My Photowalk - A Mountain Hike On The Trail: The Damned Of The Horse - Discovering Italy with alequandro
Last Saturday, as often happens, my brother calls me saying:
I want to walk in the mountains!
Choose a place that I leave immediately!
For the excursion I chose an itinerary that I never did.
We went by car to Santa Felicita valley and on foot we embarked on a path called:
The Damned Of The Horse
A strange name, I can not explain the reason.
Santa Felicita Valley is located in Romano d'ezzelino, in the province of Vicenza, in northern Italy
The beginning of the route we were at an altitude of 200 meters above sea level.
The path starts with the sight of a religious chapel.
This area had been a strategic military point during the First World War.
During the war there was even a train station that was used to bring the materials and supplies for the army.
Throughout the day I met 10 people, the weather was great even though when we walked through the valley we felt a cold wind coming from the north.
Here is the indication to the path! Let's begin!
Always uphill, step by step...
It was easy to gain altitude and the tired legs reminded me of the reason. :D
Here's where we started!! We are only at the beginning!!
My brother, look at the view and take a breath...
My brother who indicates a bird of prey, perhaps an eagle!
We were approaching the tops, the legs were thanking us!
We reach an area called the Hazel Plain.
In that place in summer you can catch some delicious hazelnuts!
We arrive at a group of houses.
There was a ban on access but it was lunch time and my brother and I decided to take advantage of a beautiful view to take a break! :D
We did very well!
We entered and the view was beautiful!
We lay down on the grass and ate the sandwiches I had made at home while I waited for my brother to arrive. What a relaxation!!
We have resumed the journey.
The path was easier, there was less slope.
Since it was not late we decided to lengthen the route and we climbed on a hill called colle colle.
There was also snow in the shady areas!
As I walked, I noticed a hidden sign...
In the sign it is written that during the First World War a water tank had been dug into the rock where water was pumped through a powerful pumping system placed in the valley.
While with difficulty and only with the light of the smartphone I tried to get in luck I see a reflection ... it was all dark. I did not see anything!
So I decide to take a picture with the flash to see something... luckily I took the picture!!!
I leave the gallery and observe how much we have gained in altitude.
We had made about 1000 meters in altitude!
I see another sign and the Indiana Jones hiding inside tells me that I have to go and explore !! :D
The gallery that led to an observation point was low, I had to lower myself a lot.
After a few meters I see a blade of light crack the darkness...
The opening is small, it was not a passage but certainly needed to take aim with a rifle.
We decide to try to get out of there, even if very tight!
Here we go out!
We turn east and continue along the path alongside a dense forest of fir trees.
The little snow that was there was completely frozen in fact we tried to avoid walking on it.
The remains of a fallen tree catch my attention and I decide to take a picture.
Then I took a series of photos of the landscape that surrounded us.
The warmth of the sun on the face, the sound of the wind...
While talking animatedly with my brother I realize with the corner of the eye of a group of chamois that run !! Wow I had not noticed! I managed to do only this picture... I took 3 but it will have been 10 !! What a pity!!
After a quarter of an hour of desperation because I was not able to photograph well the chamois, I am a bit consoled by some flowers...
We were coming down the mountain, I could not wait to take off my boots that made me a little sick...
Along the path we passed near a rock face where some climbers were training ... wow, the last time I climbed it will be 15 years! I have to start again, it's great to climb!
We were almost there, tired but happy!
My brother was destroyed :D
His wife told me that the next day he slept all day until dinner time !! :D
I hope you enjoyed this photowalk of my excursion !!
Let me know in the comments if you like this type of post, so I'll do it like this again!