May 28: Vnà 3
Some more Vnà exploration.
Well something's going on here. Check out the temporary doorway at left — it's full of mysteries: why are those plywood sheets yellow? Are they even plywood? Why are they apparently layered flat against each other to fur out the door from the masonry wall?
That rarest of beasts: a fence unicycle.
Ah, the name of the saltbox is Soldanella. What is that up the hill?
In multiple places in Vnà and maybe the other Engadin towns were these little signs showing a Rumantsch word with its German, Italian, French, and English translations, a fun idea.
A couple of roads extend uphill to the east out of Vnà. I hiked up this one.
Looking back down to the village. The rock at left was my lunch seat. This spot is one of my clearest memories of the trip.
Further up, getting close to the forest edge, with signs indicating protected land.
Another one of those mystery big-hand clock-looking structures and an accompanying mystery shed. One thing about these is that they only have one hand. I've been trying to figure out what they are for eight years!
Usually wasp nests make me a little anxious, but this one's just so cute!
Slats across space.
Back at the central square, looking downhill. I count at least six types of pavement.
Cool waves bro!
Just a glimpse of the hairpin turn, and of another road across La Brancla.
Roofs and fences.
An unusual construction: not just Blockbau but round-log Blockbau, but just at the top floor, as if a house from another alpine region had been plunked on top of a disenroofed Engadin house.
A curiously shaped column, pretty cool how the fence rails fit into it...
...and how the hole at left in the previous picture goes all the way through. Note in the previous picture that there's another hole in the wall of the house that looks like it might be aligned with this one. A way to place a bar across the steps going down to the right? Hmm...
The same house also has some lovely sgraffito.
Whoa! This house could survive an avalanche in any direction. I like the entrance quite a bit. The house was profiled in the NYT a while ago.