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Tuesday, 21 August

A much more relaxed start to the day – but it was almost literally helter-skelter once we got going.

The toboggan run at Kandersteg was today’s high octane destination and it didn’t disappoint.

First there was a ride in a gondola-type cable car up to the start of the toboggan run. As we glided skywards, we saw a steel tube snaking down the mountainside among the wild flowers.

“That looks awesome,” seemed to be the general opinion.

We paid for the tickets and the girls were soon zooming down the toboggan run, screaming and laughing, hair flying out behind. Some went down in pairs, whooping and cheering for Samantha who was stationed at a strategic point to capture the moment on her camera.

It was baking hot (as usual) and we needed regular pit stops for sun cream and glugs of water. The girls all had five goes on the toboggan run and before long it seemed, it was well past lunch time.

We wandered down the mountain track to the lake at Oeschinensee and yet another breathtaking view greeted us as we rounded the final bend.

“There’s only one word to describe this holiday and that’s WOW,” said Lauren, summing up what we all felt at the time.

Picnic

We picnicked in the shade of the pine trees on the shores of the lake and later paddled to cool off our boiling hot feet.

The walk back up from the lake was hot and steep but with the promise of an ice-cream at the top, everyone made it in good time.

Clouds started to gather as we set off in the bus and by the time we got back to the chalet, the thunder was rumbling round the valley.

The catering team played a blinder as the storm kept cutting out the power in the kitchen.  But they still managed a three course meal of soup, pasta carbonara and home made peach crumble, despite the challenges.