We set off for a gentle hike into the woods of a nearby alp with low cloud brushing the treetops. First we followed a forest trail, zig-zagging steadily up the hill side, getting warmer as we gained altitude. After some time we reached a high farm, and behind a large clearing. Settling down for a short lunch break, we were greeted by a small herd of somewhat over-friendly horses. Their huge muscular forms pressed with gentle power against our small naked forms, and with our cautious uncertainty, we gained the knowledge of a certain humility in the face of raw nature.
Leaving the horses behind, we climbed higher up the wide open green slopes, pausing again by the tree line for a chat and to enjoy the gorgeous alpine view of high pastures and trees, below and all around us. Next we headed up into the steep forest to try to force a route across the ridge and down to the path in the next valley. The going was too strenuous, especially for Mira with one eye covered by her medical patch, so we turned back and took our original route. While my preference is always for a circular route, sometimes one has to be pragmatic and enjoy the rest of the day. We descended the forestry trail once more and returned to our hut to cook up some nosh, storing energy for the next days’ hike.