Super ultra runner Rob Apple is now living a dream vacation and sent me these amazing photos from his 120K jaunt through the Dolomites in Northern Italy.
According to the UNESCO website:
"The site of the Dolomites comprises a mountain range in the northern Italian Alps, numbering 18 peaks which rise to above 3,000 metres and cover 141,903 ha. It features some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys. A serial property of nine areas that present a diversity of spectacular landscapes of international significance for geomorphology marked by steeples, pinnacles and rock walls, the site also contains glacial landforms and karst systems. It is characterized by dynamic processes with frequent landslides, floods and avalanches. The property also features one of the best examples of the preservation of Mesozoic carbonate platform systems, with fossil records."
Almost seems otherworldly, doesn't it? The formations and rock structures remind me of a depiction of Mars in some 1950's sci-fi movie. I love my world travel, but few embrace the journey like Rob Apple. I'll keep you posted as news reports come my way.