Hiking in the Dolomites in a mild and sunny November

HIKING IN THE DOLOMITES IN A MILD AND SUNNY NOVEMBER

November is turning out to be a mild, pleasant and sunny month in this unusual autumn season in the Dolomites. Perfect weather, mild sunny days, plenty of walkable paths, and good conditions for hiking. They all make me appreciate even more and once again the beauty and the magnificence of the mountains around the little place where I live, looking at this nature masterpiece in a different way. Being a hiking and tour guide based in the Dolomites but working all over Italy, and being also a travel consultant and director, I have always considered November my off-season month, the ideal perfect time of the year to get a deserved break after the season and go on holiday somewhere, venturing on one of my solo trips around the world. As it happened in November 2019, exactly a year ago, when I was enjoying a wonderful experience, exploring and discovering South Korea, and then Vietnam and Cambodia. Lately I have certainly been looking at the many pictures taken with my Korean friends, good memories and positive thoughts for the future.

But, of course, due to the circumstances in this unusual 2020, I am writing a completely different chapter of my history, quite a change in my working and travelling life. Not being able to travel due to the spread of the Coronavirus and the Italian lockdown, I had the time to suddenly break, and slow down “a bit” last spring, appreciating and observing every little change taking place in nature, which was revealing itself step by step at its fascinating and relaxed pace, “awakening” up as it always happens in the springtime. I always knew it, but a different story is to dedicate it the right time and observe it attentively.

It is happening exactly the same this autumn, nature goes slowly “asleep”, the time and the rhythm goes pretty much the same way.  But the difference is right here, in the way I can observe and enjoy it step by step. Nature is truly amazing and, luckily, we cannot control it, it does all by itself at its own rhythm, no intervention needed, it always reveals itself keeping that balance and that perfection we can only dream to ever reach in our human life.

So, this November has turned out to be a pleasant and joyful hiking month here in my wonderful mountains, the Dolomites, with days getting shorter and shorter. Silence, intense colours, tranquility, peaceful trails, relaxing views, bright and stunning peaks, coolish air, precious time to listen, observe and appreciate the perfection, the energy and the well-being that only nature can truly and deeply provide to our human body and soul.

And I shall be deeply grateful for this unique opportunity.

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