A Waterfall in the Mist and the Kindness of Strangers - Ceillac - Cascade de la Pisse - Queyras

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Saturday, 1 August 2015

A Waterfall in the Mist and the Kindness of Strangers - Ceillac - Cascade de la Pisse - Queyras

Despite the mist, we took the opportunity during a break in the rain to get some fresh and appreciate Ceillac and its surroundings in a new light.   We decided to take a pleasant evening stroll, wandering up the Vallee Melezet using the gentle path beside the fresh stream (which is actually part of the GR5), enjoying the smell of the forest and fields after the days heavy showers and with low clouds still lingering in the air, enjoying the pleasant atmosphere as well as continuing our talking and discussions of the past few weeks. Arriving at the waterfall, Cascade de la Pisse, thundering down from high above it was magnificent to see the top disappearing into the low clouds creating a very magical environment and very different from when we had visited previously.  On our way home we found time to enjoy the riverside obstacle course, taking care as it was slightly slippery due to the earlier rain.  Later, back at the motorhome we prepared to move, turned the key and …..phut. Even though we'd kept an eye on the motorhome control panel over recent days....our battery was too flat to start! Now, what? We knew we had to move by the next morning as the annual festival would begin, however, it was close to 7pm.

Yet as we were to discover once more you can often count on the kindness of strangers, with one French lady lending us her jump leads as an elderly couple stopped and offered a jump start.  Unfortunately the cables we'd borrowed were not working, so thanking the elderly couple for their efforts, our search for assistance continued.  Seeing that we were in need of help, another kind gentleman directed us to a local outdoor sports shop in Ceillac (Neve Sports - a well stocked and engaging mountain store!) where the owner generously offered his time to follow us to our 'home' in his own car (leaving the shop partially staffed) while he used his own jump leads to get us going. Sadly we were a bit busy to take any pictures, but after a short drive we checked into the Municipal Camping so that we could plug into the electrics and recharge the motorhome batteries and ourselves.  That night, reflecting on how the days events could have turned out very different and felt very touched by the people who had come together to get us out of pickle.





The car that rescued us!
Thank you to the owner of Neve Sports for all his help!

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