May 26: Bodensee to Klosters
Finally, back to my beloved Schweiz.
Here at St. Margrethen, just past the Austrian border along the Rhine, I transferred again to head Alpward, much of the journey being up the Rhine valley.
This threatening sky brought to you by INDOSA.
Cool roofs bro! Interestingly, they appear to be ruled surfaces (constructable by sweeping a straight line through space); maybe that makes it more straightforward to form them.
Hmm, still looking rather ominous out there.
Is that... could it be...
YES! Hoher Kasten! I had missed Hoher Kasten a lot.
A precipitous view up to the distinctive summit.
Welp, see you later!
Oh hi again.
These craggy peaks remind me of the Churfirsten and are in the same general area, but I think they're something different.
One last glimpse of Hoher Kasten. Because it looms right over the flat, open river valley, it's visible for a really long time along the route, which was a delight. ("Gasthaus Bahnhof" rolls off the tongue nicely, doesn't it? Gotta love those trochees.)
That mountain seems to have met its match in that cloud.
And then, a monolith. I like the texture of the seemingly boardform concrete.
This gable is shaped in a Züriesque fashion.
At Buchs, maybe, in which case through this storm of wires you can see Liechtenstein across the river. Liechtenstein seems to be about as tall (in elevation) as it is wide; you can basically see the whole country steeply tipped up toward you along this route. (I just checked and there's an approximately two-mile elevation difference from lowest point to highest there, while the country is about six miles wide. Not enormously far off, actually.)
This looks like a mansion converted into a factory by adding four stories under it. I love it. The whole industrial/alpine scenery along the route is fascinating.
Suddenly, a gabion wall slithered by.
Baroque sky, or Old Testament sky?? Trick question. It's both!
More of Liechtenstein. I'm guessing this is Triesenberg.
An overhanging cliff!! Complete with ruins peeking over, the Wartau castle.
A dramatic rail arc at Sargans.
Just past Bad Ragaz: this is probably a railroad signal, but it sure looks like an abstract expressionist sculpture and/or a Yugoslavian war memorial.
At Landquart, just barely inside Canton Graubünden, I transferred yet again.
Some pretty radical angles down in the, uh, place where you cross under the tracks between platforms, whatever that's called.
Is that a... wall of rain enveloping the mountains in the distance? It can't be, right?
It was seriously windy tho.
Yay, back on the Rhätische Bahn (Rhaetian Railway)!
I dunno, it's starting to get pretty alpy in here!
Finally we arrived in Klosters. I felt right at home among these chalets and that Saab.
This bench's interstitial spaces are a little too wide for posterior comfort or security.