Gallery: June 27 — Urnäsch to Schwägalp

Shots from a hike from the town of Urnäsch up to the Schwägalp pass, which connects Appenzell to the Toggenburg region and is also linked by cablecar to the imposing peak of Säntis.

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This is actually a house near Appenzell station, with quite the trim colors.

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Urnäsch: peachy.

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Gasthaus-Metzgerei Taube (Dove Inn/Butcher-Shop)! Nice.

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Farmhouse along the trail just outside town.

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This tree got a little too stout for its own good, I guess.

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Big ol' engine of some sort on display by the trail.

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Kindling.

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House being renovated. Note the especially large windwall on the south side.

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Here's an area of wall that would usually be covered up; it looks like the projecting beams might have been cut back flush with the wall, but I'm not sure.

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The Swiss have all kinds of awesome tiny earth-moving equipment.

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Another example.

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Lunch spot.

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Curious rock configuration — given the electric fence running along it, I guess maybe it's manmade (a long time ago), but it's hard to tell.

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Warm cows! (It should read "Küche" — you can actually see the ghost of the "c" there still.)

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This hotel is called the Rossfall (Horsefall) because a horse fell into a nearby falls a long time ago. I forget the rest of the story.

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Topogoats; topocows.

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There was this whole ravine area full of ruddy Nagelfluh.

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More ravine.

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Precipitous farm.

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Stone wall — this is in an area of high seasonal farming settlements (an Alp).

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Here's some goofball eating an apple on the trail. (What is that white thing just up the trail?)

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If you look closely you can see that this whole hillside is cow-terraced.

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Two cablecars passing each other on the way up to/down from Säntis.

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Bravura brickery, back in Urnäsch, I think.

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Haze crepuscules.