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A Day on the Trail with Abruzzo Passion Walking Holidays

February 19, 2010

An Walking/Hiking Vacation is a great way to explore our world. Join a group of fun people who share your interests as we go on a day hike in Abruzzo, Enjoy a little taste of Italy.

After consuming a hearty breakfast, we depart for the trailhead. It’s close to our conveniently located Accommodation, so we take a leisurely stroll – greeting friendly locals and shopkeepers along the way.

Breathing in the fresh mountain air, we set out on our trail. Carpets of Wildflowers surround us. Gentle cows graze the alpine grasses – serenading us with a cheerful tinkle of bells. Hiking here is so refreshing.

A meandering path leads us through hillocks of glacial moraine, now cloaked in a splendid green, to the edge of a startlingly beautiful emerald lake. The nearby mountains reflect on its surface.

We make a brief stop to admire this natural jewel. Some of our group rambles around the tiny lake – others lay back and enjoy the serenity.

Our trail continues along a high mountain valley bordered by towering snow-capped peaks. Beautiful Alpenroses form a lovely rolling heath. We tramp across a small snowfield – its coolness underfoot contrasts with the glorious warmth of the alpine sun.

We spy a cairn ahead with the familiar red-and-white trail marking painted on one of its rocks. Rounding a corner we spot our lunchtime destination in the distance – a solid refuge growing out of the surrounding rocks.

As we settle ourselves on a rustic, sun-drenched mountain slope, a tantalizing smell of frying onions and sausages greets us. Lunch is hearty mountain fare – a wonderfully golden, crispy fried potato pancake with egg and bacon *frittata – served by our Local Manager in a traditional, Abruzzese farmer’s smock.

We wash down our delicious lunch with a sip of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and gaze out across a massive glacier winding its way down between two peaks and glistening in the sunlight.

Well sated, we regain our trail and soon find ourselves breaking out onto a sloping hillside – affording us stunning views of the valley far below. We see a tiny hamlet across the valley, its sun-burned houses and barns surround a central church spire. A massive mountain rears up behind this peaceful scene.

Slowly dropping down a gentle path, we enter a straggle of dwarf pine. We’re greeted by a pungent fragrance that reminds us of the cleanliness of this wonderful habitat. The afternoon sun is gaining strength and it’s a perfect time for us to enter the cool loaminess of the lower forest. We follow the edge of a cascading glacier-fed creek – its frostiness refreshes the air around us.

We clatter across an ancient wooden bridge – its surface well worn by generations of cows being driven to Alpine meadows. In the lower pastures, local farmers are harvesting the hay with large wooden rakes. A comforting, sun-rich smell of dried grasses greets us.

The relaxing smell of hay and the warmth of the sun has put us into a peaceful, lazy mood.

We relax in a cozy nook and relieve today’s experiences.

We amble back to our welcoming inn – a great time for relaxed exploration of the local shops. Back at our accommodation, some members catch up on reading – others send postcards or nap in the warm afternoon sun.

Later, we’ll watch as the sun paints the mountains with golden color. An adventure travel vacation in Abruzzo, Italy is a fantastic experience.

Tomorrow, we set off on another lovely adventure.

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