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.
With the beginning of the Christmas count down today, it is definitely time for me to make my Advent Wreath. (Especially as the day after tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent) So here goes for a quick and easy DIY job… Materials 4 candles 4 candle holders a straw wreath pine branches wire string labels pine cones (any decoration material you like) Cover the straw wreath with pine branches and bind them on with the wire. Place the candle holders with the candles at 12/3/6 and 9 o’clock. wrap wire around your decorations and stick them into the wreath. Bind the string around the candles and tie the labels on. …now that’s done I can relax and wait until Sunday to light the first candle…
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!
Today is our last day of our summer holidays, which also means our last hike. We took the train this morning from “Zuoz” (the village we’re staying in) to “La Punt-Chaumues-ch”. From there we hiked up the hill. The first half in the bright sunshine with the temperature at about 25°C/ 77°F (which felt a lot hotter), the second half of the climb (thank goodness) was in the woods! When we got to the top, we followed the path above “Madulain”… …down to a little stream, where we had some lunch. Feeling refreshed, we took off on our last leg of the hike to “Zuoz”. Even if we’re a bit tired after a hike, it’s always worth the effort!
We can’t sit still…as you might of gathered. After hiking and biking (sorry no bike post, as it’s difficult to take pics while climbing up and whizzing down hills), it’s time for some climbing at the climb park in Pontresina. After a safety introduction it was time to hit the ropes. The younger children (4-6 years old) go on a course that’s about 1.5-2m/5-6.5ft above the ground, the older ones (7-8 years old) are up at about 2-5m/6.5-16.5ft and our oldest was up in the trees at 5-15m/16.5-49ft!!! We can’t hang around all day…😉 We’ve got a little person in our family that loves horses. Well to be honest, as soon as they get to close, she gets a bit intimidated by there size. That’s why she decided to go pony riding instead, only to realise that they where to big too, so she ended up on a…donkey! With her older brother joining in for support…they were off! While they enjoyed their little ride, we took a look around the stables. After a short …
After all the hiking we did in the past week, we decided to have a break. So we took the kids to the restaurant “Lej da Staz”. There they have a little outdoor stage, where on Sunday afternoons, a story is told. Today it was the well known classic “Heidi”. And of course we couldn’t let the kids miss out on an ice cream (well not only the kids, but as I’m behind the camera you can’t see mine)… …after the story, it was time for a dip in the 19°C/ 66°F mountain lake… …with thunderclouds gathering on the horizon and everyones teeth chattering it was time to head home. MerkenMerkenMerkenMerken
Another day, another hike. “Ils Lejins” is a 3 hour hike, that goes from lake to lake, up on the mountain “Furtschellas”. It starts at the top of the cable car station (2313 meters/ 7585 ft above sea level). The first bit is a 300m (984 ft) climb up to the first lake. And a dip in the lake, was every bit worth the steep climb, just look at our happy doggy! From then on it was more or less flat… …not that, that means we didn’t need refuelling… …we hit the trail again, only to see our first marmot! (For you it’s that tiny spec on top of the pile of rocks) The way back to the cable car, was spectacular views and beautiful lakes all the way. (And of course a couple of rocks had to be thrown in the lakes on the way.) With tired legs (well some of us) we enjoyed the ride back down in the cable car.