Place

Of all the places, as natural and jaw dropping as this, Switzerland is on the top of our list… Let’s Hike!

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The photo above was taken in the Glarus region of Switzerland, adjacent to the peak Schwarzstöckli.

This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Place in the World

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Hiking Tip – Socks…They Matter!

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Cringe… I hate to admit another rookie mistake in the works from this lady, but it happened.  I confess I had no flippin’ idea that a.) hiking socks are a thing  b.) hiking socks are very important to the hiker c.) that hiking socks are necessary and finally d.) that hiking socks are both worth the pricey investment and more than just a way to make X brand more money.

Doh…note to self, hiking socks are my new favorite way to spend great amounts of money in a very short period of time and ask my husband, I am not a big spender!  Privileged I know, but to the hiker, those trusty socks can and do make the world of difference translating into comfortable, warm and dry feet, plus blister free for miles and miles and miles.  Ah, because there is nothing worse than lacing your boots back up when your feet are covered in fresh, raw blisters.  Ouch!

At this point in time, I do not have a favorite brand, however, if any of the below mentioned sock brands (X Bionic, SmartWool, Jack Wolfskin, and Teko Eco-Performance socks) are interested in being a sponsor of More 2 Explore, I am certain I would not be hard pressed to come up with a favorite, trusty, outdoor, hiking sock… in a flash. Ha!  Just reach out and let me know.  But on an serious note, I do dig the Merino hiking socks for keeping my feet dry, warm and comfy with that bit of extra cushion.

Until then, know this fellow hikers, hiking socks are a thing, and they are totally worth the investment!  Your socks have the power to make hiking a genuine pleasure or an absolute fail; choose pleasure my friends, choose pleasure because blisters on the trail blow, no other way to say it!

 

 

See the Alps – from the inside!

I am a bit fascinated with WWII, perhaps because of the stories my father told me as a child; he lived through it.  Hiking in Switzerland, one often comes across memorials, anti-tank walls, and bunkers, often sometimes hidden away, only revealing themselves when they are right in front of you, like our hike to Lämmerensee.  Recently, on a blitz photo tour of Switzerland, my sister and I visited the bunker of Sasso San Gottardo, one of the Swiss’ best kept secret since 1941.  An impressive 2.5km tunnel network, strategically positioned above the St. Gotthard Pass, with 150mm cannons (27km range!), was declassified in 2001 and remains as a museum.

The bunker is a great visit when traveling over the pass, particularly if you are interested in historic sites, or off the beaten path tours.  Additionally, if you are planning a tour of Switzerland (by car), consider staying on the St. Gotthard pass, high up, with expansive views of the Alps.  If you do, a drive down the cobblestone Tremola Road (the old St. Gotthard pass) into Airolo in the morning is just as impressive.

While in the bunker, there are many artifacts from the years the bunker remained in service, many of which are in great condition.  Lastly, before you leave, be sure to check out the crystal room… on display are the largest crystals (up to 1m, all weighing 1.5 tons!) ever found in the Alps.

In the Alps #11

The “Into the Alps” photo series are snapshots from various trips we have taken in the Alps. Although the photos are primarily in black and white, they aim to show the natural beauty of the Alps in areas which may be of interest to others. We hope you enjoy this series and that you follow us to be a part of the updates.

This photo was taken on a cold November looking away from the mountain station of Gornergrat.  The window of the lift station Hohtälli reflects the setting sun as does the three peaks of Rimpfischhorn, Adlerhorn, and Schwartzberghorn.

A recommended overnight at Gornergrat might just surprise and captivate, as we were lucky to witness.

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