At the top there is a glacier-fed lake that we can walk around
. Of course the children have their eye on the playground the map promises them on the other side of the lake. We travel around the lake and see many slugs (which look really like homeless snails), actual snails in shells, flowers and people walking dogs that Daniel wants to pet. The playground was where it was promised and the children enjoyed playing on it before heading to the lake to take a dip... being that it is water from a glacier, it was cold! Both kids braved the chill and walked across the lake but only a few times. They spent hours on a little sandy area making forts out of sand and rocks. The sand was shiny because of what we think is mica in the rock (the sand was really more like dirt actually than beach sand). Jim and I relaxed by the lake while the kids played. We also enjoyed listening to the cows on the side of the mountain walk around and play their cow bells for us. Then we made our way back around the other side of the lake back through the woods by the gorge and to the car park.
Our task for the afternoon was to locate a laundry to wash our clothes. After a short rest in our apartment we head to the information center. Armed with our dirty clothes and a map, we head towards Zell am See (the next town over) to find the cleaning service. We drop off our clothes discovering that we will pick them up on Thursday all washed, dried and folded for us. With that chore out of the way, we head into the town of Zell am See to see what we can see. We find a parking place and walk to the lake. Of course, a playground is at the lake. Jim and I find a bench to enjoy the lake and mountain views and relax while the children play. We then head into town a bit to take a look around, have an ice cream cone, peek into some shops and sit in a cafe for a snack. Then we head on back to the playground for another run before getting to our car and returning to our apartment. After dinner, the kids head into town to check out a skateboarding store while I sit on the back porch and type this blog. Daniel is here reading on the porch swing. We see cats coming and going across the backyard. It's just a peaceful evening in Austria.
Austrian mountain breezes woke us this morning. After some coffee and getting ready, we head to the grocery store to stock up on food for the week now that it's Monday and the stores are open. Following breakfast we pack up a picnic for lunch and head out to visit the Siegmund Thun Gorge which is right down the street from our Austrian home. When we get our ticket, we head straight into the gorge and ascend up a wooden walkway that hugs the side of the gorge wall along the rushing water. The water is going so fast that is is really quite loud. The gorge is 320 m long and winds through towering rock falling over and over again as it makes it's way down the mountainside. At the top of the gorge, we again can feel the heat of the sun. The temperature difference in the gorge is remarkable. It's also really damp and wet too!