ARNIE'S home town in AUSTRIA

Trip Start Jul 10, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

We left Italy an headed towards the scenic north of Austria, we travel though the Alps via Brenner Pass on our way into the Tyrolean village of Hopfgarten.  However, before we get to our resting destination we have a small matter of "White Water Rafting" to do before we get there.  Wow, what a crazy, scary an enthralling experience.  We had a pretty strong team with 4 boys an 4 girls to paddle our way down the grade 3 rapids. It was awesome once everyone was comfortable with falling out, getting back in an knowing the calls of our guide.  We were the only group to hit the hardest rapid an make it over without flipping-Woohoo, it was magic.  So very glad that we did it, an what scenery to look at on the way down the flowing river.

What a fantastic little part of the world this is. Coming from a winter season in the rocky mountains I can see the draw card for this area for all those Skiers an Snowboards, it is one of the biggest ski areas in Austria.  But here in summer is just as impressive with the quiet life of traditional Austria.  Simon & I decided to go for a 3 hour walk around the area as there were many walking/hiking trails, while some of the others went on the endurance mountain bike ride through the area.  There were a few sore butts an scuffed elbows on their return!!

Day two saw us head down to the adventure park an go for a swim in the lake.  There were great climbing things an inflatable toys that the boys had a great time with.  Then it was off to the trout farm where you can catch ya own fish an then the ladies would prepare it an cook it for you.  Delicious!!
After dinner, it was off to the Silver Bullet where we could drink traditional Flugals an hit the Kareoke stage.  What a great night full of laughs an entertainment!!
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