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Hiking: Sorico - Damaso

It was a first for me having recently arrived in Italy; well, 2 years ago but with moving and COVID-19 my plans to discover Italy were put on the back burner until now. It was a lovely day although now starting to get a bit colder. I met Laura and her husband along the way and followed them to Sorico.

I was amazed at how quickly I could leave the concrete landscape of Milan and be in the snow topped mountains. It was only my second time out of Milan and discovering the landscape is very exciting for me.

Once at the car park, we started walking along the path leading to the Lake.

I enjoyed the fact everyone could do as they wanted even though we were a group of 18 or so. The wind picked up along the way and was quite surprised to see some waves ... and even more so to see some ducks bobbing up-and-down on the surface

As we walked along the shore there were peoples houses overlooking the lake, one of whom knew Marisa. We took the leisurely approach stopping when we felt the need and walking on, chatting with various different people along the way.

Funny or not so funny were my shoes .. after 7 years of storage in Paris the rubber decided to give up holding itself together. At first I felt like I was wearing slippers then it got worse so we tied the shoe lace around it. It worked temporarily as the rubber then was intent on splitting itself from me ... gradually it all came off and a kind persons husband pulled em off !!

I hobbled along with sore feet and made it to lunch whereupon I was given a gift of 3 large prawns! The Italian lady was very talkative with us and seemed to enjoy having us there.

Marisa and I stayed having an ice cream on a bench along the shore as we waited for 2 people to arrive for a lift in her car back to the car park. Others carried on walking some the hard route and some the soft but for me ... it was over as my shoes decided it so I drove back to Milan content to have made it :)

Karen Lee Victoria Mann

What a lovely walk we had on the lakeside along the Como lake from Sorico to Domaso (7.5km) on Saturday 26th September, enjoying the sunny, clear and windy day. Along the shoreline we could admire the fantastic view and we were lucky to see the first snow on the mountains.

Along the lakeshore we walked by many camping sites with many caravans and mobile homes. We saw surfers enjoy this 'windsurfing paradise', as Domaso calls itself. There are plenty of spots along the lakeshore where people can stop, relax, take photos, have a drink or 'aperi

Amely and Anna

A successful hike requires the right ingredients: the right setting, good humour, simple ideas, the necessary equipment and of course the right company.....

Well, the Benvenuto hike, organized by Marisa certainly had all these...and more, (she must have contacts in the 'higher realms') as the day she chose was magnificent! It was a clear, glorious, sunny day with blue skies and a delightful breeze. What a beautiful, I realize just why people come all the way from the States to organize their weddings on these amazing glacial lakes! The mountains, with their snow-capped peaks were a refreshing and surprising sight. The walk was simple, pleasant, relaxing, inviting us to take pictures, to chat, to exchange ideas. It gave us the opportunity to get to know each other better and to listen to each other. The emphasis this year in our club is 'Friendship' and walking and talking go hand in hand, so I do hope the hiking group will encourage easy, slow walks that can make us grow in friendship while we keep fit and in good health alongside with the more challenging longer hikes for the experts.

Anna Bodini

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