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Published: July 15th 2009
The best things in life don’t come on a plate. Or précuit, as the French have it. So we made sure that yesterday we did all we could to earn our wonderful day out.
A friend here in Laroque works for EDF, and so has access to their mountain refuge high up in the Pyrenees Orientales for any friends and family he might like to take there. He’s been planning a summer break up there for the children and teenagers who are members of our local MJC- youth centre: this is the week when it's happening.
Teenagers need to be catered for. He reckoned that about 150 meals worth of food needed to be transported up the mountain to see the holiday through, and he didn’t think the young people would be able to manage it all. But he thought he knew a few people who could. He thought of us, besides some other willing packhorses
On Monday we collected the rations we’d be carrying. On Tuesday at 5.00 a.m. we got up, with the rain pouring outside, to get on the road so we could begin our walk just after 8.00, and avoid the heat that’s been
Here be marmots...
...we stood for ages watching 3 of them feeding. You'll just have to believe me, I couldn't get a picture of them
the pattern over the last week or so.
Is it all beginning to sound a bit punitive? Well, it wasn’t. Not at all. Although it continued to rain in Laroque, over near the Etang de Lanoux the sun shone all day, the scenery was wild and magnificent, the company was fun, and in my case at least, the food parcel wasn’t too heavy. The pictures tell the story.
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