May 26: Flüelapass
All right! Just one more train ride, the sixth of the day, straight to Zernez. Right?
Hmm, that cloud is extra-dark.
And by the way, WRONG about a straightforward final train ride. The Vereina Tunnel between Klosters and the Unterengadin (Lower Engadin (Lower En Valley (the En is the local, Romansch name of the Inn River))) was closed that day for some reason, so it was bus time. Oh, perfect timing, rain.
Because, nothing like barreling around hairpin turns in a large bus just after the rain slicks the roads up, right? Actually I was pretty excited to have the detour, because it promised to be infinitely more scenic than just going through the tunnel, as see here.
This is the Davosersee, so we must be getting into Davos...
...but first, a quick blur through a side-daylit tunnel.
Ah yes, here we are!
And after that the real climb started, up over the Flüelapass to the Engadin.
This church is one half of its hamlet.
There's the other half to the left! So far, so scenic.
Nothing better to make a house feel cozy than to bundle it up in land.
Shortly, serious snowpack.
A spring freshet, fresheting.
Impression of the zebraic landscape looking back down toward Davos.
And then: the hut at the height of the Pass!
Bacteria-tinted thawing pools.
A mysterious disenhoused chimney or ???
More erosional hydrology in action.
It was soothing to be able to look almost straight down out the thin bus doors.
Now time for the tortuous descent.
Whoo-oa! Hold on to yer coffee.
And then, finally, an apparition of the Engadin! I'd recognize those two towers anywhere.
So good to be back in the land of exuberant sgraffito.