The wind picked up, pressing
dense clouds of mist across the valley and up the side of
steep alpine slopes. While the motions of hiking helped
keep us warm, there was no denying the outside temperature
Breakfast seemed like a long time ago, and
the sharpness of hunger reminded me I had a packet
Belly gourmet jellybeans, included as a last
minute extra brought all the way from California, stowed
in a jacket pocket.
To the delight of my companions I brought
them forth and we parceled them out, their exotic flavors
sustaining us for the hike back to the hostel.
A final look at the magnificent valley, with its ice fields,
glacier and waterfall.