“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
― John Muir,
The rain didn’t happen as forecasted, so instead, the Großglockner-Hochalpenstraße happened… along with some peculiar things along the way.
The Großglockner High Alpine Road (in German Großglockner-Hochalpenstraße), named after the Großglockner, Austria’s highest mountain, is the highest surfaced mountain pass road in Austria. It connects Bruck in the state of Salzburg with Heiligenblut in Carinthia via Fuscher Törl and Hochtor Pass at 2,504 m, complete with more than 20 hairpin curves and fantastic viewpoints along the way. My family and I had a pit stop at the very very top, aka. the Edelweißspitze viewpoint, which offered a panoramic view over the Pasterze Glacier, the Großglockner massif, the Glocknerwand, and the Johannisberg in the northwest. This definitely was my favourite section of the 360° majestic mountainscape — so calm in colours, yet aggressive in presence.
We faced a cold grey afternoon with a dull sky full of dark and swiftly migrating clouds, threatening rain and a wind which definitely made its presence known up there, sighing and thrashing in the mountain tops.
Der Glockner ruft! (The Glockner calls!)
We didn’t have many cars accompany us during the drive up to the top, but what we unexpectedly had were hundreds of Oldtimer tractors sharing the roads with us! We were confused and definitely amused — especially so when we drove past the tractors, waved at them and the drivers, which came from a total of 11 EU nations (GBR was present too, though), waved back. 🙂 Dad was most excited because of his past as a farmer and his inevitable need for tractors — he could accurately name almost every single tractor we saw, down to their model number! Conversations with one of the many bikers who make frequent trips up this route led us to find out that the world’s biggest tractor meet-up is happening right here tomorrow and the tractor owners were just checking out the path today.
On the way down, we were met with other surprises: free roaming sheep — which Mum and Sis tried to feed and with which Dad had a MEHHHH-ing competition! (Look, they stick their tongue out when they bleat!) They were visibly uncomfortable, constantly roughly rubbing themselves against the wooden table-bench sets in the area. Dad told us that their wool had grown too long this Summer and the lack of hygiene could have caused bacterial or even fungal growth on their skin beneath. 😦
Further down the mountain, we stopped at a ‘sea of rocks’ and took a remake of a shot my parents made the last time they were here alone, and subsequently also disembarked our car once more near the Wildpark where took hilarious shots that still make me giggle as I’m typing this out — this shot of Mum has the potential of pushing me to the point of stitches!
& several live webcams installed along the Großglocker High Alpine Road.