Random hiking place: Horweli – Längenfeldmoos – Horweli (Obwalden, SwitzerlandI)

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How to escape a lazy Sunday day? Well, Sunday is a resting day, but this does not exclude activities which would let you feel open to the world and ready to discover something new!

We planned to hike on the alps, the sky turned darker and the weather forecast not the best. We stopped and turned to the west, avoiding the really high mountains.

Driving driving on a small road up to the hill we reached a point where we had no right to continue driving; we parked our car and we had a look to our map in wikiloc for a possible trail.

After only a few steps we reached a field of cow and a lot of ochids (Dactylorhiza fuchsii?) flowers. How cute are these animals!

We have been there around 4 hours, walking and taking pics of the typical Swiss landscape.

You can follow the path HERE in wilikoc!

 

 

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Hiking to Monte Bar from Corticiasca (Switzerland)

 

A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to make an excursion in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. We arrived in the morning and after the lunch we decided to make a few steps in the mountains around Lugano.

Friend of us suggested to visit the villages around Mt. Bar and I could not wait to go there. Since I was child I looked at these Mountains especially if covered with snow and I dreamed to go there once. In some way this never happened.

I had a look to my beloved app “wikiloc” looking for some way in order to approach the peak until I found that from the village of Corticiasca we could at least walk few hundred meters in the direction of the peak. We arrived in Corticiasca after 3 pm, quite late for this project and we started to look for a parking place: not so easy!

I started the app, and on the way I stopped for a few pictures. The village was really cute, facing the sun and looking in the direction of Lugano.

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After passing the village we reached a field with wild narcissus flowers (Narcissus poeticus), sheep at this point we saw the “Denti della Vecchia” (“old ladies teeth)

Mount was just in front of us.  A few hundred meters up adorable highland cattles! We had  spent quite a long time taking picture of those shire animals with the long horns, until one of them became quite friendly with us and we could take photos with it. We had a short rest and we filled up our bottles of water.

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My family asked me how much I planned to walk, I could not give an exactly answer I did not know how much we would walk/hike but I my mind I knew I would love to got as far as possible; the view more and more superb! We continued our walk, trees became rare and finally we reached the alpine zone. In front of us we saw the gravel road zigzagging up on the mountain in the direction of the refuge. The peak of the mount w

as covered by fog but the refuge was in front of us!

I was not prepared to find such a modern and beautiful refuge, the architecture was perfect as the combination of the wood and the wide window to view could not be more scenic!

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I run behind the refuge for a few photos and I saw that the sky cleared up and peak was in front of me! It seemed so near, but still 200 meter elevations until the peak. It was quite late, we knew that we had the way back, but the peak was irresistible. On the way we had the luck to find some gentian flowers where a fantastic highlight for us! Finally we reached the peak, some snow  here and there.

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On the way back we stopped in the hut for a coffee. We will come here again for sure!

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Wiloc trail: https://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=17723005

Around Origlio Lake

 

This year I’ve spent my Easter holidays in Ticino (Italian speaking part of Switzerland) where we enjoyed lukewarm days with the family and with friends.

After lunch we decided to have a walk, not hiking, but simply a few enjoyable hours in the nature around the protected area of the lake of Origlio.

No camera, this time, but my smartphone with one of my favorite apps “Wikiloc” to record the trail. So we are, I hope some of you will enjoy the photos and perhaps once the walk!

 

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No Way! Walk in the Black Forest

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Since I discovered “Wikiloc” at the moment my favorite App, I’m looking around for small excursions and opportunities to enjoy the nature, take pictures and to do something for our health.

Last weekend the weather was great, warm down here in the town, but the same time I saw that in the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) everything was covered with fresh coat of snow!

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We decided to try and we followed a trail around a small lake which I discovered in the map.

As we did not get early in the morning and lunch time was approaching my family decided to stop in a restaurant we got a great colored meal and a some Black Forest cake! We eat with the eyes as well, don’t we?

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Well after the lunch we tried to take a trail in the forest which was marked in the map, but almost invisible in the nature (see the title!)! Trees over the trail and about 40 cm snow. We tried to follow the trail, as least we knew where we were and we could not get lost. It was fantastic, away from everybody else, an incredible light; a dream landscape!

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With the snow we spent much more time as expected, we reached the summit as the skiing area was empty and we enjoyed the sunset walking back to the starting point.

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What a great day!

Note: Photos by my daughter and myself

Trail link with more photos:

https://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=16466959

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Tenerife: Tagana to Anaga

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We stated this year with a few days holiday on a great island as Tenerife, an island with different climates, beaches and a volcanic landscape.  The days we spent on the island were well loaded with highlights and all this now seams to be a dream.

I don’t want to forget this experience and I’m happy to share what I saw and felt in this amazing place.

We bought the flight, booked our overnight stays and prepared the program (or better the options) ahead.

A great discovery was the highly recommended app of Wikiloc! With this tool hiking was incredible attractive and we discovered an infinity of options.  All you need a good Smarphone and place (with WIFI) to load the maps and the trail ahead while during hiking the GPS will sufficient and you will not need the internet.

The fist trail we followed (by Nacho 1951) was a great hit; I really recommend to follow his trails if you are on Teneriffe. He is a great expert and a good guide!

Trail: https://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=10941597

Coming from the south we reached the Anaga after about 30 minutes drive through an enchanted forest and spectacular views!

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We parked in picturesque village called Taganana with a beautiful old church an a wonderful “dragon tree“.

The walk starts in Taganana from the central of “Plaza Nuestra Señora de Las Nieves”; we walked along historical trails from where we enjoyed the spectacular views and we reached the incredible beautiful laurel forest (“laurisilva”).

 

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We shortened the trail going back to Taganana by car, so that we had some more time to explore the north coast passing from Benijo whith the black sand beach and having a look to the village of Draguillo.

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https://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=10941597

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