Monday, May 14, 2012

Gola di Lago - Part Two

"Gola di Lago" translates to "Gorge of the Lake", but the lake in question dried out in prehistoric times and today the Gola di Lago plateau is a beautiful peat bog.

From Gola di Lago, we followed the scenic trail to the town of Roveredo.

The trail is very well maintained...

and goes through many cute roadless hamlets.

The views comply with the very high Swiss quality standards.

Due South, you can see Lugano's Hausberg, Mount San Salvatore.

I took several naps, including one next to a wotten waven waterfall.

I felt very proud of myself as we entered the hamlet of Roveredo.

Just three weeks before this hike, I was recovering from naproxen intoxication.

As Phil Collins would say, take a look at me now!

Here's our route from Medeglia to Roveredo by way of Gola di Lago:

View Medeglia in a larger map


  1. Hey Tootsie, Jet here.

    You rock! That's quite a hiking accomplishment, and... gorgeous scenery. JJ had major surgery on Friday and seems like she's almost forgotten!

    Mom says we K9s are amazing and inspiring! Have a great week.

  2. You look very comfy napping by that waterfall! I bet that was a soothing sound to fall asleep to.

  3. Wow! Great pictures! You get to take in so many beautiful sights on your hikes!

  4. You sure know how to nap. What a wonderful hike.

  5. I never thought about taking a nap at a waterfall....I bet it would be way better than moms sound machine!! The pictures are sooo besutiful and you did rather well on that long hike for just recovering!!


  6. Hey Tootsie,

    I'm not surprised you needed a few naps, that was some adventure!! I'm glad you're doing so well!! :)

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

  7. Wow, Tootsie.

    You've been very busy. What other adventures does your Mommy have in store for you.

    Please greet her a belated Happy Mother's Day from me.

    Huggies and Cheese,


  8. what a fun hike! i love the napping pic lol

  9. Even by your high standards, that's a great walk! Your nap photo is simultaneously soothing, inspiring, and hilarious. What a wonderful day for your pack to share! We send our best from the sunny shores of Lake Michigan. Bruno & co.

  10. Well the Swiss landscapes photos were lovely as ever, but we are a bit confused 'cos we didn't see anything remotely resembling a peat bog. And I can say with confidence that peat bogs are an area of expertise in this household. In fact Gail has a Ph.D. in the subject. (Yes, seriously!)
    Toodle pip!

    1. According to [1], Gola di Lago is a peatland, so it may be the case that my parents failed to take the right photos in an effort to capture my doggy cuteness. They say they thought that the habitat portrayed in the first picture in this post (behind the signage and below the cliffs) was a peat bog...what do you think?

      [1] Z. Gonzales et al., Spatial Distribution of Natural Enrichments of Arsenic, Selenium, and Uranium in a Minerotrophic Peatland, Gola di Lago, Canton Ticino, Switzerland, Environ. Sci. Technol. 2006, 40 (21), pp 6568–6574

    2. A bog is supposed to be wet! Ie suspect what you have is a dried out peat bog, that might look like a proper bog if it rained a lot (as it does in Scotland...)
      Oh and thank for the reference!
      Cheers, Gail.

  11. You sure do look great, and as always lovely photos

    urban hounds

  12. Hey Tootsie, what an adventure you had! :) We don't have much places to hike where we're at. It looks like a lot of fun. i love the photo of you taking a nap at the waterfall -- cuteness overload. :) Nice to meet you Tootsie!


    Popcorn :}

  13. Beautiful hike! I wish we had some nice places to hike like that nearby. We do have some trails around here, but not nearly as nice.

    Happy Monday!

  14. OH!! You are just pawsome! It looks like a wonderful and rewarding hike. Oh man, we wish we could have joined you. So pretty and just plain awesome. Have a great week. We cannot wait to see your next adventure.
    ~Weinerful Gang~

  15. What a wonderful place to hike. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos.

  16. Tootsie you look like you are really enjoying yourself.
    Best wishes Molly


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