Day seven- High Alpine Road and The Grossglockner (Highest Mountain in Austria)
After our usual Austrian breakfast (putting on the pounds people!) we departed, via the High Alpine Road, to see the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner (translated "the Big Bell"). As much as I would love to describe the beauty of the road that we took through the mountains to get to the Grossglockner, unfortunately my writing skills are much too insufficient to describe such spectacular views (plus it's more effective to let the photos do the talking). I will however say, that if you have the chance to visit this area, it will no doubt take your breath away. After our arrival at the highest point accessible, we were lucky to see the two things that the Grossglockner is famous for: wild mountain goats and groundhogs. Both of which are funny little creatures. Mountain goats don't do much except eat and sleep while groundhogs are more animated and actually show off their fighting skills to the onlookers. Either way it was an amazing experience to be literally on top of the world...okay well maybe just on top of Austria, but you know....
Day eight- Outdoor Spa in Lienz and Lounging Around the Motor-home
Day eight was mostly a day of relaxation and lazing around. In the morning (yes after our usual Austrian breakfast) we went to a town called Lienz (about a 15 minute drive from our Motor-home camp ground) where we spent the majority of our day lounging around in "Dolomitenbad": an outdoor spa with numerous pools surrounded by beautiful nature and mountains. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures from the day so instead I will provide a picture of our camp ground for your viewing pleasure :-)
Day nine- Alpine Horseback Riding!!!
Today was by far my favourite day of our trip thus far!!! About five minutes from the camp ground where we were stationed we discovered some horse stables. After much inquiry, we were happy to learn that the stables offer private alpine horseback riding tours through the surrounding mountains. Needless to say I was THRILLED!!! (I love horses and horseback riding, even though I don't get many opportunities to do it). Anyway, we schedules a two-hour tour for the morning and I am happy to report that it was-FABULOUS!!! I rode a horse named Moritz, who much like myself, was an eater (he stopped at every square inch of grass to munch something). I didn't mind the challenge, the scenery, especially on horseback was incredible. The two hours passes very quickly and even though all of our arses were rather numb after the experience, I think it's safe to say that we all had a fabulous time! Unfortunately I don't remember too much more from the rest of the day as all else was over-shadowed by our amazing horseback ride! (I do remember eating some more delicious Austrian food however :-)