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.
Our latest adventure, was a 50 minute walk, to “Vadret da Morteratsch”. A once majestic glacier that is rapidly melting, which was made very clear by the markers along the way, showing where the snout used to be (1880, 1900, 1920 etc.). We started of at the restaurant Morteratsch, crossed over the railway tracks and hit the trail. The closer we got to the snout, the more our surroundings turned from luscious green to ragged rocks. The last marker shows where the snout was in 2015…only two years ago! We explained about the glacier melting to the kids, although the younger ones probably aren’t old enough to understand. Their main concern was who could make the biggest splash, by throwing rocks into the icy streams. MerkenMerken MerkenMerken MerkenMerken
Yesterday we took a leisurely stroll (45 minutes) under blue skies from “Celerina” (the village next to St. Moritz) up to the mountain lake “Lej da Staz”. If you like, just come along… The lure of the ice cold lake proved to be to great for some of us… …after a lot of paddling and trying to catch fish (by hand), it was time for a bite to eat and to head back. MerkenMerkenMerkenMerken MerkenMerken
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 …
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
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 …