Monday, November 12, 2012

Giro di Mt Ascensione (a trip to and atop and around)

11 Novembre
Happy Veteran's Day!  This crusty old vet decided to take a road trip with Bacco to a nearby peak above Ascoli Piceno, as I had never been up there and autumn colors were beckoning.  was my guide to this little hike of 20 minutes each way, but it was very rewarding for the great views!
Seriously, the hardest part was choosing the photos out of 115 to put on the blog, they were all wonderful, thanks to digital technology and God's paintbrush.
Bacco starting up the trail which was chock full of little chestnuts

View from the top of Mt. Ascensione looking west towards the Sibillinis. I have seen Ascensione from the Sibillinis many times, but this was my first the other direction.

Bacco admiring the Autumn colors

Beautiful views in every direction, another look west at Mt. Vettore
a little bit more NW

Hills covered in red

Now looking south towards the special erosive formations we have in the Marche called cilanchi.

The sun and clouds and trees combined to make the morning special

The towers atop Ascensione keep our cell phones working (somewhat)

Looking southwest towards Abruzzo

double click on these if you want to see them larger

A cross is found on the top of all the local mountains

Looking back towards Castignano in the left foreground and Offida upper right

I drove back home on the western slope of the mountain and this is a view southward.

The profile of Ascensione from the west

And this is one taken from Castorano, almost home

One last look at the dream-like landscape from the mountain top

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