Wednesday, February 18, 2009
On Monday, Feb 9th, we boarded the train for Lucerne. This was a really nice train ride with gorgeous scenery all around us. We were headed for the edge of the Alps...to see if we could find Heidi or her long lost relatives.
We wondered around the beautiful city for a short time before succumbing to the snowy peaks around us. Mt. Pilatus is right there...with Lucerne at her feet and we decided to head on up and look around. There are three sets of trams you have to take to get up the 7000 ft mountain. The top had about 20 feet of snow and was windy and desolate. It had the most beautiful view though...absolutely amazing!
We took the first big tram (carries about 40 people) down to Frakmuntegg, which is at 4650 ft. There we got on wooden sleds and sledded down to the last tram stop at Kriensevegg at 3375 ft. Yes, that is 1200 feet down the side of a mountain on sleds. Did I mention we weren't dressed for this? Anyhow, we had a great time...only one major crash (they had so much snow!) and I had several bruises on my legs (and I wasn't even the one that crashed! I was just trying to not hurtle myself off the side of the mountain when Rich chose the "difficult" path over the "easy" one). Lily had had about enough of our nonsense by the time we were in the last tram down to Lucerne. We got some food and jumped back on the train to Zurich so Rich could attend the evening ice breaker portion of his conference.
Posted by Cyndi at 12:11 PM