Early morning view from our room at Sportspension Carinthia in Solden, deep in the Oetz Valley (Oetztal).

Hiking above the town.

Trail cuts between two pastures.

Looking down the Oetz Valley.

Farm buildings of Hochsolden.

Looking up the valley with the town of Solden far below.

Alpine road on a cool August day.

Enjoying our afternoon hike.

Cowbells add to the ambiance as we follow the trail through several pastures.

When Austrian cows get tired of grazing on steep mountainsides, they hang out along the trails and watch the hikers go by.

Small wooden sheds are scattered throughout the Alpine pastures.

Pleasant Austrian afternoon.

On the way back to Hochsolden.

Hiking above the village of Vent on the following morning.

At an elevation of 8000 feet and with an unusually cold weather pattern, we are dressed for winter weather.

Looking back down the Oetz Valley (towards Solden).

Austrian glaciers near the border with Italy.

Approaching the Breslauer Mountain Hut.

Enjoying the rugged Alpine scenery of Tyrol, Austria.

Sheep rest in a high-altitude meadow above Vent.

Trail heading back to Vent.

Looking back at Vent as we hike to our hotel for the night.

Along the trail.

Approaching Gasthof Gaierwallihof, where we enjoy some of the best food of our trip.