It's off to the Pyrenees Again!
Well, on this 5th anniversary of September 11, 2001 I'm flying. Gulp. And to France no less. Now, don't get me wrong. I like France. Not too crazy about their government-they haven't had a good one since Napoleon- but the French people are wonderful (get out of Paris), the cuisine is fabulous,the wine is splendid and the hiking is superb. Every year my wife Heather and I lead American hikers for two weeks in the Pyrenees Mountains for Walking Softly Adventures. We spend a week in France and a week in Spain. Same mountain range-two different experiences-just like the Cascades. France is wet. Spain is dry. Anyhow, some of these trails I know better than some of my favorites in the Whites and the Cascades. The Pyrenees are great mountains. Not as developed as the Alps-not as crowded-lots of wildlife-incredible flowers and fantastic hiking. Perhaps someday you'll join us. A bien tot mon ami!