|The adorable couple we met.|
It was probably in a cloud, like the day that the Cloud family went to the top of the mountain and were literally in a cloud and couldn't see 5 feet in front of them. That was extremely unfortunate for them, considering that it was unbelievably beautiful up there.
The tunnel leading to the elevator and the elevator are the originals that Hitler built.
The couple in the tunnel above were this incredibly cute and kind couple we met. They were from Scotland and had been married 59 years. She was afraid of heights and was not happy about going to the top of a mountain, but braved the situation. She actually hiked a bit up the mountain despite her fear and was proud of herself. They were extremely agile and energetic. It was inspiring to see. They hiked with the best of them and very quickly. And they were so nice!
The ride up the mountain to the tunnel starts with a very fast bus ride in buses that can handle the steep hills because they have special engines.
The view was beautiful and totally worth the terror of getting there.
We then smashed our way into the large elevator and headed to the top of the mountain.
It was amazing. There was not a cloud in the sky and you could see for miles around.
The poor Cloud family...
Adrienne and I took a lot of pictures of each other enjoying the fabulous view from different angles.
It's really a strange feeling being somewhere that Hitler was, standing somewhere that he stood. It's not necessarily a good feeling either. But it's important to remember.
We continued our journey in Germany back down the treacherous hill into the town of Berchtesgaden, a small Bavarian town of 8000 people.
Here I am with the fountain.
I had taken a tour with the same company in 2009 and knew that they leave people behind, so we definitely ran.
Our next stop was the salt mines, which were really cool.
They made us wear these ridiculous jumpsuits throughout the tour. It was mildly ridiculous and embarrassing.
Here is Adrienne in her suit, looking slightly alarmed.
|Very narrow ski slopes!|
Needless to say, Adrienne and I quoted Lord of the Rings a lot, saying "Into the mines!" and "They call it a mine. A MINE!" frequently to each other.
The best part of the mines was definitely looking at the different types of salt...
Just kidding. Even I cannot make that interesting. The best part was definitely the mirror lake. I wasn't brave enough to take a picture of it, but it was really beautiful. The water was so still and reflective.
Our next stop was Koenigsee, or King's Lake, for a lovely view of the mountains and a large lake. We had enough time to walk up to the viewpoint and look at the lake for a while.
Adrienne is here in shadow.
That is, until I got my camera back and had 4 pictures of Adrienne and I and basically no background.
We wanted our picture to show where we've been!
Also we bought ice cream because it was necessary to buy ice cream every day of our trip.
Also a "Where the Wild Things are" parade came by while we were eating dinner.
We decided to sleep in a little bit the next morning because we were feeling a bit travel worn. It was quite unsuccessful due to the fact that two of the girls in our room decided to start packing at 4 AM for TWO HOURS! I am not even joking! They were banging around for what felt like forever, so I did not manage to sleep well. But I survived the next day. But this blog is long enough and I will have to write about that day at another time!