Still some way behind, but working on it......!
As August continued, I thought I'd better try running again, to see if I still remembered how to! As it was still very hot, we went out late evenings, generally taking something up to Oberrüti for the foxes (we never saw them, but the offerings were always gone), and trotting back via various routes through the woods. Relaxed, easy running, very pleasant. Once we added in a round of the Biotope, finding the smaller ponds completely dried up, the streams just meagre trickles, and the only wildlife a solitary dragonfly and a couple of ducks.
One afternoon, after a failed errand, we decided to make use of the outing for a walk on Sonnenberg. Leaving the Twike by the restaurant, we walked along the shadier Littau side, down past the old coal mines (just fenced-off holes in the ground, but an information board reveals what a warren of tunnels there was beneath our feet), and continued down the million steps to Renggloch, a deep gorge hidden away at the bottom of the hillside. I'd been there once before, years ago, but had forgotten how impressive it was. Then the long plod back up again, retracing our steps (literally), before taking the alternative way back on the Kriens side. By now it had clouded over, but was very humid and sticky; the flies were a real nuisance. Occasional spits of rain, but nothing serious until we were back at the restaurant, where a sudden thunderous downpour made us take flight from the terrace to finish our drinks indoors, while the poor waiters scurried about outside, hastily clearing tables set for dinner al fresco. There was a beautiful rainbow to make up for it, though.
Another walk a couple of days later. We planned to go to Entlebuch, but trouble with the ticket machine made us miss the train, so we just went to Littau and walked the Emmenuferweg (the trail along the river Emme) to Werthenstein instead, then found its continuation to Wolhusen. This was on the other side of the river, and some way away from it, first up a steep road, then a field path with an ankle-unfriendly sideways slope, and finally through an industrial estate to the station. Not the most interesting of walks, but the longest for some time, at 16.5 kms.
Also in August was that weekend of the ultras, with Gerry, Max, Bev, Yve....... and my friend Lucy - after her London Marathon success, now tackling 30 hilly miles across the Peak District (though minus the giraffe this time.)
Promptly with the move into September, the weather changed, so that day's run (lake, Wagner Museum, school track, Sternegg, Waldrand) was in cold, persistent drizzle. But I prefer that to scorching heat. I passed 3 churches, so was deafened by 3 sets of bells! plus the sound of more bells from the other side of the lake.
The next day, we made another attempt at the Entlebuch walk - successfully this time. This was part of another challenge, devised this time by the 'Schweizer Berghilfe', an organization that helps small (usually mountain) communities with specific projects. If you visit 3 or more of 42 listed projects, you get entered into a prize draw. They cover various enterprises ranging from farm b&bs, little mountain restaurants, craft workshops and dairies, to nature trails and the like. Most of them can be combined with some walking. As with the Isostar challenge last year, I do enjoy having an incentive like this. The 'EnergieErlebnis Entlebuch' was a signposted 14 km trail round various sources of energy in the region. This took us first through the village to a farmhouse with solar panels on its roof, then up into the hills to two wind turbines. These are visible for miles around, and I've long wanted a closer look. They are absolutely enormous! - dwarfing the horses in the field around it.