Friday, August 21, 2009

Cable-cars are great.....

There is a new cable car ride here. It goes to the same place the old one used to go to, but from a different place, so David and I poddled along to try it out. The heat...... you have NO idea.
And off we wooshed silently above the village, through the trees to Brunni.

After mopping the brow - why is it that heads sweat so much? - having some lunch and chatting to some friendly Swiss cows, we got on the chairlift and went up to Brunnihutte, and the "tickle path".

This is one really wonderful experience. It is a small lake, and all around the edge, there is a pathway which goes in and out of the water, which is icy.
The texture of the path constantly changes from gravel to moss to wood bark to pine cones, to stones, to logs to wooden slats and many more. In and out of the water, tadpoles zapping about your feet. Then the mud pool, followed by warmish water, followed by aerated water......

This is me in the mud pool. I nearly gave it a miss but David said it was wonderful, so in I went.

So you roll up your jeans and in you go. I can't tell you how wonderful your feet feel afterwards! It is a really good big version of "de-sensitisation", which I am well acquainted with, of course. David loves going up there, and with the heat, the sun, the cows, the paragliders floating all around us, and the views, it was a great way to spend the afternoon. The schools here are closed on Thursday, so we had 100s of little kids up there too.
One of the great things is that it is so accessible to everyone. There were people on crutches up there, prams, wheelchairs. Ramps everywhere, and rails. Benches everywhere you walk too, so that means plenty of places to sit and rest before moving on. Believe me, I use them all. So here at least, I can get out and try stuff. And, of course, just about everyone walks with leki poles or their equivalent. Children, teens and adults. So having leki poles with you means you blend with the crowd, and don't stand out.
There is also a free bus service through the village, so at the end of a very hot and super afternoon, we descended back to the valley, and hopped on the bus, which dropped us near the house. Perfect. As David said when we were flopping, "That was a great afternoon, Mum!" He was right. It was. Now if I could just get him to take decent photos of me on his camera.....the recycling bin is full of the ones I decided were not vital to the human race. Or this computer. Groan.
Today it is slightly cooler, but the sun is still shining through the clouds, but there is supposed to be rain later. Eureka. (I never thought I would be saying that!)


Olson Family said...

Thank you for sharing about the 'tickle trail' - my girls would LOVE it! Pics are wonderful this week :).

Needled Mom said...

What a fabulous experience that must have been! I would love to give it a try and the scenery is just incredible. Sorry the heat was such, but I know that icy water must have offered some relief.

Chris said...

What a wonderful day!

I'm afraid I might retire in the mud bath. It sounds wonderful.

I do miss you being home, though. Which is ridiculous, since I'm a gazillion miles away.

Linda said...

I just said to my husband, who is busily painting the new board he put under the sink to replace the moldy one, "We have got to go to Switzerland some day."
No response - but I'll keep working on it!
It is all so breathtaking Linds. Absolutely beautiful.

Butterfly Mama said...

This sounds like something I would love to do... I'm SO coming to visit! Ah, maybe when it's not so hot though! I've got enough of that heat hear too!