Saturday was a beautiful, sunny day and we headed to Lake Lucerne, a huge winding lake in central Switzerland overlooked by ageless mountains: Mt Pilatus presides there at a height of 2132m, over Stanserhorn, Klewenalp, Scheidegg, Kolinburgen, Mt Rigi, to Mt Burgenstock at 1128m, then many more beyond of even headier heights. In fact, throughout Switzerland there are over 250 mountain summits over 3600m high (for context, Scaefell Pike is 978m, and that’s a challenge to hike up).
Anyway, we had our woolly hats and a flask of tea with us so when things got chilly we were ok.
We didn’t hike up rock faces or slither along glacial deposits, though both of those would have been great. Instead, we hopped onto a slightly rickety ferry which took us across the lake to somewhere tranquil on the West side, where we picnicked, walked a few km along the lakeside track, and were speechless at the views of the distant white-topped peaks. It was an incredible sight and we had a really lovely day.
There’s a point in Northeast Switzerland where the Rhein plunges over huge ancient boulders from a great height, to form the Rheinfalls, the largest waterfall in Europe. The Lonely Planet says ‘Europe’s largest plain waterfalls’ – I’m not sure exactly what ‘plain’ means here.
It is spectacular to feel the spray from the crashing water on your face (– this was Monday’s trip, as my therapy was cancelled due to technical issues-Tuesday and Wednesday too). So, we spent Monday afternoon there, Mari on her trike, me trotting alongside and providing turbo pushes when needed. There were some mean slopes to get up, we can both vouch for that, using muscles we didn’t know we had left any longer (well, me, anyway! Mari is super strong on her bike).
Glass elevators fixed to the riverbank rocks took us slightly alarmingly rapidly down towards the foot of the falls, where we then went a bit further on foot. The viewing platforms and a small cave to peer from were reassuringly solid, yet Mari and I did find ourselves hanging onto each other’s arm when peering over the edge, just in case the six inch oak barrier and the prehistoric rocks decided to give way at that very moment.
So, it’s been a rocky few days with the uncertainty of cancelled treatments. Talking of rocks, my son is in his first public show in a few weeks, ‘Rock of Ages’ at Lowther Pavilion. It’s running Thursday 1st December until Saturday 3rd December. If you fancy it, keep a look out for my lovely boy and give him an extra loud clap and a cheer.
Love Hellie x
#spot the fake fell