|A sneak preview of next week's blog post. Any guesses where this is?|
I've mentioned Swiss Mountain Huts multiple times on this blog, but I have relatively little understanding of how life in one would actually work. I also find it difficult to communicate what, exactly, these huts are like. So, when I stumbled across this photo series on Swiss huts by photographers Dan and Janine Patitucci, I was thrilled. The article is fantastic and well worth a look (and check out their website too, they're amazing photographers!).
|My first mountain hut, Oberstockenalp on the Stockhorn.|
|Where I want to be right now: Stockhorn.|
As I'm currently stuck in Winnipeg, I'm dreaming of mountains and long hikes. I just found out about the Via Dinarica, a long-distance hiking trail through the Balkans. The Balkans are high on my travel list anyways, and this trail sounds stunningly beautiful.
If the Via Dinarica is too short for you, consider the Via Alpina, a set of very long-distance trails traversing the European countries along the Alps. If you've got a few years or so to spare, the Red Trail traverses all of the countries; the much shorter Green Trail looks to be very close to an itinerary I've been thinking and dreaming about prior to discovering the trail.
If both of the above sound too civilized, this video is breathtaking: a 19-day traverse of the extremely isolated Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska. Far beyond any skill and experience I have at the moment, but a girl can dream, right?
|Gates of the Arctic National Park. Photo courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Wikipedia. The original can be found here.|
|A cute bike, photographed in Baden, Switzerland.|
On a happier note: Lonely Planet is holding a competition for one of six "dream trips". I've already entered, maybe you shouldn't so I have a better chance ;).
Any links you think I should check out?