Monday, June 1, 2009

Furenalp Family Hike

Today the family decided to drive to Engelberg and do some hiking in the Furenalp region of Switzerland. Once there, we found parking and Nick paid for our tickets on the gondola. Once in the gondola, it was a slow ascension to the top of the mountain. Geno became scared a couple of times because of the dips and held on to his Dad very tight. Once to the top, Geno yells loud and clear, "Yay!!" and all of the other people on the gondola with us laughed.

We then proceeded to the outdoor terrace where they served drinks, food, and desserts and ordered German sausages with hash browns and alpine macaroni for two. I have never had the opportunity to try alpine macaroni before, but it surely didn't disappoint. This is a Swiss mountain dish that includes penne pasta, cheese, caramelized onions, garlic, and potatoes. Coretta followed her dinner up with two scoops of chocolate ice cream that she shared with her Mom and brother.

While we waited for the food to arrive, Coretta jumped on the trampoline that overlooks the mountains in every direction and Geno enjoyed going up and down the gigantic green slide. After lunch, we took the gondola and decided to hike in the valley since much of the paths are paved and easy to navigate with the stroller. It is here that we heard the clanging of the famous Swiss cow bells, saw old farmhouses, majestic views of mountains, waterfalls, and the cleanest water I have ever seen. Geno and Coretta took some time to skip some rocks into the river and I even dipped my feet in.

Both kids fell asleep on the drive home. Great way to spend a day. There is nothing like nature, mountains, and hiking to replenish your soul. Here are a few more pictures from our hike at this link: Furenalp Photos

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