Yesterday we hiked up and around Cinque Torri with a few friends. We had done it last year in October, but this trip was completely different. It was a beautiful, warm day (last year it was cold and windy) and all of the rifugios were still open (last year they were closed because it was so late in the season). The rifugios all have a tiny restaurant and rooms that more serious hikers can rent for 50 euro a night - some people hike from town to town this way, so we saw a lot of people with huge backpacks full of all their things.
We had a surprise when we got to the very top (which we also didn't do last year); the rifugio there was owned by someone we knew! They welcomed all 10 of us very warmly and we sat on long benches in the sun and looked out at the view, while they fed us sausages and polenta, cheese and mushrooms, crispy potatoes with onions and cold German beer. It was the perfect Sunday adventure - here's a few pictures if you'd like to see:
Off we go....
This is only halfway up!
The terrain gets a little tougher closer to the top!
Exhausted at the top!
Regaining our strength
Ryan and the chef (who had a great hat!)
That's Cortina wayyyy down there