By late afternoon, we were back at the car. The weather was so beautiful and we knew we had to leave the next day, so we wanted to make the most of our time in this area while we could. So after coffees at a charming wooden kiosk in the sunshine, we drove to Schluchsee, a town and lake. What a difference the wide open sky and smooth water surface made to where we had been all day, clambering up and down narrow paths between high rocks deep in the gorge!
We even rented a small boat and had a little cruise on the water - we were the last to get one that day (still talking about the 21st of September), as the man owning the boats was closing up for the evening.
This panorama picture is O.K.'s; I have his permission to use it:
Schluchsee (the lake) is a reservoir at roughly 3,000 ft (930 m) above sea level. There was a smaller glacier lake there until a dam was built between 1929 and 1932. You can find out some more facts about Schluchsee here on wikipedia.
I am going to do a "wrap up" post about our September holiday soon. For now, I haven't go the time - my suitcase wants packing, as I am going to spend the weekend and the first half of next week at O.K.'s (there are two public holidays in Germany next week!). Let me end this post with a picture from one of our hikes around Zurich; it looks rather Halloweenish, doesn't it? But those of you who have been reading my previous posts will know that it is nothing spooky at all :-)
And for a cosy Saturday afternoon, here are coffees and cakes for you!