Just every now and again, Maggie takes me out for a nice walk! Just a 10 min drive from the campsite, in the middle of a mountain crater, is the lovely Lac Chambon. The trail takes about an hour and has some beautiful views over the lake to the nearby peaks and the Chaudefour Valley. Walking through the beech trees and listening to the water gently lapping at the lakeside was very relaxing, and with few people about it was nice to enjoy the views and the peace.
Trail through the beech trees
Of course Maggie loved the new smells and tracks, and I was rather enjoying it too! Yes, I was also enjoying the smells… wild honeysuckle, the earthy richness of the woodland and the freshness of the lake.
Being so quiet and with the lack of people I was able to really enjoy the range of birdsong, and watch small waterbirds, fish and frogs. Maggie is always totally non-plussed by these distractions, so they rarely get disturbed. So, imagine my surprise and delight when I came across a harvest mouse, right at the edge of the path.
Well, this walking was hard work and Maggie decided to treat me. She did have to borrow some money, and I’m still waiting for it to be paid back! But it was worth it 🙂
I have to say it was just what was needed on such a lovely day. The pistachio ice-cream was the best, but the rich creamy vanilla was SO good that I had to share some of it.
And just like that…..gone!
What a good job I had that sustenance which allowed me to drive the few kms back to the campsite. Life can be SO tiring!