This morning we did not have to wait on anybody, not even Cody. After the greatest breakfast at Norbert's We were getting ready to go to the Grossglockner, and climb the glacier.
We drove on the very beautiful Großglockner-Hochalpenstraße.
Dam close to Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe
From the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe, the Pasterzenkees can be accessed by a class 1 trail (i.e., loose footing) or via a funicular rail which descends 143 m. When this rail was constructed decades ago, it used to reach the surface of the glacier. Today, the ice has receded so much that the rail only reaches the half way point between the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe and the Pasterzenkees (http://users.erols.com/espina/Climbing/Austria9708/Grossglockner/).
We had a great time hiking to the glacier, and coming back up. The elevation difference was about 2000 feet, the environment was great.
We are on the glacier
Crevasse near the end of the glacier
On the way up
After our tour, we bought our gifts in the gift shop, and started our journey to Italy. At the border we did not get a stamp again. Hurrah we were in Italy.
Italy, Lake Misurina
On the way to Misurina
We arrived to Lake Misurina around 4 p.m. We all fell in love with the lake in a minute or so...Especially after we learned about our motel. Anna found this very beautiful motel on the lake with unbelievable views and fantastic rooms.
Surrounded by the beautiful peaks of Lavaredo situated along the shores of the picturesque lake Misurina it is not a surprise that Italians call this place “the pearl of the Dolomites”. We could not stop admiring the Three Peaks and the surrounding mountains such as Cristallo, Sorapis and Cadini. From the numerous U shaped valleys it was obvious that During the peak of the last glacial period, about 20,000 years ago, this area must have been covered with glaciers. When the glaciers subsided (about 17,000 years ago), materials piled up on their fronts. We learned that lake Misurina is the biggest natural lake in Cadore.
The Three peaks and the lake
Playing in the snow Our Hotel, with our balconies
The lake at night
(In this section, if otherwise not stated, the pictures were taken by, and the property of Dr. Anna Balog-Szabo)