This morning, we went on a cable car, apparently it’s called a gondola. The cable car took us up a mountain to Oeschinensee. The journey in the cable car was exciting! We could see everything in the valley, even way back to our campsite. The views were spectacular, made even better by the good weather. The journey in the cable car only took 8 minutes, but it would have taken us hours to hike up the same mountain.
At the end of the cable car journey, we went on a hike to Lake Oeschinensee. The Lake was glorious glacial water. Due to the lake being a Glacial Lake, the water was cold, really cold. Like 2oC cold! It was really funny when the first few members jumped in and bobbed out so quickly, shivering and shouting. But that was nowhere near as entertaining as when some of the leaders went in, they suddenly weren’t as macho even more. It was really good to see the leaders joining in, even the DC!
After we had eaten our lunches by the lake, we hiked over to the Rodelbahn (toboggan track). As we arrived at the toboggan track, we could see people slipping and sliding everywhere. We got non our toboggans and were taken straight up to the top. From the top of the toboggan run, the view was amazing, but before we knew it, we were on a slippery slope downhill. There were twists and turns everywhere! A few of our members even took it a bit fast and fell off. We all agreed that, when we reached the bottom of the slide, it was amazing!
As the weather was so good to us, we decided to hike back down the mountain. The hike took us about 2 hours. Parts of the hike were really challenging, due to the paths being rather steep. The Alps are nothing like the Peak District! Everyone embraced the challenge and reached the bottom of the valley in good time. It was a hike like none of us had been on before!
After tea, we went around the site to meet Scouts from different places. We walked through the door of the chalet and there was a huge crowd of Portuguese and British Scouts playing games and making music using the piano in the international room. We didn’t realise that Bassetlaw had such talented musicians!
Once we had finished playing music on the piano, Rolf (one of our brill leaders), decided to get his guitar. When he returned, he played some really funny and happy songs. We hadn’t heard of the songs before, but they were great and all of us (including the Scouts from different countries) were singing along.
John and George
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