We’re back up in the Engadine mountains with our caravan. Today we headed off to Pontresina, the village at the bottom of the “Piz Albris” (3166 metres above sea level). Pontresina, is well known for a one of the biggest capricorn populations in the “Swiss Alpes”. In spring they come down the mountains in search of the first patches of spring gras…. …and we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of theses “Kings of the Alpes”.
We’re up in the Swiss Mountains, enjoying our yearly ski holiday in the spectacular “Engadin” (the area around St. Moritz). The weather is beautiful (if maybe a bit chilly), so I couldn’t resist taking my camera on my morning dog walk. It was about -10°C/ 14°F when I started off… …that made taking the pictures without gloves, quite a challenge, but with these images of the river “Flaz”… …”Celerina”… …along the river “Inn”… …to the village of “Samedan”. A truly spectacular walk…even if someone got a bit tired of me taking snaps.
We’re back up at our caravan in the Engadin in Silvaplana (1815 meters above sea level). It was a bit chilly this morning (4°C/ 39°F) with a northern wind blowing (made it felt a lot colder), but the sun was shining and so we decided to take the panoramic trail to St. Moritz. From our Campsite in Silvaplana we headed up through the village. With the trail being south facing and the exercise of climbing up hill, it didn’t take us long to warm up… …through the village of Champfèr… …back up to the trail… and down to St.Moritz… …and the sighting of this little squirrel, (on our way down to St. Moritz) made the kids day!
As I mentioned in my post “A Roadtrip to Start the Season” we have parked our caravan here in “Pontresina” (1815 metres above sea level) and are now spending the kids summer holidays up here. Today we decided to walk to a waterfall on the opposite side of the lake. I’ve seen the waterfall on my morning dog strolls and couldn’t wait to go exploring… Our Sunny, couldn’t resist the lake and someone else enjoyed the simple pleasure of a dandelion… … even with a couple of distractions on the way, we reached our destination in about 45 minutes. In no time at all the kids were busy stacking stones like the ones that were scattered around the base of the waterfall. (I’m sure my blogging buddy Mike will like them, check his post). They were so busy, that they completely forgot about the time and I had to drag them away with the promise, that we’d go back another day.
We’re spending the weekend in the Appenzellerland (an area in the east part of Switzerland). A beautiful spot! So join us on our hike down the “hoher Kasten” and see for yourselves (that is when the clouds aren’t in the way)… We started in “Brülisau” (921 metres above sea level) and took the cable car up to the top of the “Hoher Kasten” (1’784.5 metres above sea level). From there we hiked back down the mountain. A hike that takes about 1 and a half hours (if you walk all the way). …nearly down, time for some refuelling at the restaurant “Ruhesitz”… The boys decided to have a little fun on the last couple of kilometres of the hike. They rented scooters at the restaurant and whizzed off down to “Brülisau”… ..and the rest of us walked and enjoyed the authentic and beautiful scenery.
At last! We packed our stuff, hooked our caravan up and headed off to our Summer season campsite. Our journey started in Schneisingen (where our caravan is parked) and went right through Switzerland, up to the mountain village of Silvaplana (1815 meters above sea level). It’s quite an adventure for us, as: -we’ve never driven our caravan onto a car shuttle train before (the pass road has to many steep turns) -we’ve never camped at this altitude (snow possible even in Summer) -and we’ve never parked our caravan at a campsite for a whole season (middle of April until the middle of October) Well we’re always good for an adventure so here goes… The journey from Schneisingen to Klosters wasn’t very eventful (except for the scenery)… The car shuttle train took us from Klosters, 19 kilometers through the Vereina tunnel to Sagliains, in the middle of the beautiful Engadin. Only a couple more Kilometers to go… Made it! The kids were great (to excited to argue), no breakdowns or mishaps (although the road got a …
After a very stormy morning (a great big puddle in front of our caravan door). We couldn’t wait to stretch our legs and explore the shore line of Lake Constance. So as soon as the rain stopped, we got (our thankfully dry) walking boots out and set off towards the next village of “Langenargen”. From the marina next to our campsite, we went on the suspension bridge over the river “Argen”… …to the next marina “BMK Yachthafen”… …and from there, along the lakeside to “Langenargen”. After all that exploring, we all deserved an ice cream!
After spending my childhood holidays camping and now taking our kids camping, we have decided that it’s time to upgrade. Goodbye to damp tents and punctured airbeds…hello warm, dry, cosy caravan. Let the adventures begin! After hitching up the caravan and driving for three hours (mainly on the motorway but towards the end we had a couple of roundabouts, quite a challenge!) to “Kressbronn” where we are spending our autumn break at a campsite on the shore of Lake Constance. While we set up our camp, the kids disappeared off to do some exploring… …we hadn’t seen them for while (I went to take some pics while they where busy). Only for them to turn up a couple of hours later wanting food. We hadn’t quite worked out how everything in the kitchen worked (gas cooker the least of our problems, water pumps and fridge needed to be set up). So instead of reading the manual (a big, fat file), we treated them and ourselves to a meal out. A perfect start to our holiday!
So, here goes! Day two… After a more or less good nights sleep (due to the altitude and our daughter falling out of bed).We packed our bags and headed downstairs for breakfast. We enjoyed a delicious spread and even saw some rays of sun. All in all, things seemed to be looking up! Full of energy we started our hike back. Only for the weather to take a turn for the worse, as soon as we took off… …but although we didn’t have the best weather… …we still had a great adventure!
We’ve been wanting to stay in a “SAC Hütte” (a hut catered and financed by the Swiss Alpine Club). These huts are very remote and the only way to access them, is by hiking. As they are extremely popular, we had to book our stay at the “Spitzmeilenhütte” in February. Which means of course that we couldn’t choose the date depending on the weather, and that can turn out to be a little tricky as you will see… We started our two day hike, in a slight drizzle, by taking the cable car from “Tannenboden” to “Maschgenkamm”, hoping that weather would be better at the top of the mountain. The weather was slightly better at the top, but a lot cooler (only 10°C/ 50°F in comparison to the 22°C/72°F when we left home). With a strong wind blowing, we started our 2 and a half hour hike still hoping that it might brighten up. Allas we were in for worse, as a half hour before we reached the “Spitzmeilenhütte”, the rain set in. We reached our destination …