The “country sayings trail” starts at the “Köpferkehre“ on the Schwemmberg, where there’s plenty of space to park your car. If you wish to extend the walk somewhat, you can of course start directly in the resort. After around one hour and approx. 300 metres elevation gain you reach the starting point.Starting with the weather lores, therefore clockwise, I head off along the 4.9 km long trail, leading from the Köpferkehre through light forest, with my seven year old son and my eight year old niece. At regular intervals you pass stations, highlighting a weather lore or country saying. I find it very exciting, as I was not aware of many background stories. Like for example, that the “Altweiber” summer“ (old womens‘ summer = Indian summer), has nothing to do with old ladies, but comes from the old German word “weiben“ , a description for the spinning of spiders’ webs. On sunny days in September, the temperatures drop so low in the night, that in the early morning the spiders’ webs are clearly visible due to the dew. The threads glisten in the sunshine like long silver-grey hair. Ancient legends say, that old women lost them whilst combing their hair and the goddess of fate used them for spinning. So old ladies do play a small role when talking about the “old woman’s summer”.The “country sayings trail” offers a total of 26 stations, split into 12 weather lores and 14 weather prognostication days. Whilst weather lores are forecasts connected with the wind, lightning, thunder and prophecies from the animal and plant kingdom, weather prognostication days are all about certain days in the year, which give an indication of the weather ahead for a certain period of time.
At the end of the weather lores stations, we stop for refreshment at the Reitlehenalm. The trout from their own fish pond is really delicious and the cheese dumplings on the next table look very tasty too. After eating, we don’t want to miss a quick visit to the idyllically situated fish pond above the hut.After around 2 ¼ hours walking, at the end of the circular trail at the Jausenstation Habersatt, we treat ourselves to dessert, a quark strudel – you won’t find a tastier one anywhere.I savour the splendid view over the valley by myself, as my young companions can’t wait to visit the petting animals and explore the playground.Martin Steffner is, together with his family, not just the manager of the Jausenstation Habersatt, but at the same time creative source and developer of the “country sayings trail”. So, if you have any questions after your walk, you’re welcome to ask him. On the short way back to the car “modern“ country sayings add to my amusement. The children want to know what I find so funny, but I don’t give them a proper answer. Why? You’ll have to find out for yourself. By the way, the country sayings trail is open all year round. When the snow arrives you just have to put on your snowshoes instead of walking boots. You can rent these from the sports shops in resort. In winter the “country sayings trail” is displayed in quite a different light - a magical experience indeed.
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