• Day20

    Mommy, it's Ober!

    September 15, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Our final full day in the Berner Oberland region of Switzerland! And, only two sleeps till we head home.

    As planned (and, no doubt, as my readers would expect) we headed up to catch some more great views of mountains and to get in one final hike. The “up” started with a hair-raising bus ride from Interlaken to Beatenberg, an elevation gain of 570m in less than 10km. The bus driver had nerves of steel as she tore around the switchback corners. From Beatenberg, we rode a cable car up to the Niederhorn (elev. 1950m). Coffee inhaled (not too bad a price given the location) and magnificent views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau admired, we broke out the hiking sticks and headed out on one of the many hikes in the area. As drawn on the tourist maps, the hike down to the mid-station of the cable car (Vorsass, elev. 1580m) looks like a one-hour lovely mountain stroll over mountain pastures with alpine horns and Julie Andrews serenading us down. Ha! While the net elevation drop is about 370m, that does not take into account the beginning climb up about 100m and the many up-and-down scrambles over rocky terrain on the way down. It took two hours to reach the destination. We were feeling quite proud of our descent until we saw a six-year old scrambling up the rocks headed UP as we were panting on our descent. How to feel woefully inadequate! All along the route were wonderful views. For our last Swiss hike, this was an awesome choice (even with the mountain goat children on the trail). A total of 6km in about two hours.

    So, tomorrow we travel to Zurich - a two-hour train ride. I am sorry to leave this region and the Alps; there are still so many more mountains to climb!
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    Charlyne Murphy

    By the sounds of your hiking adventures you both sound like you have the agility of Mountain Goats as well. I half expect you to start bleating ant time now. Your vacations sounded and looked amazing and I’m sure you are a bit sad that it’s coming to an end. Just think though that your next great adventure is just around the corner with lots to do until then, Wedding, leaf raking, Christmas, packing then Bon Voyage. Life can’t get any better than that.