“Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.” – Edward Abbey
It was February. I had never thought it was finished. That is why that Autumn I had put so much effort to have it back and I was right. Everything was going in the right place again and was about to restart the same way it was in the very beginning, two years earlier. I was feeling new energies inside me, so I decided that moment should have been celebrated with something special. Since so many years I have been thinking about going there. Now it´s the moment. So I call a friend, we book everything in one night and two nights later there we go: Val Pusteria, Val Fiscalina and Cime di Lavaredo. I wanted to go up there in full winter to experience the beauty of those mountains in perfect solitude. I wanted that just for me, only for me. It´s a cold Friday evening, it is snowing in Munich and on the way to the Alps it snows more and more. The sky is red, the road is white, my hope is green. We go south. Led Zeppelin sing on the radio with their legendary hypnotic music: I’m gonna give you my love, Wanna Whole Lotta Love? We cross the border with Italy. I am home, it is just a few km beyond the borders but I can feel it. There is something familiar. Noone is around, the snow falling softly makes everything silent and so perfect. It is midnight when we arrive in Dobbiaco. It will be our base to explore the white paradise during the following days. I go to bed but can´t sleep. Too many energies flow in my body. I wake up when it is still dark and I wait for that. The sun comes up in the sky, I open the window and the village shows to me its most beautiful white dress. The day can start!
We head south until we reach lake of Landro, located in the homonym valley. We can´t go beyond. We stop immediately our car. What our eyes see looks like a dream. We jump out of the car!
The lake is completely iced. We walk on it to get closer to this breathtaking view of Cristallo mountain range that looks like an immense giant in front of us, shining as gold in the misty morning atmosphere. Oh God. Oh God. It is so beautiful and immense!
Our trip must go on! So we go back to our car and we reach Lake of Misurina. It is the largest natural lake of the Cadore and it is 1,754 m above sea level. Our eyes can space until the other side of the lake but not farther since the lake is closed by a huge bareer: the south east slopes of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and the Cadini, Sorapiss and Cristallo massifs in the heart of the UNESCO Dolomite Heritage area.
The particular climatic characteristics of the area around the lake make it famous all over the world for its health-giving air that is particularly good for those who have respiratory diseases. The air is so light and so pure…
After filling our lungs with pure oxygen we finally reach our destination, Auronzo di Cadore. It seems we must say oh and oh and oh all the times today. I didn´t know such beauty could really exist on Planet Earth. It is just perfect!
We start walking through the woods. We go up, up and up through the white path. And marvelous Cime di Lavaredo come closer. Don´t be so impatient, baby… Tomorrow I will be there with you!
We want to go to the top of Monte Piana (2324 msl). This area tells the story of the tragedy of the First World War, a high plateau which is now a veritable outdoor museum. And there we are finally.
The colors are so brilliant, the ice blinks in front of us but the sky is divided in between shining blue on one side and dark grey clouds on the other side. The weather makes somehow even more dramatic the atmosphere, reminding us all those poor men fighting each other in the barricades built up here. So many thousands died because of the most stupid human invention called war.
Everything is energy. Your thought begins it, your emotion amplifies it and your action increases the momentum. Let your emotions come out!