Unlike last Thursday, today while most were at work I was not, the U.K. Markets were closed and so I had time for a stroll up a mountain, Mount Pilatus.
I started off where most catch the train up, Alpnachstad, and strolled through T the wet fields and steep forests paths until coming out to a postcard perfect valley. Those of you that have walked up this way in the past will know that now the steepness starts (albeit the Forrest is pretty steep as well). There were snow fields to cross and with the steepness involved in some places this added to the heart rate increase, the last few hundred meters is all up (snowy zig zags ) while our Asian friends that go up on the train (in bus loads) look down at me with there puzzled expressions. A timely surprise when reaching the top was to see three trapeze artists walking their tightrope across a most scary looking drop below them... The Asain friends most of thought these people in Switzerland are NUTS, they build trains up a mountain but don't use them then when at the top walk a tightrope to amuse themselves, nuts!
With the U.K. Markets open last Thursday I was on my way to work, what better way to start than with a run to the Bhf. From there and since I was on the S-Bahn I jumped off a few stops before Zug and ran the rest of the way.... And to finish ... a little run after work to meet the family before a lovely BBQ in the garden.
Bring on the summer
What lovely weather it was on the weekend, as if summer had finally arrived... Until we woke up Monday morning!
But back to the weekend, we had a lovely family weekend up the hills, new ones for us, towards and past the lake of Zurich and up and up to a lovely place call 'Atzmännig'. Lots to do for little kids and adults a like, well worth the visit.
After a great afternoon in the rope park up the trees, Rodelbahn (steel sledging in summer) extremely steep slides and a Rodeo machine we headed to see Andrea at her lovely family's place up the Bachtel hillside... The views, the place, food & wine, host and company were fantastic... And Pilatus looked like the size of a pea.
i finally went for that illusive morning run I said I would do (for the last 15 years!) from home down to the train station, was better than I thought but just some small organisational bits to sort out when (not if) I do it again ... I forgot my glasses so I'm writing and working half blind today 😜
Chris, Sarah, Roy and Annika blogging around to keep in touch with family and friends all around.