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  • Day1222

    Hinterheim Lake

    October 31, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    A mass of driftwood takes up most of our gravel car park and fills the stoney shore in front of us. Hinterheim's turquiose waters are smooth as glass now, but at some point the rivers that feed it must have been raging with snow melt.

    Today's journey south has brought us closer to Ticino, an Italian speaking Canton of Switzerland. The landscape has been incredible, in the true sense of the word. Our route closely followed the course of the Hinterheim River within a towering gorge so steep it looked like someone had cut directly down into the bare rock like they were slicing bread. Where there wasn't enough space to accommodate both the watercourse and traffic flow, we were plunged into long tunnels blasted through the cliff, some of them with large arched windows to let daylight in.

    We weren't sure we'd be able to stop at this beautifully scenic location at the northern end of the lake because there were roadworks, but luckily the workers had left a right of way and we were able to squeeze Martha in beside the only other car, whose owner was collecting small branches, possibly for a craft project, possibly as firewood.

    We were both a bit tired from travelling, so just chilled out for the rest of the day, watching the yellow leaves as they were blown from nearby Poplars. The steep sides of the valley were forested with pines and looking south we could see snowcapped mountains behind which the sun set that evening. It was a peaceful spot, perfect for a rest.
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