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Welcome – Wilkommen – Bienvenido – Bienvenue – Benvenuto – Bainvegni

Once in awhile it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley

Welcome to our travel site:  More 2 Explore.

We hope this site inspires individuals to live the lives they were meant to live; to get out into this vast, beautiful world and explore more. To realize there is more to this life than the traditional 9 to 5.  We also plan to share our travel, cultural and educational experiences with our followers.

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Four Lakes – One Pass Hike

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Four Lakes – One Pass Hike – Central Switzerland

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Starting at Melchsee – Frutt (1920m), though this hike can be walked in the other direction as well,  we peacefully made our way under blue skies to Tannensee (1974m). Then up to Engstlensee (1834), stopped over at Engstlenalp for a homemade slice of nut cake, pushed on to Jochpass (2207), crossed patches of snow and then down to Trübsee.

The hike is over 18km, with roughly 600 meters of height gain, and the hike took just over 4.5 hours to complete.  There is only one slightly technical part of the trail, though cables are provided for safety.

The low down on why this hike is worth the effort.

There are incredible views throughout the entire duration of this hike.  Hikers won’t be disappointed with the beauty that surrounds them!

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During the summer months, hikers can enjoy gorgeous alpine flowers.

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The four stunning lakes (Melchsee-Frutt, Tannensee, Engstlenalp, Trübsee) with Tannensee being the only man-made lake of the four are gorgeous milestones along the route.

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Accommodations, food and toilets can be found at Melchsee – Frutt, Tannalp, Engstlenalp, Joch Berghaus and Trübsee, make for light packing.

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Grilling is possible at all four lakes, with huts that offer ample wood.

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The Fruttli – Zug for kids, which is a sweet yellow and blue train, that will cart kiddos from Melchsee – Frutt to Tannenalp and back.  This ultimately means less whining for the parents to endure!

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You get to be slightly bad- ass by hiking a pass and crossing snowfields. Remember, I said only, slightly!  A chair – lift is also available for this portion of the hike for those not interested in snow or passes.

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Getting to Melchsee – Frutt from Basel:

Basel SBB – Luzern – Sarnen – Stöckalp – Melchsee – Frutt – 2:30 minutes

Getting Home from Engelberg:

Engelberg – Luzern – Basel Sbb – 1:54 minutes

Happy hiking!

Is that an animal in your pocket?

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Is that an animal in your pocket?  Actually, yes it is.

Business travel can be difficult for both parents, and it can be particularly hard for the kids, but here’s one way to make it fun. Whether your trip takes you away for two days on a one-hour flight or twelve days in Japan, it is always too long.

On one business trip after our son was old enough to talk, he offered me one of his stuffed animals to take with me on my way out the door; it seemed huge. I was heartbroken. I knew I could not take it with me, purely based on suitcase space.   I asked him if he had anything smaller, and to my surprise, he came back with a very small stuffed animal, the kind you find on a key chain. He loves giraffes, and this was a mini one, his favorite. We called him Baby Geo. I placed Baby Geo in my pocket, and promised him I would take care of him.

This began a tradition of carrying various mini stuffed animals all over the place.   There has been “Baby Geo,” “Baby Bunny,” and “Zücki” (a Beagle).   You can find these little stuffed animals at many stores (department or toy stores) and can perhaps even pick one up during a trip. I think it is a great idea that you can really have a lot of fun with.

I thought of the “flat Stanley” cut outs that people send friends and relative to take pictures in front of monuments or historical places, or even the travel gnome. So, I started to take pictures of the animals all over the place with my iPhone. It helped to pass the (in between) time and provided the family with random email updates.

For example, I’ve had “Baby Geo” pose at the checkout at the grocery store, in a business meeting (when possible or appropriate), boarding the plane, or bunny trying to eat with chopsticks, witnessing a Shinkansen race by, or posing with a warrior statue. It has also made for some interesting conversations and dialogs with my colleagues, wherever they have been in the world.

In fact, I have often found that they too express the opportunity for me to take a photo with the animal. And if your business counterparts also have kids, they will completely understand.  It has been a lot of fun and it has surprised me that something so small was able to transcend cultural barriers and make our family still feel connected despite our distance.

Photo of the Week – June 26th

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A recent (quick) trip to Paris, afforded me 90 minutes to see a few sights before a long meeting.  The weather was very cooperative.  Here is a view of the Eiffel Tower from The Trocadero.  Soon to post: Tips relating to Business Travel and taking advantage of some free time, even it it is only an hour.

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The “Photo of the Week” on More 2 Explore is taken from our collection of travel photos throughout the past eight–years (of living abroad) and is typically from the same month for which it is posted. Be sure to click “follow” to see more photos each week! (usually posts on Friday.)

Saturday Reflection

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Photo_Week_20150607_Lünersee_June_2015We don’t post images and relay stories to brag or boast – for that is to miss the point.

We post images to share –  to depict through pictures how remarkably stunning this world is and how grateful we are to be able to be part of it.

Never once have we stepped into those towering mountains, touched alpine cold lakes and haven’t taken a moment to give thanks.  Grateful for being able to walk on our own two feet into a world that reminds us what it means to truly live.

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