Earlier in the week, we visited Wolfgangsee (see = lake), and took a cable car up to the mountain top of Zwölferhorn. At lake level, it was about 25+ degrees, and at the mountain top, it was a bit colder, about 15 degrees. But comfortable and sunny enough for a short “hike” across the alms.
Very Heidi-esque, the air was crisp and clean, the trail quite dry and gentle enough for lazy quilty-types like myself 🙂 One of my group is an avid botanist, and kept us entertained and informed about the numerous flowers on the trail. When I first entered the alms, I saw rocks and grass and wildflowers. As we progressed on our walk, I became aware that there was so much more to it all. It was wonderful to have a lesson in mountain flora, and I really enjoyed it.
We came across a herd of cows, with bells that tinkled gently as they graze. It appears that farmers are granted ownership of these alpine pastures, but with the condition that visitors may hike or cycle through on the existing trails. In Austria, there are more than half a million cows on over 12,000 alms in the summertime. Quite a lot of mooooooo!
After the walk, we stopped off at a mountain hut (restaurant) for a simple lunch of frankfurters (one friend opted for the goulash, which was truly excellent home cooking!). Then back down the mountain again via cable car – a great afternoon!