I took a train from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany after visiting my dear friends and where I once lived, a life time ago, to Bruneck, Italy in advance of meeting the group of hikers that I was to guide in the Dolomites. It was an enchanting train trip down thru Innsbruck, Austria, on over the Brenner Pass and up into the scenic fertile valleys that encompass the Dolomite’s. In Bruneck I picked up my VW rental van and made the amazing 30km drive up into the Alta Badia region. The tight windy road followed a narrow river canyon. I was deep in anticipation of what was to come, once the road cleared the tight canyon the first sight of the Heilige Kruez Koffel and Sella Massive stunned me. With it’s famous long tall cliff band, where renown alpinist cut there metal appeared through the windshield of my van. There was no where to stop, I had to explore deeper towards my destination of La Villa. The views of the super green pastures, interspersed larch pine tree forests and alpine mountain houses where right out of a magical time that once existed. And here I was, in my beloved Dolomite’s, the mountain range of my dreams. Where in my youth I began a life long passion of rock climbing, alpinism, ski touring, the mountain life style that shaped my world.