Thursday, July 10, 2008
We took a day of vacation and went up into the Sibillina mountains to take a really nice stroll through a canyon cut by a stream over many millions of years. It has cut formations similar to the pictures I have seen of slot canyons. I had purchased waterproof hiking shoes just for this hike, and others like it, in our mountains an hour away. Bacco had a ball greeting all the hikers as we went along, as well as taking baths and drinking his fill every 200 meters or so. Be sure to check out Raffaele's blog post for today at the Nascondigliodibacco.blogspot.com link. We hiked, by my estimate about 10 miles and I had to try to enter one of the slot canyons to try out my shoes. I got well into the canyon climbing up on driftwood and finding handholds on the walls. Unfortunately, behind me, Bacco tried to follow me and more unfortunate still, Raffaele was not quick on the draw with his camera to show Bacco jumping up the stream and slipping back each time.
We then hiked up to a little church on a promontory which is being rebuilt ala St Francis, stone by stone by a single priest who 1st came up with the idea 38 years ago and has been plugging away ever since. I will have to post other pictures as I took a total of 90 today. (If these pix are not up to snuff it is because i had very sad news from this week-my Canon broke- and I will probably be without my baby for months as I would guess it will have to go back to the factory. To add insult to injury, I jumped into the pool with my motorola razor in my pocket and it was particulary incazzato afterwards, and now refuses to work. Oh well, I have my health!)
Finally, starving after the hike we tried out a really nice restaurant in the middle of nowhere called Il Tiglio with white glove service (no lie!) and then headed for home.
Tomorrow, I will be guiding a tour of our vineyard with 2 representatives from the company who sold us 1/2 of our grapevines and they are staying with us tonight.
The garden is producing a ton of zucchini, tomatoes, and sunflowers (don't know what to do with them, but I have hung some to dry to see if I can toast the seeds) and our cantaloupe are starting to mature. I harvested 20 lbs of figs yesterday and need to search for recipes. Maybe I will make fig ice cream.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! More pix to come.
Posted by Dwight at 10:49 PM