Camping trip to the Cevennes
I’m sorry we’ve been AWOL for a week or so, we have had no internet access as we went off camping to the beautiful, remote region of southern France, the Cevennes. It is the most amazing place, not overrun with summer tourists unlike some of the better-known and well populated coastal places of the south but in our view, just as fabulous, in fact more so in many respects as it is so unspoiled.
We were camping high in the mountains at a site that is quiet, remote and enormous with only a relative handful of pitches, so if felt almost as if we had our own special, secret place for a few days. The dogs all loved it, they all enjoy camping as I’ve said before and with each camping trip they seem to get more adept, or is that me? Susie-Belle is a complete natural camper, she loves it as soon as she sees the tent coming out and being put up, she is itching to get inside it. This time, Twinkle joined her in the eagerness and together they made themselves readily at home from the moment the tent was up.
One of our reasons for heading to the Cevennes was to see another region of France but also to search out and enjoy some wild, unspoilt swimming in the mountain pools and rivers. We weren’t disappointed and each day we set off with our map, guide and enthusiasm to scramble up and down rocky paths, through forests, and along narrow gorges to be rewarded by terrific natural beauty and great swimming places.
Of course the girls accompanied us every step of the way, at times some of the footpaths were too hard and impassable for either them, or us and them and we were forced to abandon a search and head somewhere else. Wherever we ended up though, every day we found somewhere special to have a dip, closely watched by our canine companions.
The only one who was tempted to join us in swimming heaven, was Susie-Belle, she paddled a few times, the other two didn’t entertain it for even a second. Schnauzers don’t do swimming, or rarely do they do it. This seems to be the only part of our lives that are mismatched, not that we let it hold us back in our enthusiasm, we just make sure that their days with us include plenty of other interesting things, like scrambling through forests. Now that is all in a good day of fun for us all.
So we all returned happy, and are now into our last week of this holiday in France sadly. But we cannot complain about having to go home next week, we have had a good long trip with some beautiful experiences all round and as they saying goes all good things must come to an end…..till our next trip.
In the meantime we’ll be making the most of our last few days here, we have some friends visiting after the weekend with their dogs, another good day for our girls to enjoy as they love seeing Rupert and Watson.
I’ll post up a few more photos of the camping trip in a day or so, for now I hope you enjoy this little set.