September 3rd pm.
It had been a marvellous morning with a high level walk in the mountains, but what do we do in the afternoon?
I studied my map and found a local walk, the Tristenau- Rundwanderweg.
This was a circular walk of about 5 km that roughly followed the perimeter of the Pertisau Golf Course. It was almost completely flat but full of interest.
The walk was along the edge of the forest and a completely different type of habitat to the alpine flower meadows. Here we saw several different types of fungi.
One group drew out attention. There were hundreds of balls about 5 cm in diameter, I think they must be some type of Puffball
A few yards further along the path I found some more Willow leaved Gentian. This time they were not only in sunlight but close to the edge of the path . I was able to get a decent picture.
The sunshine had also brought out the butterflies and I spotted a Fritillary, which I think is the Cardinal. Argynnis pandora.
Our walk had taken us almost two hours at a very leisurely pace and ended close to the Karwendel Cable Car Station. nearby was a bar which was part of the outdoor leisureware shop. We decided to stop off for a drink. Our drinks were served to us by a guy dressed in full Austrian costume, lederhosen, socks, the lot. I asked if I could take his photo. He said “Just a minute, I must get my hat” He dashed off to return a few moments later with his hat which sported a huge feather. I took a few photos and we had a good chat ,I called him Heinrich. We would meet again.
That night we went for a walk down to the village for a coffee at the Shale Museum. It was full of youngsters wearing large pointed hats. Were we on a “Harry Potter”film set or at a meeting of the Pertisau Hobgoblins Society. Weird.