14.09.2016 - 17.09.2016 18 °C
Had a lovely meal at ‘The Table’ restaurant with Patsy and Kelly (their daughter). Mario was on duty in the kitchen so actually cooked our pastas!
Next day JT and I drove to the lake we’d seen from our walk the previous day – the largo di fedia. It’s an artificial lake that has featured in one of the ”Ocean’s” movies (11 or 12, not sure which) but the dam was blown up in the movie. It was another stunning day and we enjoyed the breeze off the lake as we walked the length, beneath the Marmolada Glacier. Even spotted a fisherman in action – at a distance so not sure what the fish was but they were very dark shapes in the water.
Then back to Arabba to welcome Phil and Cathy Milne and Rob and Jill Cattell – the first of the NZ travellers to gather before our Tuscan adventure. Also caught up with Lara from our B&B in February, the two girls, Emily and Anna, have grown so much already but it was lovely to see them all.
Enjoyed another lovely meal together, this time at the Hotel Olympia where our other ski guide from February (Deagio) is working. Mario and Patsy joined us for a drink after the meal. So, we’ve now caught up with everyone in Arabba from February and they all know I’m walking around as good as new (well except for steep downhills).
The plan for the next day was a walk up from Passo Pordoi into the Sella Group. It was lovely as we headed up the cable car, but by the time we got to the top (3,000m) the clouds had descended. Still we decided to try for Rifugio Boe which was a 21/2hr walk along the tops. Well, it looked like a lunar landscape – and had actually been a sea bed in aeons past. Shame the visibility wasn’t great as the views would have been stunning. It was a strenuous walk – a few places had wire ropes and foot bars to assist with the route. But we all made it and enjoyed the strudel – made up in the hut. Rob, Jill and I decided to return via the same route, but JT, Phil and Cathy headed off for a round trip 6 hours of strenuous tramping in the really steep stuff, I think Rob, Jill and I had the better idea, especially as it started to rain when we were about a 1/3rd of the way back! But we all made it back safely – some with a few tales to tell of misadventure and wrong turns!!!!!
Dinner at ‘Table’ again as the Wallace clan had arrived – and it does cater so well for big groups.
The next day a more relaxed walk was planned. The weather had definitely turned cooler too, so a drive around the Sella Rounda was planned. Up the Passo Pordio, coffee in Canazei and a walk around the old town, then on via Passo di Sello, to Selva di V.Gardena for lunch then on up the Val de Gardena for a walk around the ski area at the top of the pass, and down through Corvara to Arabba.
A last dinner at ‘Table’ to finish the day – with Patsy and Mario joining us again at the end of the evening. So great to be able to talk to them and hear about the history of the area. And also pick their brains on where to walk and which refugio to visit!