Well to get to this peak, we got an 8 am train out of Budapest, then an eight minute connection for a half hour ride to Gyongyos. From there we got a 7 km narrow gauge train which in effect is a tourist train to this town called Matrafured. This was a really cool little town that served as a getaway resort town for Hungarians. Here we had some delicious hot chocolate and then headed for the trail. The book said that the hike was 10 km each way so we thought we were in for quite a day. Turns out it was 10 km round trip, and a pretty easy 10 km at that. Still the journey was quite scenic and included a castle, some beautiful pine forests, and a Soviet Missile silo - no joke.
Ok well we don't know for sure, but that's what we think we found. We were strolling along the path when we came up on this patch of densely planted pine trees - we knew they were planted because all the other trees were not pine trees. And hidden inside the trees were two silo structures with a huge barbed wire fence around it. Not to be hindered, we found a hole in the fence and went inside to investigate. Finding a rusted ladder attached to the silos, we climb up the 40 or so feet to the top and see what we can find. On top there happens to be an unlocked manhole cover. Just as I was about to descend into the silo, Mary thought it might be a bad idea and told me not to. Inside the silo was some liquid that wasn't water. Not sure what it was, we kind of decided to abandon deeper explorations. We haven't started glowing yet, so I think we're safe. Here's a picture of the silo.
After this brief detour, we headed to the top of a little range of hills and we get to the parking lot and I turn to Mary, "I think I've been here before." So it took three hours of hiking for me to realize I had already been on top of this mountain already last semester. It was nice to see it again especially after climbing it ourselves. We had some soup and more hot chocolate on top of Hungary and then headed down. On the way down we stayed away from the missile silo and made it back to Matrafured safely. The tourist train wasn't leaving for an hour so we decided to just walk the tracks halfway back to where we had read about some wine cellars. After four kilometers we were freezing and stuck in the middle of nowhere. The wine cellars were of course closed and we had to wait in a field for the train to stop for us. Luckily it did and we made it back to Matrafured ok. Then half hour wait there, half hour train, another half hour wait, then hour train to Budapest. Exhausting but rewarding day. It seemed pretty normal to me until we sat down with one of my roomates to explain what we did and he kind of gave us an odd look.
Oh I can't forget - Hungarians love their ferrets. Everywhere we go we see ferrets. Sometimes in the park on the island we see ferret conventions with like 20 representatives. This comes to mind because on the train to our hike we saw a couple with two ferrets in a cage. I think they cared more about the ferrets than each other. It's crazy.