Day 3 continued
Col de la Seigne Travel Blog› entry 11 of 17 › view all entries
From Ville des Glaciers, I worked my way towards the Col de la Seigne. The trail went up the valley a ways at a steady pace until you got to Refuge des Mottets then it starts the accent. Right after I got to the refuge and started up, I decided it was lunch time. So I parked on the side of the trail and started cooking some beans. MMMM mmmm! As I was sitting there, a four-wheeler took off up the trail towards the top. It later returned with a second one, with people hanging on to the front and back. I thought he was about to go over the edge a few times or at least through the people off, but he made it down safely. Also, there was a group of people who were running down the hill (not the trail) which I found extremely odd. I would later find out that they were the French mountain troops whose truck I passed in Ville des Glaciers.
After lunch, I worked my way up the side of the mountain. Halfway up, I ran into an older lady and a late 30's guy. We talked a little, and this was the group from Texas that I had heard about. There were a total of 13 of them. They mostly worked for Continental Airlines or at least that was the connection. The guy was there with his brother and son while their dad was bike riding around the alps. He asked me about the Oklahoma game and was happy when I said they lost because he went to BYU. Anyway, we made it up to the Col and hiked into Italy. That is a great feeling to hike into a different country! A real sense of accomplishment! The view down the Val Veni was great! We noticed a refuge to the north that was just hanging on the cliff.
From here, I split off and went down the Val Veni towards Elisabetta. The first thing you get to is an old Italian customs post. They have turned it into a sort of museum. The rest of the hike down was pretty uneventful until right before you get to the refuge. You have to climb up 50 meters just when you think you are done. Yuck! But alas, Elisabetta. The location was equally as beautiful as Refuge du Bonhomme's was, and this one came with two glaciers right behind it!