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... 3 miles uphill is no mean feat and all of us arrived at the mountain farm station in good spirits and not too clapped out. The descent could have proved to be more than challenging, pretty much direct downhill through the forest, but the forest cover meant there was no ice to worry us and the descent was easy. We reached the valley bottom, lakeside, after stunning alpine views all the way down.
... into the village centre to find out if the local tourist office could offer suitable local attractions. Late October is the end of the summer season and the winter season is some weeks away still despite the early arrival of unseasonable winter weather. At the tourist office we were welcomed by a Scottish lady, married to an Austrian, who explained that last week had seen a wedding at the town church where those attending had basked in 26 degrees ...
... for the Karwendel gondola ride up to Zwölferkopf from Pertisau. We had aimed to ride up and walk back down, but the grumpy old git at the cash desk would only grunt that there was too much snow and ice at the top, hence too dangerous to walk down. The not cheap ride up to the top did offer super panoramas across the Achensee valley surrounded by jagged snow tops from every angle. It was cool in the breeze, but very pleasant in the sunshine. At the top the obligatory café was open ...
... manageable. The aim was to reach the Jochalm at 1483 metres, but as the altitude increased, so did the depth of the snow and conditions under foot were turning treacherous. There was also the prospect of a white-out or at worst a thick fog on the eastern slopes. Common sense prevailed and due consideration taken of Helen's ice ballet skills. We turned round and surprisingly made the descent in half the time it took to do the ascent! Down to ...
... out the sauna and steam bath while Barry and I caught up on international news and stuff. Just before Barry and I embarked on a round of Cribbage, Steph and Helen returned refreshed physically and emotionally from their sauna, steam and shower. They were full of lurid tales about naked men and women sharing their sauna and shower, but I suspect that they were more embarrassed by the fact that they were the only two wearing costumes! Much talk from now on about "pert ...
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- Pets allowed