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Sleepover at the “Spitzmeilenhütte” – Part 2

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!

Sleepover at the “Spitzmeilenhütte” – part 1

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 …

Climbing in the Klöntal

Yup! We’ve got the camping bug and are back at our favourite lakeside campsite in the Klöntal. After enjoying ourselves so much last time, we packed our stuff on Friday and headed off to the mountains. This time we couldn’t resist a hike in our panoramic surroundings. So on Saturday we got our walking boots on and took the path up towards the “Chäsalp”… …but half way up the steep climb, we decided to take a ridgeway path to “Richisau”. We thought it would be easier for the kids… (we weren’t the only ones out for a climb) …what we didn’t realise, was that parts of the ridgeway path really were on a ridge… …but all the hard work was well worth it for this view… …and of course for this delicious piece of chocolate cake! After the long and adventurous hike we took the easy way back… …the good old “Postauto”. MerkenMerken MerkenMerken

Camping in the Klöntal

It’s a bank holiday, so we took the kids camping in the mountains. It was the first camping trip for our little ones (not counting camping in the back garden). They were very excited! After breakfast we packed the car…the cats were very intrigued, fortunately we have very nice neighbours (thank you Cécile and Nils) who took care of them for us, while we were away. With everything sorted, it was time for the adventure to begin.. After about an hour drive we arrived at the camping “Vorauen” in the Klöntal. After unpacking the car and setting up the tent, it was time to explore… …first down to the lake (the water level was extremely low for this time of the year due to the dry weather we’ve been having)… …and then off to the waterfall. After all the excitement of the day, we enjoyed a relaxing evening in front of our campfire in the spectacular scenery of the Klöntal. We all slept very well and woke up to another glorios day! But unfortunately, after breakfast …

A Sunny Stroll

We had an extremely cold and foggy morning today, you could hardly see from one lamppost to the next!  Thankfully the sun has managed to burn it up this afternoon, so with blue skies beckoning we (my daughter, dog and I) headed off up the hill to enjoy some warm sunshine… …and it was fantastic! I should probably have taken some sunglasses to go with my wooly hat and gloves.

Enjoying Autumn

It’s a bit foggy this afternoon, the sun is trying to burn it up but isn’t having much luck. No reason though for staying indoors. We decided to go for a walk in the vineyards behind our house… With her big brothers at school our daughter decided to play hide and seek with our dog… “Where has she gone?” “Below you!”   Shortly after we got back the boys came home from school. They heard all about our walk and felt a bit left out…so to compensate we cooked some marshmallows over a fire in the back garden. Simply enjoying autumn!

Cosy Campfire

Autumn is on our doorstep, the gras and trees are turning to a dull shade of green and the flowers are fading. So making the most of the dry weather, we headed off to the woods for a walk. We collected pinecones and dry branches to make a campfire… …the kids absolutely loved it and after a run around the woods, what better way to recharge those batteries than with a campfire cooked sausage! …On her best behavior… (or maybe it was a pose to pounce on anything that hit the floor), but fortunatly our youngest took pity on her a gave her a bit of hers.

Beautiful Weather And Breath Taking Views…

It’s been a long wait. With spring being very rainy and quite cool, meant that the snow line was low and that prevented us form doing any hiking in the mountains. But at last, the sun is out and the temperatures have risen. So at long last it’s time to get our hiking boots out and head to the mountains. We took the kids and our doggy hiking up the mountain Rigi near Lucerne. What better way to end a long hike than with a cool drink, a lie down and the possibility to take the train back…