The Best of Europe

    Day 1

    Day 1 Saturday September 6, 2003 – Flight from Denver to Frankfurt, Germany

    At 6 AM we got up and were out of the house by 6:45 on our way to pick up Craig and Cindie at Highlands Ranch. We got there at 7:25, packed their luggage in the CR-V...

    Day 2

    Day 2 Sunday September 7, 2003 – Frankfurt, Germany

    We arrived about 45 minutes early (6:45 AM), a fairly easy 8 hour flight from Dallas to Germany. As Germany is 8 hours ahead of Colorado time, we never felt fatigue setting in.

    We went through Passport Control very easily; he...

    Day 3

    Day 3 Monday September 8, 2003 – Baden Baden

    Day began early when the severe thunderstorms with lightning woke us up about 2:30 AM. The chickens across from us did not wake up until late and were no bother. But the thunder and lightning were spectacular.

    By the time we...

    Day 4

    Day 4 Tuesday September 9, 2003 – Engelberg

    Up at 6:30 and we had all the luggage out by 7 AM. Nice day - some blue sky even though the temperatures were in the low 60's. Pleasant.

    We went down for breakfast and it was a real problem. Some people...

    Day 5

    Day 5 Wednesday September 10, 2003 - Engelberg

    With the wake up phone call coming in at 6:30, we were up and at it. The clothes were drying so we chose not to go and dry with the hotel dryer. We were surprised as it had rained most of the...

    Day 6

    Day 6 Thursday September 11, 2003 - Geneva

    5:45 - early, but I wanted to be out early to send emails. The wake-up call came in at 6 AM and our luggage was out by 6:30.

    We had breakfast (usual of bread, jam, cheese, yogurt, cereal and coffee) at the...

    Day 7

    Day 7 Friday September 12, 2003 - Zermatt

    The alarm went off at 6:15, pretty early after our late night in Lausanne. I was ready to send yesterday’s email while Gennie got the suitcases out at 7.

    We went down to breakfast only to find a bottleneck with our whole...

    Day 8

    Day 8 Saturday September 13, 2003 – Zermatt

    The alarm went off at 7:15 and as we thought of the upcoming day we looked out the window and saw the Matterhorn outside our window. About 7:45 the first of the sun’s rays hit the top section. The full moon was...

    Day 9

    Day 9 Sunday September 14, 2003 – St. Moritz

    Alarm at 5:45 and the wake-up call at 6 AM. Suitcase outside the room at 6:20 and breakfast at 6:30. We wanted to use the internet before breakfast but it was on a timer and it would not come on until...

    Day 10

    Day 10 Monday September 15, 2003 - Innsbruck

    We had a later start this morning. At 7:15 the alarm went off and we took our time getting ready and packing the suitcases. I think we made the right decision as people said that at 7:45 there were three groups of...

    Day 11

    Day 11 Tuesday September 16, 2003 - Vienna

    Alarm at 6 AM, luggage out by 6:30 and early breakfast of our usual but with fresh fruit!!! Bus left at 7:30 AM.

    It seems that Jurgen is having more difficulty packing the luggage these days. We then found out that one...

    Day 12

    Day 12 Wednesday September 17, 2003 - Vienna

    At 6:15 the alarm went off and we both were in deep sleep - late nights and early mornings! Breakfast was the best we have had in all of this trip - fresh fruit, great sausage and eggs, and super bread. I...

    Day 13

    Day 13 Thursday September 18, 2003 - Salzburg

    The alarm went off at 5:45 and we were sleeping soundly. We knew we had a tight time schedule so we showered, packed the suitcases and had them out the door at 6:20.

    We went down for breakfast but they were not...

    Day 14

    Day 14 Friday September 19, 2003 - Munich

    It is a good thing we had our alarm set, as the hotel computers were not functioning and no one got a wake up call this morning. We did get up at 5:45 and had our luggage out at 6:20.

    I went...

    Day 15

    Day 15 Saturday September 20, 2003 - Frankfurt

    Today we were on our regular schedule, up at 5:45, luggage out at 6:30 and then supposedly breakfast. There was a huge mix-up and over-booking at the hotel and the breakfast areas were overcrowded with long lines.

    We went into one room,...

    Day 16

    Day 16 Sunday September 21, 2003 – Flight Home

    We had a warm night, our room with the west facing windows cooled down very little during the night. By 3:30 AM I finally put the sheets over my body.

    We got up at the usual time, 5:45, showered and then...

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

Because the three caves can be dangerous to hikers and nonprofessional spelunkers, they are...

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