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.
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!
It’s been absolutely pouring down with rain for the last couple of days, so it’s great to leave my wellies in the garage and head up the hill with my furry friend in glorious sunshine… …from busy bees to lazy lizards… …and a refreshing bath to end a perfect walk!
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.
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!
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).
Yup! Autumn is here. The temperatures have cooled down and the rain has set in. But that’s not stopping us from enjoying a wet walk. After we had dried off, stocked the fireplace with wood, and brewed some coffee. Our two little ones had woken up and were ready for some fun…