Monday, February 26, 2018


July 21-25, 2017

Our first night in Austria was spent in the parking lot for Molltaler Gletcher , a ski area, near Flattach, Austria. We were going to ride the lifts (it would take 3 lifts) to the top and hike around, but the weather was bad, so the two upper lifts were closed. We decided to move on down the road.

We didn't plan on visiting Austria, but with all the hot weather we had been encountering, we just kept driving hoping to find cooler weather. We found it in Austria, but didn't know where to go. We picked up a brochure for Glossglockner Hochalpenstrasse at a visitors center and decided to give it a try. 

Heilgenblut, Austria - Looking back down the valley we just drove through.

Heilgenblut, Austria - The beginning of the toll road Glossglockner Hochalpenstrasse (High Alpine Road).

View along the road from Heilbenblut to Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Hohe view point.

View of the road to Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Hohe view point.

 Wild flowers - They were everywhere. We must have been there at the prime bloom time.

 There were lots of beautiful waterfalls.

View of Johannisberg from Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Hohe view point.

Our free parking spot for the night. You can see the van lined up with his overnight parking buddies. We had a wild storm most of the night, but in the morning the clouds began to open up.

 More wild flowers.

I have never seen so many marmots. They were everywhere you looked.

Grossglockner - The highest peak in Austria.

Grossglockner - Look closely and you can see a line of climbers crossing the glacier all the way to the summit. It was the first clear day in about a week, so it was a busy day on the mountain.

Johannisberg and the Pasterze Glacier

Hochtor Pass selfie.

Fuscher Torl - From here the road switchbacks for miles down the mountain. It is an amazing drive.

Moserer See near Seewald Austria. This was a nice hike between monster rain storms. It felt good to get out of the van for a few hours.

 We had very heavy rain driving through the mountains, while the higher elevations got snow.

Friday, January 26, 2018


July 15th - 20th, 2017

We love Slovenia. It is a beautiful country. The capital city, Ljubljana, is wonderful. We visited the country 10 years ago and I have to say it is still one of my favorite countries. Lake Bled was over crowded with tourists, but the rest of the country was fabulous.

View of Ljubljana.

Ljubljanica River flows through the center of the city.

Buildings along the river.

Most of the street are traffic free. It sure makes for a pretty street with no cars parked in front of the houses.

There are beautiful buildings everywhere you look.

The National Gallery

Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church

Inside the church all the walls and ceiling are covered with frescoes.

Bill's favorite time of the day.

Dragon Bridge

Wall art

More wall art

Robba Fountain in front of Ljubljana Town Hall.

Mesarski Most (Butchers Bridge) is covered with love locks.

View of the central market with Triple Bridges in the distance.

Lake Bled - We spent the morning walking around the lake. There is a nice paved 6k path that follows the shoreline.

The water lilies in the lake were beautiful.

The secondary mountain roads are scenic, but very narrow. Most were one lane hanging on the edge of a cliff with very few pull outs.

Before we could hike on this trail, we had to pass inspection by these two. They looked us over very closely, but decided we were ok to pass.

Museum of Kobarid is dedicated to WW1. It is a really good museum.

Sacrario dei Caduti di Caporette - A memorial to the Italian soldiers who lost their lives in the Kobarid area during WW1.

The ceiling of the chapel at the memorial.

This little guy was along a path. I am not sure how well he could fly because he let us get very close.

White water kayaking is very popular in the Soca Valley.

Steep mountains of the Soca Valley.

Foot bridge over the Soca River.

A flock of turkeys came running down the mountainside as we hiked by. I think they were looking for dinner.

Looking toward Italy from the Slovenian boarder.