10 miles (without packs) ascent 722′ descent 1640′
This was our first rest day. We were a little cavalier with the idea of “rest” at this point. Later we would look back on this day and say, “What were we thinking….10 miles on a REST day??”
The hotel was still closed, so we had a lonely breakfast before we began our day’s adventure. It was quite wonderful to walk without our packs. We rode the funicular up to Braunwald, a little carless village high up on the mountain. Anything that needs to be toted is done with tiny trucks or horse drawn carts.
Of course, I had to pet one of the horses!
We walked to Nussbüel for a cake lunch. As we arrived we were greeted with shouts of “hello!” Our Virginian hikers were having their lunch here as well. The sun was shining and it was a glorious day to just sit and soak up the view of the surrounding mountains.
The path back down to Linthal was a gnarly, steep trail with lots of roots and ruts. Once at the bottom we followed a raging little river that eventually runs through Linthal.
We returned to the same restaurant, Hotel Raben, for dinner and had the best meal we had had on the trip yet!