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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Day 31: Schliersee

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We started the morning by taking the gondola up to hill. We noticed that there was a slide you could use to get down and asked if our 6 EUR ticket would let us use it. The answer was "Yes!" The place was a little touristy, so we looked around and took a short hike but after hiking in the Swiss alps, hiking anywhere feels really drab and boring, so we did not bag any summits, but did get to a view of the Tergensee, albeit a really abbreviated one that did not look right.
From Tour of the German Speaking Alps 2010
From Tour of the German Speaking Alps 2010

The slide itself was essentially a big plastic tub with wheels mounted so that you could deploy them by pulling on a lever. When you let go of the lever, the wheels retracted and so the plastic tub would create friction and slow you down. You could control the height of the wheels and thereby control your speed. The descent was fun, but definitely not exciting as it looked. Nevertheless, the construction of the slide took us through past a cow field, into a forest, under a bridge, and generally felt like an adventure.

We once again bought a supermarket lunch and ate it by the lake. At the supermarket, I found a 5 EUR SIM card package. We installed it into Lisa's phone, but it didn't appear to work. In Switzerland, it took the better part of a few hours for the SIM to register, so we didn't worry about it.

It started raining, so we went indoors to use the water slide once more. The rest of the day was spent reading, and getting our e-mail, where Chris gave us instructions for entering his apartment. Unlike the previous thunderstorms we had experienced, this rain looked like it was going to be persistent, forcing us to run back to the B&B from dinner.


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