Monday, February 06, 2006

Aussie outing

On Saturday a bunch of aussie enthusiasts in Slovenia—a small but growing group—hiked with our dogs up the Krnica valley near Kranjska Gora. It was about an hour and a half of gentle uphill walking, the first part in sun and paralleling the course of the Pišnica, to the mountain hut Koča pri Krnici, then back out again by the same route in reverse.

I admit I had my doubts about leaving the warm and sunny Karst for the cold North—we lost the sun to dreary fog from about Postojna onwards, and it didn't re-emerge until just before Kranjska Gora. But it was a glorious day out. Cerulean sky, sparkling white snow, mountain views, and romping aussies in every direction. Plus a couple of border collies, an Airedale, and a St. Bernard (have I left anyone out?). The snow cover in the mountains around Kranjska Gora is unusually heavy this year, about 2 meters in depth, but the trail to the hut is well-packed, well-groomed, wide, and easy to hike. People walk and ski its length, and supplies are brought in to the hut by snowmobile. I've hiked this trail before, but never before in winter, and never before with dogs. Exuberance notwithstanding, the dogs mostly behaved themselves in the presence of other hikers, and seemed to be more a source of enjoyment and target of admiration than a nuisance for the people we encountered.

Photos of the outing available here, here, and over at Tina's blog.

More photos of the Julian Alps (in summer) here.


Blogger Elizabeth said...

Looks like fun! Sure aren't any mountains around here...

do you think border collies could be used to chase Israeli settlers back across the Green Line?

3:05 AM, February 10, 2006  
Blogger Jean said...

Worth a try! Maybe a combined brigade of border collies and aussies...but I'd be afraid the IDF would unleash (did I really just say "unleash"?)their snipers, bombs, bulldozers etc. on them.

8:00 AM, February 10, 2006  
Blogger Jean said...

On the other hand if the Israelis fired on dogs I'm certain there would be more outrage globally than there is when they shoot Palestinian kids

8:08 AM, February 10, 2006  

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