Second appointment with our travel section The Wander Playlist, a series of very personal micro travel diaries or short photographic guides who will tell, for the whole year, the contemporary outdoor culture.
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This second leg of our trip was born thanks to the valuable advice of two dear friends of Collater.al, Sara De Luigi e Ilaria Villani, and an exchange of emails that made us decide almost at the last moment to change route and discover the province of Varese, facing two days of walks in Val Veddasca, between the Lake Maggiore coast and the Monte Lema.
We start our first day during a morning that promised rain and then, instead, invests us with a warm sun. The first stop is close to Milan and our car runs along an almost deserted road. We arrive at Valganna Falls which it’s still early, just 11 o’clock. We stop a few minutes before restarting. Along the way, we meet an artificial lake dedicated to the rearing of trout, carp and perch and to recreational fishing.where a grandfather teaches fishing to his grandchildren and a group of seventy sunbathing cheering them.
We continue towards Luino and we stop for lunch in a small restaurant before starting again. A ride around the waterfront and then, by car, dozens of switchbacks before arriving at Passo della Forcora. We climb to the top. The resorts are already turned off, and there is no one except us. We remain to photograph a livid sunset, open on the two lakes that surround us: the Lake Maggiore and the Lake Deli.
The first night it rains and in the morning we wake up under a cloudy sky. The lake Maggiore silent and solitary shore has an austere charm. After a walk, we decide to start walking towards the Monte Lema. We face dozens of switchbacks of narrow streets. More we go up and more the fog goes up with us. In no time we are surrounded by a spooky and surreal atmosphere, red leaves, dark trunks and milky air. We decide to continue. We arrive at the mountain huts at lunchtime, although the fog makes us lose track of time.
Shortly before leaving a hiker shows us some photos on his phone: he just comes down from the mountain, climbing up to the top get over the fog is it possible find an amazing sea of clouds. Just a 40 minute walk, we decided to try. But for us it’s not as easy. As we climb the fog is climbing with us and when we reach the top we see nothing, not even the road to go back. I decide to send a farewell message to my girlfriend to reassure her.
As we descend the fog goes away and so, two hours later, when we find ourselves at the mountain huts again we find that they are just still 6 o’clock. The sun has only now decided to go back and join us on the way back.
WHAT TO SEE
Passo Della Forcora
WHERE TO EAT
Rifugio Campiglio – rifugiocampiglio.it