After the leisurely river run, I was really eager to hit the mountains again (whether this was a good decision or not is yet to be determined). We followed the same pattern as the first time and hiked for about an hour, then I ran, then we hiked the rest of the way to the top and hiked back down again.
The views were pretty awesome again.
And I decided to find a new portion of the mountain for my run. Joe couldn’t catch pictures of me this time since I wasn’t running the same stretch over and over but he did manage to get one.
And I found a tiny waterfall/stream and of course had to touch it. It was cold and perfect to pour over my head.
We started our day super early but it was quickly getting VERY hot, with temperatures in the mid-80s even on the mountain. So I was pretty happy when we reached the false summit and only had another 90 minutes to the top!
Luckily, we got to the top and were able to head back down before the sun came out strong and the heat got even crazier. I almost stepped on this guy on the way back down:
I thought he was a rock!
Obviously, the best way to refuel after 5.5 hours of really steep hiking is with Austrian beer. I was a big fan of the local brewery, Huber, and particularly the lighter of their two hefeweizens. Joe liked the Egger, but I think mostly because it was served in giant 1 liter stone steins.
We bought two steins to bring home, Joe got one of the Egger ones he loved so much and I got one with a painting of the town on it. I have a tradition of drinking the local beers when we go on vacation and if we are at the beach, I fill up an empty one with sand from the beach I’m visiting. I’ve got some from the Bahamas, Honduras, Belize, etc. I figured the stein was a pretty good addition to the collection even if there’s no sand!
Do you have any souvenir purchase you always make on vacation?
Or a tradition of always tasting the local food/drinks?