On a very cold morning in early February, Mom and I had to board a 7 am flight from Zurich to Amsterdam, the first leg of our trip to our American home. Mom got us up early to get ready for my pre-flight walkies, supposedly a walk around the Apart Hotel or a scamper to pay homage to the famous blue cow at the Zurich Airport Hilton just up the hill.
"If we're going to walk, why not just walk to the airport?" asked Dad.
Yes, you can actually walk to the Zurich Airport: There is a path for dogs, pedestrians, and bicyclists!
Because it was 5 degrees Fahrenheit outside, my cozy Dachshund Delights CoverUp was my only hope of making it to the airport without turning into a doggy popsicle.
The first stretch of the airport path is actually a very big sidewalk, and there was enough snow-covered dirt for me to tend to my morning constitutionals.
The path is kept free of snow and ice at all times.
There is so much signage that one would have to make a special effort to get lost.
The second stretch of the path slinks underneath the freeways...
and over to a special airport entrance...
designed for pedestrians to waltz right in, as we did.
There is also free parking for bicycles. Valet bicycle parking is available on demand for airport guests over the age of 90 traveling with their parents.
There's not much going on at Flughafen Zürich at 5:45 a.m. on a Saturday morning.
We had already checked in the night before...
so we headed straight to the departure gates.
After saying goodbye to Dad, it was time for me to withdraw to my chambers.
As we were going through security, the presence of a fellow doggy traveler made me feel reassured.
I yipped from inside my carrier, but my fellow traveler could not locate the barking source.