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Day 7.5 on the GR20. It was pissing rain outside when we woke up in our hotelroom, in Vizzavona. Thunder and lightning soon followed... The weather forecast said it should taper off around noon, and that turned out to be true.
Just after checkout the rain ceased reasonably and my dad and I walked to the small camping store for resupply. One of the most expensive resupplys ever. Ugh! But it saved us precious time, not having to take the train to a nearby town to do it.
After the task of resupply, we enjoyed some lunch and got going.
It was very wet and misty, and the woods had that enchanted feeling which so often exists after a heavy rainfall.
The going was very different from what it had been in the North. The trail was very well graded and it even had switchbacks - indeed a bit of a rarity on most European trails. More so the exception than the norm, as opposed to many popular US trails.
The highlight of the day was all the fire salamanders we saw. There were five of them in less than 100 meters of trail. Such beautiful little creatures.
After all the rugged high mountain walking, I really enjoyed the serene walking in the woods. Of course most people hike the GR20 for the spectacular mountain scenery (and in fact most only hike the North). While that is what sticks out from the experience, I think it is the variety of the whole trail, that makes it such a great hike. At least for me.
The amount of different sights, places and atmospheres you take in is amazing. And this is definitely not the last time on the GR20 for me!
Shortly before nightfall, after a magical time walking in the woods, having deep and honest conversations and seeing the abundance of Mother Natures beauty, we arrived to the Bergeries D' E Capanelle and made camp for the night - unknowningly the last camp of the trip... #danskethruhikers #gr20 #granderandonnée #corsica #hikinginautumn #fallcolors #autumncolors #backpacking #hiking #rambling #scrambling #thruhike #thruhiking #longdistancehiking #ultralightbackpacking #adventure #travel #france #trails #mountains #vizzavona #nature #forest #woods #firesalamander #rucksackrevolution #thegratefulhike #hikingwithdad #hikingwithfamily