I guess I’ve become almost a bit like a manic person, because the weather so profoundly affects my emotions. The last days’ clouds, rain and snow made me worry about the way ahead, and put me in a sombre mood. But today’s sunshine and warmth made me just as happy as that Pharell song (perhaps I even felt like a room without a roof?).
Anyhow, I’m enjoying the sun while it lasts. Today I finally crossed the main chain of the Alps, into the northern part of Tyrol, via the strangely named col Hundskehljoch (2557m); approximately meaning “Dog’s Throat Pass” in German.
Up towards the Hundskehljoch
The view from the top was spectacular, and the nature on the other side stunning. All in the warm sunshine. I trek/live for days like this!
View back to yesterday’s ridge; far left is Dreiherrnspitze, in the middle Rötspitze. My col, Umbaltörl, is just left of the small black pyramid-shaped peak at centre-left
The afternoon took me down through the Zillergrund, one of the deep, narrow, sparsely populated valleys that meet at Mayrhofen to form the Zillertal. I’m camping not far from Mayrhofen, my old haunt from when I worked there for a season as a ski instructor.
At the top
On the way down into the Zillergrund
And now, i will end the day with a bit of reading in the tent and perhaps a little shot of the Austrian Marillenschnaps I’ve been carrying…
Have a great day everyone!