Here are a couple of shots from a recent hike to “Jakoberalm” – one of Lungau’s, if not Austria’s, most beautiful hiking spots. We had a big group of 18 – joining our volunteers up with a group from the Hapimag (one of the local hotels) for a lovely sunny day in the mountains.
We sat and picnicked in this natural open-air theatre at the foot of Mosermandl (2680m), watching a group of 25 chamois and their kids frolicking over the snow fields. We also stopped at the Tonimörtlhütte (Weisspriach) Alm where, throughout the summer months, Jakob and Maria are always on hand to summon up something truly mouth-watering.
In the pictures you can see a traditional Austrian ‘Jause’ (above), which is a selection of local meats, cheeses and butters – almost always produced on site in the Alm (those pigs aren’t just for show, you know!). The other dish, below, is Kaiserschmarrn – literally ‘Emperor’s rubbish’ – which is a bit like chopped up pancakes dusted with icing sugar… To die for!!
Believe it or not, Jakob and Maria are both in their 80s, but they aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. They still serve weary hikers through the window of their mountain hut, which has led to us, completely unjustly, calling it the “McAlm drive”!
Of course it’s way better…