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Sunday morning we woke up early and hopped on a private bus that took us to Vals, which is a small little town in the Swiss Alps. It took about 4 hours to get to Vals from Como, but the bus ride through the Swiss Alps was amazing which made the long trip bearable. Once we got to Vals, we went to the hotel that connects to the thermal baths and had lunch, then we spent the rest of the day bathing for three and a half hours. This was an amazing experience, and one I will not ...
... magic here isn't necessarily just about Switzerland, it's about the Alps scenery and culture in general.
In fact, the first house I come across isn't a picture perfect chalet, it's a rather run down Swiss redneck sort of place!
It' a pretty quick descent, and I'm back below the treeline, in a dense forest following the river, until I reach the town of Splugen in good time. I'm safe. No danger of freezing to death on a treeless pass at night now. ...
... Up ahead there is a mountain albergo which I figure I should check out. Last night was a bit chilly camping outside, and tonight I'm going to be at a much higher altitude. The albergo is, as expected, out of my price range--but tempting... Then the trail climbs... up... up... up zigzagging through the forest. Daylight will fade soon, so I pick up the pace, hoping ot make it to Campodolcino before nightfall, where hopefully I can find ...
... and rougher until in disappears altogether alongside the river... and I find myself heading back to San Giagomo a third time, feeling quite frustrated with myself. And then, when all seemed hopeless, I spot the markings of the trail Splugenpass trail in between the houses... Yep, it's for real this time... I cross an arch stone bridge, pass a couple of other hikers that confirm, yes, this is the right way and then plunge into the forest once ...
... winding pedestrian streets full of people, pausing to treat myself to a delicious pastry. It feels like I've reached the final frontier trading post before launching out into the wild. My favorite spot is the rushing river cutting right through the middle of town, with houses perched atop the giant boulders along its banks, with a statue of a saint giving his blessing to those who pass. I try to figure out the best way to take my video clip ...