Land of Waterfalls
  • Day15

    Thanks for traveling with us...

    July 29 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    Well, friends. All good things must come to an end. Here are our final pictures from our walk to Gimmelwald. We finished our day by going to Hotel Stechelberg, at the end of the valley, for homemade spaghetti, a Greek salad, and, finally, homemade Black Forest cake. Since the next bus would not be there for 40 minutes, we walked a final time in the cool of evening along the Aare River to our home. We said goodbye to all our favorite cows, and we reveled in the sound of the river as we debriefed what we learned during this adventure. Having you all with us gave us great joy. Can’t wait to see you again soon.

    Love you all...feeling blessed.
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  • Day15

    The "Chicken Dance" is universal

    July 29 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 45 °F

    Still hanging out at 11,000 feet enjoying the live music and the folks dancing with great joy. Some Americans taught the Chicken Dance to the crowd. Spontaneous dancing breaks out whenever a new group shows up. And Tim and I have been practicing our new skill learned from our new young friends from New Zealand and Australia...taking a panorama picture slowly so you can be in both parts!Read more

  • Day15

    The last full day...

    July 29 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

    The valley was full of clouds this morning, but we have access to the web cams, and at Schilthorn, the sun was shining. So we are ending the trip the way we started...above 11,000 feet staring at the vista that happens 360 degrees around us. We are without altitude sickness this time, and our pace is slower. We savor hot chocolate and fresh apple muffins in the cafe and slowly take it all in should we never pass this way again.Read more

  • Day14

    Into the caves for shelter from the rain

    July 28 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 61 °F

    Probably a full month's rain fell today bringing the rivers to the banks and the waterfalls overflowing. We got off at the wrong stop from the boat and took a funicular to the top of a very high mountain from which there was no visibility. Then back down to a bus to the caves, which required a 30 minute walk in the pouring reason. Yep...you quessed it. Straight up and then a 20 minute wait in line in the pouring rain. Are you sensing a pattern here? Now we are home recovering before tomorrow. Our last full day in the valley. So sad.Read more

  • Day14

    A great day to be a duck!

    July 28 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 61 °F

    A fresh chicken dog and gelato and we are on our way on an historic paddlewheeler on our way to the caves. The video is of the actual engine at work. In one picture, you can see the person steering the boat guided by someone up above yelling into the tubes.

  • Day14

    The pace has infected us...

    July 28 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 57 °F

    At some point yesterday, a grand scheme was hatched to visit a place known for its beauty and cultural significance in a nearby town. But at 2 am, I awoke and realized that with only a few days left I cannot leave this valley. Our life here happens at walking speed, except for our few failed attempts to go to a big city of say, you know, 5000 people. When we do ride the bus, it is only to Lauterbrunnen, which now feels like a trip to New York, though it has only 2500 people. Even the cog wheel trains into the mountains run on a gear.

    Nothing is fast here in the valley. Nothing is supersized. I cook in our little Swiss sized kitchen with a mini refrigerator and no microwave. If you want bread, you can go to the camping store across the road and order it to be delivered fresh the next day. Across the street, the farmer sells the fresh milk he gets from the cows we visit every day.

    I am already anxious about re- entry. Usually as we approach the end of a vacation, I am anxious to come home. This is the first place I have ever been where I don't want to leave. I told Tim before we left that my greatest fear in coming here was not of the paraglider but that I would never want to leave. That fear had been realized. I am living in the Elven kingdom here.

    So today, as I write this to you with tears I can't explain, I decided to send you pictures of our home away from home.

    You, our friends, our family, are what calls us back to our abode... but in my heart, this is the only home I will ever know ... it took a lifetime to find it.
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