Seriously though, it has rained and rained and rained, most of the night and almost all day. Autumn has certainly arrived and the glorious autumn colours are starting to lighten up the dark green of the fir tree forests.
I have said in the previous blog that the mountains in this area are wild and awesome, and so they are. Unfortunately the photos don't show this so well.
Today I grabbed the opportunity whilst there was a patch of blue sky and went looking for the start of the walk to the Susten Pass. I had no hope of reaching it as it is a 5 1/2 hour walk but am glad that we did a two-hour walk along it at least. Most of the walk was this beautiful, grassy, 'road' that Jochen is on in this photo. (By the way, doesn't he look slim and fit? He has lost a couple of kg). Not bad for a dog who will be 8 years old on 19/10/12.
I kept an eye on the weather and the blue patches shrank alarmingly and the clouds lowered. However I pressed on until we reached the hamlet of Meien when it started to seriously rain again. We waited under the roof of the chapel but I had to accept that it was not going to get any better.
So you guys can see that Jochen and I are not deterred by inclement weather. We have a fitness program to keep up! Nonetheless, it is a pity about the rain because there is so much walking to do in this wild country but I also have a very healthy respect for these mountains and some of those walks would be dangerous in this weather even though I did push it a bit yesterday. As it was, we walked about 3 hours both days.
I have ear-marked a shortish walk for tomorrow morning before we have to pack and move on again.
By the way, the Susten has been a strategic pass for centuries and Wassen has been a staging post for centuries as well. I can just imagine the Hotel Alte Post all those years ago when people came rumbling by with horse and buggy (or whatever) and stopped for the night to rest their horses. It must have been unbelievably hard during the winter months.