Monday, July 16, 2007

Hiking in Valsassina: More polenta!

This is the panorama that pops into view after climbing a trail which doesn't much prepare hikers for the scenic beauty awaiting at the end. It was a steady climb up - another 10 minutes and we're at Rifugio Riva, standing under the shade of a big old beech tree. As the chosen route for yesterday, I have to give ourselves a pat on the back for sticking with it — it was almost 90 degrees out, yet we persisted without too much trouble. Fortunately on this hike, a small stream intersected certain points on the path where Maddie could easily plop herself into the water to cool off.

Polenta, as was to be expected, was the main carb-filler on the menu. With rabbit, stewed beef, or ossobucco to choose from, just pick your protein as everything that came through the kitchen doors looked pretty damn good. I went for tagliatelle with baby zucchini in cream sauce, and a plate named verdure delizie, or vegetable delights. My husband's appetite demanded a bit more. Polenta with potatoes and cheese followed by a plate of sliced meats...and more POLENTA? (He never finished it.)

Me and Mads under the shade of the old beech tree at Rifugio Riva

Nr. 34 - from Baiedo to Rifugio Riva -- around 3½ hours r.t.
Map it: Google
Notes: From the intersection at Bar Rocca, follow the white/brown sign for Piani di Nava. Up ahead where via B. Anesetti turns into piazza S. Pietro, take the immediate left and watch for signs to rifugio Riva. The roughly cemented road continues on an upward slope for a short distance until it bends around the last dwelling of Baiedo with a marker that clearly points the way to the refuge. From there, the path becomes rockier, paving the way for 4x4's and the residents who live up in the mountains.

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Howzit Rowena,
I just LOVE this scenery! Congrats to the three of you for making it! You all will be pros after this summer! Stop by my blog when you have a moment; I have something for you and no, it is not a meme.
barbara | Homepage | 07.18.07 - 11:50 am

The scenery and the food both look spectacular! Is that yellow mountain to the left of the meats a single serving??? Like Poppy, I too am green with envy - I'm sure there are beautiful trails over here, but I can't imagine that any would end with vistas and culinary delights comparable to these!
Cathy | Homepage | 07.18.07 - 2:38 am

Hey, I am totally Kermit green with envy from all your recent walking/eating posts! Thanks again for sharing.
Poppy | 07.17.07 - 9:38 am

Oooooooooh the sliced meats look divine! I wish we had just one restaurant on Oahu that served the dishes you just had at Valsassina! Maddie deserves plenty of doggie treats for being such a good hiking companion!
Kathy | Homepage | 07.17.07 - 7:21 am

I love this (as to be expected)! Wish I had been there!
bea at La tartine gourmande | Homepage | 07.16.07 - 4:18 pm

Gosh, it was HOT over there! I love this photo of the trail and the rolling hills! Plus, there was polenta...lots of it!!
Kat | Homepage | 07.16.07 - 4:15 pm

Beautiful! Lovely photos. Good for Maddie that she's such a trooper! It looks like you had a fantastic day even with the heat.
Ambra | Homepage | 07.16.07 - 2:52 pm