“I want to see mountains again, Gandalf!”

We went here today. Säntis is utterly gorgeous. I’ve never been around mountains like that in my life before, and it was incredible – jaw-droppingly amazing and beautiful.

We got up and moving fairly early, and with the baby, that’s quite an effort. We had to change trains just a few times. By the time we got to the last train-leg of the trip, we were able to see Säntis. Our last mode of transportation was a bus that zig-zagged up the tightest turns I’ve ever seen. I took a brief video from the front seat of the bus. Click here to see it unless you are easily car-sick.

The bus dumped us at the back of the main hotel in the area. It seems that Säntis is a very popular place to bike to (motorcycles more than bicycles). There were hundreds of bikes in the parking lot. We tried to find some sort of tourist information area, but there was none, so after briefly consulting a map posted at the head of one of the trails, we headed off, baby and all.

The trail had gravel, but our poor Graco stroller is apparently not made to handle much other than the occasional walk. Between the beating it got on our hike, and the fact that I walk over cobblestone streets with it nearly every day, and that it is a pain to get in and out of the bus, train, etc… it is no wonder it seems like it is about to fall apart. Plus, I can’t imagine how rattled Eddie feels in the Graco. We desperately need an off-road stroller. Most of the good ones are 500-1000 francs, and I’m having difficulty locating a used one locally. We’ll probably just have to bite the bullet sometime soon. I’ve already found several that I think will work for us – lightweight, sturdy, with shocks and air-filled wheels. Most have three wheels instead of four, further increasing stability. Continue reading

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