Hiking in South Tyrol — Day 10

The Dolomites are a UNESCO World Heritage Site for good reason.(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) _________________________ I take one last swim before breakfast and dream of stepping on the scale when I get home late tonight, knowing that I will be noticeably […]

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Hiking in South Tyrol — Day 9

(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) It’s really hard to believe we’ve been hiking every day for nine days. Yesterday, I turned to Andreas the mountain goat breeder and said, “Wouldn’t it be nice to do this every day?” He said, “Yes, that […]

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Hiking in South Tyrol — Day 8

Der Ortler is the mountain dwarfed by this big rock(Very important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) ___________________________ The radio announcer says, in the most delightfully full-of-spit South Tyrolean accent, that today and tomorrow will be the hottest days of the year. They will, […]

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Hiking in South Tyrol — Day 7

Time to reflect. Seventh days are always good for that, right? While doing my best to do the backstroke in the pool this morning, I take inventory of the last few days. Six days times an average of 5 hours of hiking each day equals 30 hours. I do this without a calculator. “Thirty hours,” […]

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Hiking In South Tyrol — Day 6

(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) _________________________________________ It’s day six. We have the same goal as yesterday. Well, it’s sort of the same goal. Today there will be a party at the top of the mountain. Today we have a GOAL. We take […]

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Hiking in South Tyrol — Day 5

(Very important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) ____________________________________________ The temperature is climbing. Already at 10:00 a.m. it’s approaching 90 degrees. We pack extra water and head for a trail we’ve done before. It’s only a short drive from our apartment. Today, I’ve brought […]

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Hiking in South Tyrol — Day 4

On a rarely used trail near Meran 2000(Very important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually works.) ________________________________ We can see Meran 2000 from our balcony. It’s one of the many peaks towering over the basin we’re in. When I come from my swim–the calves and knees have […]

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Hiking in South Tyrol — Day 3

The Maiser Waalweg near MeranoI’ve forgotten to tell you about our holiday apartment. Zea Apartments in Merano is a great, friendly place with a nice pool and plenty of places to rest in its beautiful garden (which we never had time to use, but hey). I did, however, go swimming every morning for my shoulder. […]

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Hiking in South Tyrol — Day 2

One of the many rock piles made by hikers. (Very important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) ___________________________ Hiking up mountains is very healthy. It’s actually one of the healthiest pastimes one can have besides sipping wine. Hiking down mountains is just stupid. It’s […]

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Hiking in South Tyrol — Day 1

Meran/Merano, South Tyrol (Italy)(Very important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) We head to the Dolomites and the surrounding mountains near Meran(o) at least once a year. I am a crazy hiker. I love trudging up a mountain–is it really “trudging” when you love […]

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