July 9th, Saturday, Refugio Codai to the Valley Floor
We awoke fairly early after a surprisingly good sleep in this dorm room of over 20. We had to provide sleeping bag liners/ sheets and they provided the pillows and blankets. The cheap liner I bought was like cotton cheesecloth so every time I rolled over it felt like a layer of skin was coming off.
We had our cappuccino and bread and then packed up and headed for a pass and then slightly down to a lake in front of Cevita, a limestone massif with 3 separate peaks. A grand peak at about 10,000 ft. We saw many other peaks in the distance and then climbed to Refugio Tissi which stood on a cliff facing west with many large peaks across the valley including Marmelado, the highest Dolomite. We took too many pictures, had lunch at the Refugio and then headed off further circling Cevita. Increasingly grand views of this awesome peak were encountered at each bend in the trail. We had a long descent from a high of about 8,000 ft at the refugio down to under 2,000 ft at the valley floor. The meadows we traversed were often dotted with cows with their tinkling bells. Our final descent was on a road, and Carol was getting new blisters on our 6,000 ft descent and 12 mile day. We were therefore, very grateful for the nice Italian who gave us a ride down the last half mile of road to the main highway. We had some ice cream then took a bus to our hotel where our bags had been stowed. Our hostess was so helpful, greeting us like family and helping us figure out our bus transportation for the next day. We had one of our best Italian dinners of the trip in our hotel restaurant. I still don't understand why there seem to be so few fat Italians given the way they eat.