The temperature has dropped somewhat but the weather is still sunny with clear blue skies. In fact, at the moment Switzerland in the alps is exactly what everyone imagines when they think of a holiday in this country - not to forget the cow bells.
I chose the same route up to the Ems ski hut that I had taken as a return walk the first time we went up here. It is a nicer walk through the most sublime country and the views are breathtaking. Yesterday I had to remind Jochen to put some umph into his walking but today he had a nice, steady and powerful walk up the mountain to just on 2,000 meters in height. The difference of course is that it was much cooler today.
I again decided against taking the last 170 meters or so in hight to the top because it had rained quite heavily over the last few nights and we had already walked through some quite muddy areas. That last section up to the top would have been very sticky and I had no desire to scramble up and down that very steep last section.
As Judith in her comment said, remember to have fun,and is not the first reminder to do just that and today was FUN.
So yet again, Jochen is on his own in the photo.
I pondered the trip to north east Switzerland on the weekend and remember walking out of the St Gallen railway station looking for the bus that was to take us on the next leg of that journey. It occurred to me at the time that I looked like any other tourist with my back pack and trying to figure where to go from here, except that I have a very large German Shepherd in tow.
Sometimes I stop and think about what I am doing and I really am astonished. It is a bit strange.
You guys might remember one of the photos where Jochen is on the train stretched out, head under one seat and his hindquarter under the other seat. As the train filled up, people would ask if it was ok to sit in that section of seats. What? Of course! I apologised that he was taking up so much room and effectively taking up one seat. The immediate response from several people was that I have paid for him so what is the problem? Indeed.