We drove through Bonnieux, past Saignon to the start of the hike in a little town called Auribeau. The fall colors have been getting better every day; the trees along our hike had more yellow than red, but a mountain to the north had a distinctly red-ish hue. The trail proved easier than we had thought, and while we gained about 2,000 feet it was a steady incline and a smooth trail. About half way up while waiting for Mom and Dad at a turn in the trail Alan followed a little branch trail and came on a great view to the east and north of the Alps covered in fresh snow. It was one of the nicest mountain views I have seen, but the dark grey cloud rolling towards us was not a pleasant sight.
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If we thought we were cold before lunch we were really cold after lunch. The gray cloud of sleet was almost upon us, and Mom and Dad opted for an old road that lead down while Alan and I stuck with the trail. Alan decided to take off a layer as he warmed from walking, and so I put it on, as I couldn’t get warm. The sleet started, but thankfully was light and didn’t last long.
We finally warmed up as we neared a chapel close to the bottom of the hike; it was undergoing restoration and the ruins of the old town and a moss covered borie actually interested us more, but mostly I was ready to be in the car with the heater going! We made it back to the car, where Mom and Dad we waiting, and headed home. Hot drinks were at the top of everyone’s list, and we decided to stop at the patisserie in Bonnieux on the way home for treats for conquering the mountain and the weather.
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|This borie made me think of hobbits : )|