Enjoying the Last Days of Summer

The last few days we have spent lots of time outdoors, as it is predicted to get cold and rainy for the next week. Aunt Suzi, cousin Lili, Annie and I went to this amazing outdoor pool complex. It is very close to the city center so we biked. I had my first bike ride with Annie in the child carrier on the back; she loves it but Mom was a bit nervous at first. We spent hours there enjoying the different pools, water slides, and grassy areas.

Fun at the outdoor pool.

Here is a cute one of Lili…she and Annie get along well. Usually.

Cousin Lili in the sun.

Cousin Lili in the sun.

The next day Markus, Annie and I took a gondola up the mountain to Mutterer Alm. In the summer there is an extensive trail system and in the winter, skiing of course. Annie’s favourite part was the grazing cows. She was intrigued from the moment we heard the cow bells and saw them from the gondola. And let me tell you, these things are big; this ain’t no petting zoo.

We walked for about half an hour then had lunch at a chalet (pretty much anywhere you hike in the mountains ends in somewhere to get a beer and a plateful of hearty food.) Annie and I shared pasta with sausage and Markus had Krautfleckeln…a very healthy and low-cal mix of saurerkraut, noodles, ham and cheese. Delish! Markus had a drink called a Radler, which is a mix of beer and lemonade (I guess like a shanty); very refreshing. Clearly Annie has some serious Austrian genes, as her current favourite food is cabbage, either cooked or in a salad.

Here are some pics from the day.

The beginning of the hike. Annie pulled at Markus' hair almost the whole way. Delightful.

The beginning of the hike. Annie pulled at Markus' hair almost the whole way. Delightful.

Annie patting the cow.

Annie patting the cow.

Our mid-hike chalet stop.

Our mid-hike chalet stop.

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