Above Cloud 9 on Mt. Rigi, Switzerland

Home base: Lucerne

Traveled by boat from Lake Lucerne to Weggis,
By aerial cable cars to Rigi Kaltbad,
Rode the cogwheel railway to Rigi Staffel,
Hiked up to the summit of Rigi Kulm —
The highest peak of Mount Rigi (1,797 m, or 5,748 ft above sea level) —
Hiked to a dairy farm,
Snacked on cheese made from the farm’s cows,
Trekked on various trails,
Took the cogwheel railway back down to Vitznau,
Cruised on Lake Lucerne back to home base.

A Nod to Monadnock

From the Marriott to New Hampshire’s Mt. Monadnock in the early Sunday morn. Breakfasted at T’s where the omelet fillings fell short due to the cook’s lack of skill with the skillet. Arrived at the foot of the mountain and parked next to a blue SUV with a license plate from Miami. On Memorial Day, they chose crags over skittering crabs along the seashore. Followed the White Dot Trail, so full of energy at the start. Panted as the steps got steeper. Dripped sweat as legs felt heavier. Sighted the summit and reached the top at last. Refreshed by the breeze and a long drink of water. Savored the beauty of my expanded horizon. Headed back down by way of the White Cross Trail. Wobbled halfway to the parking lot. Knocked out by the grand Mt. Monadnock.

©2015 Karina Pinella