A few days ago I mentioned an outing that concluded with a hike in pretty Swiss scenery. Today being wet and dreary, it is nice to recall that day. We were driving home and saw a sign about a river gorge, so spontaneously stopped. A little way up the trail was this cascading waterfall.
|And - wouldn't you know - bridges. sigh...|
|Rocks ground out these bowl shapes. There were numbers of them.|
Then up the stream was a former mill.
|...with a millstone you could try to turn. We read that it took three hours - with a much bigger stone than this - to grind 100 kilos of flour by water power, but they were using this mill until after the war, up to 1945.|
After more upward climbing through forest, we came to a pond, farm fields looking across to Lichtenstein and its castle, and pleasant vistas.
|A small dam....|
|....which made this pond.|
|In the niche between the trees, above the city at the foot of the mountains, is the Lichtenstein castle., that white spot you see in about the centre of the picture.|
|In the middle of this field we walked across was this water shed. It had a cistern inside to water cattle.|
|Quite laboriously. If you want your children to be busy and out of trouble you would give them this job, because it would take awhile.|
|Behold a river gorge. "Somebody" mentioned bridge in connection with the tree trunk across the gorge. I declined to believe it.|
|An example of highly sophisticated engineering technology.|
|A so-pretty path|
|EEEK! Until one gets to these. It was wobbly and had loose boards and was forever long.|
|Then we were out of the gorge and in civilisation with pretty flowers all over.|
|The walking path continued up the hill in the right side of the picture.|
|Behold, pretty flowers.|
We had dinner in the countryside and got a colorful sunset on the way home.
Tomorrow is Switzerland's 925th birthday - Independence Day here. (The first time I came to visit Switzerland was it's 900th birthday.) Already fireworks are going off in anticipation. Maria picked a very nice hymn for our service today to complement the prayers offered for the country. See TLH 575 - everyone should learn and sing it regularly, in his own language.