We were woken this morning by our three very excited children. “Mummy! Daddy! It’s snowed!!!” We were pulled downstairs to the big window in the lounge (as all the shutters on the windows upstairs were still shut) were acknowledged that we had a slight dusting of snow and drifted of to the kitchen for some coffee. Of course the kids were going wild planing snowball fights, building snowmen and going sledging… …but much to their disappointment it hasn’t snowed any more… …and it has actually nearly all melted. But I don’t think that they’ll have to wait to long for a proper snowfall and until then I’ve got time to sort out the winter gear in and find out what still fits these little beanstalks.
We started the day with a cable car up the mountain “Rothorn” (red horn) at the top we were overwhelmed with a fantastic view (well at least most of us were, our middle child is afraid of heights). With a sea of fog below us (that’s what it’s actually called in swiss german) we headed off down the mountain. A little refreshment on the way… …and a picnic at the Eissee (ice lake) helped the little ones refuel. A little bit further along we found our own ice. A couple of hours later (with a stop at the spring of the “Emme” which flows into other rivers and eventually ends up in the North Sea) we made it back down to the bottom… …down into the fog. With tired legs and a great sense of achievement we are now enjoying a quiet evening reading and in our oldest case playing games on any electronic devices he can lay his hands on.
It’s the kids autumn break and we’re staying at our friends chalet in Sörenberg. The weather is a bit touch and go today so we spent the morning lazing around and at midday we took the cable car up the mountain for lunch so that we could hike down again afterwards. To our surprise and the kids amusement there was a brass band playing at the restaurant… . …but after a while the novelty wore off and we were ready to head down the mountain. Back at the chalet, we obviously didn’t tire the kids out enough as they’re outside playing table tennis in the rain (I’m not quite sure how that can appeal but I’m not complaining as we’ve got a fire going and I’ve got some peace and quiet to write this post).
we started off at the train station in “La Punt” Our autumn break is coming to an end. Today we hiked for the last time and because the kids have done so well this week we decided they could cope with a tricky climb (as in height and track). We climbed 200m and the track was in some places very steep and very narrow. The way down was a lot easier with a different challenge (young bulls) and spectacular bird of prey (golden eagle). Our younger son with the gigantic rocks that we hiked up. Having arrived at the top our next challenge was to cross a cow field with extremely playful young bulls! (these were the lazier ones) This young lady spent nearly all the way singing and when she wasn’t singing she was shouting: “COW PAT!” idyllic stream… …with a wobbly bridge time for a break and a drink while we were sitting down a golden eagle flew over our heads downhill to “Zuoz” In Zuoz the locals we passed greeted us with “Allegra” Rhaeto-Romanic for the usual …
Today we hiked to the “Moteratsch” Glacier. It took us about an hour each way and we were starting to get a few complaints, but it helped that we had some action on the way. There was a helicopter transporting building material to a cabin up on the mountain “Piz Chalchagn” and our younger son couldn’t contain himself, he was jumping up and down and nearly got blown off his feet when the helicopter took off. helicopter air action blown away (literally when the helicopter took off) nearly there, you can see the glacier tongue (the end of the glacier) The “Morteratsch” Glacier to busy for lunch three awestruck kids (probably the only speechless seconds of the day)
Today we took the cable car from “Punt Muragl” 1738m to “Muottas Muragl” 2456m. At the top the kids went crazy because of the snow (only a sprinkling). All three of them can’t wait to get skiing again. But I hope we have to wait a little longer. Our trail, the “Panoramaweg” went along the side of this mountain, you can just make it out at the bottom of the snow line. over little streams… …and bigger streams bits of the trail were a bit precarious Of course we needed a break now and again to for a drink and a snack. (our labrador is hypnotizing the food not the camera) But they can never sit still for long. This alp hut helped reload our sugar levels with their homemade rhubarb cake. And surprise, surprise the kids nearly skipped down mountain. (a little bit of sugar tends to go a long way with our lot) The trail now lead us back under the tree line. typical path markers The last bit of the trail lead us …
We’re on the kids autumn break in La Punt, the Engadin this week and our first day is really wet and cold (4°C, you can even see the snow line). But as it is with kids you can’t keep them cooped up all day and our labrador needed a walk so we got our gear on and took off to St. Moritz for a walk in the Stazer woods. the highlight were the squirrels (which were really difficult to photograph) Now back at our flat, the kids are dry again and fed and want to go swimming this afternoon. (they obviously didn’t get wet enough this morning)