We toodled along SS299 behind two very slow moving cars before we escaped at Balmuccia, taking the offshoot into the hills. Destination Carcoforo, at it's very end.
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Things that stick up and out from the surrounding area always catch my attention.
A better view of a rock climber's dream, The Rock of Boccioletto.
I almost missed the little village that was lost among the dramatic landscape, all the hues were so similar. I felt I was looking on a lost, ancient village.
Another village, taking its isolated life literally to the edge...
...all the way over there
And from where I took those photos, right at my feet, hiding below the road...
Carcoforo...(where a man stood at the parking lot and watched us for quite a while and made me nervous.) The place seemed deserted although people live here year-round.
Back on the 'ancient village theme" that looks like a snow lizard on the roof, who had the villagers for a winter meal.
Then the mysterious man approached us, asking if we had seen the notices along the road of avalanche danger. Park Ranger. We were not supposed to be there as the road was closed. Kindly get out.
On the way down, we searched for them...set on the side of the road, leaving the passage clear for anyone to drive by. Well done! Not one of them said "Closed".
We counted five avalanches that were now cleared from the road.