The Dolomites, Week 2, Dobbiaco/Toblach

September 1 to September 8
Our second week we stayed at the Hotel Monica in the Sesto-Sexten area in the High Pustertal region between the border with
Austria and Cortina.
In this location, we mostly took bus transportation which was strategically located a two minute walk from our hotel.
The week started off rainy, so Paul and Shari started the week off with hikes where rain would not obliterate our views.
Our first hike took us to Monte Piana which was a strategic
location in World War I. Monte Piana is a 2,324 meter tall
mountain in the Sexten Dolomites and is located on the
border between the provinces of South Tyrol and Belluno.

During World War I the mountain was hotly contested
between the Austrian and Italian Armies. Below, Jackie in a
World War I trench and with relics of the war.
From Monte Piana we looked across at the Dreizinnen.
Humming birds only exist in North and South America. However, there are humming bird moths in Europe and these moths
entertained us by coming to the flower boxes at our hotel.
Weather slowly improved, and most days the rain only lasted an hour or two.
Lunches took place at huts with spectacular views.
Finally, on Thursday, we hiked to the Dreizinnen.

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo (German: Drei Zinnen) are three distinctive battlement-like peaks, in the Sexten Dolomites of
northeastern Italy. They are one of the best-known mountain groups in the Alps. The three peaks, from east to west, are:

 Cima Piccola/Kleine Zinne ("little peak") 2,857 meters.
 Cima Grande/Große Zinne ("big peak") 2,999 meters or 9,839 feet.
 Cima Ovest/Westliche Zinne ("western peak").2973 meters.

The peaks are composed of well-layered dolostones.
As seen from our lunch hut.
And finally in the afternoon, the sun revealed itself and lit up the Dreizinnen.
On our last full day, Jackie and I chose to go back to the Dreizinnen to enjoy it in the sun while the rest of the group hiked below
these peaks which we could see from the Dreizinnen.
Not everyone hikes the Dolomites. There were plenty of bicycles. And we could also see climbers on the Dreizinnen.
Unlike the Olympics where it is possible to find privacy to pee, the sheer numbers and minimal vegetation meant that rest rooms at
the trail heads and huts often had long lines.
Below, a hotel on a lake where we walked our first afternoon at Dobiacco.