20 July 2012 La Vallee de Cautarets

Today we drove through the Pyrenees to the Valley of Cautarets for some mountain hiking. It was foggy along the way and fairly cool. The town of Cautarets boasts a market, casino and spa. Apparently you have to have all three! The way up was steep but filled with waterfalls, wildflowers and other hikers. By the time we got to the lake mountain (Lac de Gaube) the mist cleared to reveal soaring cliff faces, mile-high pine trees and a clear lake that went forever. On the way we also saw a giant yellow gentian flower, mushies, slugs and other assorted delights. The Pont d’Espagne (Espagne bridge) was spectacular and really steep. It was freezing at lunchtime so just as well I bought out Kathmandu!

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