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  • Day13

    Geburtstagsfeier im Berner Oberland

    July 4, 2020 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Der französiche Charme des Unvollkommenen weicht dem Genfer Prunk und Protz. Wir reihen uns am Südufer in eine endlose Schlange überwiegend teurer Fahrzeuge ein. In Thonon-les-Bains haben wir vom Kolonnefahren genug und schwenken in Richtung Morzine nach Süden. Dann geht es über den Pas de Morgins und es öffnet sich der Blick auf die Dents du Midi, die sich zum Fotostopp aber in Wolken verhüllen. Hinab an die Rhone, dann ab Aigle wieder hinauf in den Naturpark Gruyere und an Gstaad vorbei durch das Simmental an den türkis leuchtenden Thuner See.

    In Schwanden (Sigriswil) oberhalb des Thuner Sees endet ein langer Fahrtag. Der Blick vom Balkon unseres Berghotels ist wunderbar, Eiger und Mönch sind zwar vom Rothorn verdeckt, aber die schneebedeckte Jungfrau ist gut zu sehen. Wir treffen Geburtstagskind Vera sowie Willi und Sabine und verbringen einen äußerst lustigen Abend. Natürlich mit Rösti, das es heute auf das Titelbild des Footprints schafft, aber ohne Wally Schneider, die ihr Unterhaltungsprogramm glücklicherweise erst am 8. August zum Besten gibt.
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  • Day3

    50ccm Enduro Stau

    September 7, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    ...abgesehen von dem Umstand WARUM wir hier gefahren sind, wars doch recht spannend und witzig mit dem Moped auch mal Enduro fahren zu können. Ich denk gerade an den Philipp Rhiner, wie das wohl ausgesehen hätte, wenn er heuer den schweren Hänger dabei gehabt hätte. Wahrscheinlich schwer verletzt im Bach. - Danke Markus für die Bilder... war selber zu faul das Handy rauszufriemeln.Read more



  • Day14


    July 5, 2020 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Es ist ein Traumtag. Vera hat eine Wanderung auf das Rothorn herausgesucht. Über 1.000 Höhenmeter und eine Landschaft wie gemalt warten auf uns. Nach 3,5 Stunden stehen wir am Gipfelkreuz, links davon sind Eiger, Mönch und Jungfrau zu sehen. In der anderen Richtung funkelt der Thuner See. Vielleicht ist es an der Ostsee auch schön, dort scheint sich halb Deutschland zu versammeln, sofern man den Nachrichten Glauben schenken mag. Aber ganz ehrlich: Wir würden nicht tauschen wollen.Read more

  • Day3

    Technical Breakdown

    September 7, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    middle of nowhere... A technical Breakdown! So ein Schwein muss man haben. An der Bushaltestelle Marmorsäge hatte Chris eine Panne.

    Der Roman hat uns geholfen und hat obendrein noch eine komplette Mopedwerkstatt in seinem Haus an der gegenüberliegenden Straßenseite.

    Nachdem wirklich alles gecheckt wurde sind wir draufgekommen dass es nur noch die Zündspule sein kann.

    Roman hat uns dann etwa nach einer Stunde ins nächstgelegene Restaurant gefahren.

    Besten Dank an dieser Stelle!
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  • Day9

    The ten pound box and Grindelwald 2.0

    July 23, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    About that go cart/bike trip. It was low to the ground and required getting out and pushing at flat spots. Not good for a guy with a bad hip, so Tim put himself on injured reserve and declined. Then I noted that the brakes were on the handles and I have a bad trigger finger on one hand, so I wisely, I think, joined him on that list. But we thought you might enjoy a few more pics, and what’s not to love about cows⛰. Oh, the box... I packed winter clothes for the mountain peaks as well as long sleeved shirts. They are currently in a level 3 heat wave. So I packed about ten pounds of not needed clothes and am shipping home.Read more

    Lois Reed

    I went to Austria when I was 11 or 12. We stayed up in the mountains in a little village of Saalbach. We were there in the summer. It looked very similar, beautiful.

    Char Seawell

    So glad this brought back good memories!

    Allison Thompson

    These amazing shots make me want to start singing “The Hills Are Alive”!

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  • Day11

    Maybe it was revenge...

    July 25, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 50 °F

    It occurred to me that perhaps my paragliding instructor suggested this :easy waterfall hike" in the woods as revenge for ruining his perfect take off stats. Or maybe it was that at several thousand feet in the air, everything looked a lot flatter. For we climbed straight up the road and then through a "short cut" through a farmer's field which was straight up, and then through the woods straight up. Among the way Tim acquired a hiking partner of the feline variety. We left the cat behind after crossing through a cow meadow, but then upon our return(we gave up before the falls as we had been taking that short hike for two hours), here came the cat up the trail to join us for the hike out. Then we met a lovely Swiss couple on holiday who invited us to their home in the mountains for coffee and homemade bread. We were told by our hosts, Andy and Marianne of Zurich, that a "short hike" to the Swiss starts a one hour. Good to know since our total hiking time was over three hours... in the heat.Read more

    Janine Goldin

    I am awestruck by the beauty and by your endurance!!❤️

    Lois Reed

    The cat looks content.

    Lois Reed

    Nice they have benches.

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  • Day15

    Thanks for traveling with us...

    July 29, 2019 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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    Suzanne Fowler

    How to express overjoyed? Beam you up! Follow the invisible string. ..G/J

    Lois Reed

    What a wonderful trip you have had. What a memory.

    Janine Goldin

    Thank you for sharing your journey. Every day As I’ve read your messages I have wanted to break out in song-can’t decide between “the Sound of Music” and “For the beauty of the earth”!! I, for one, am happy you decided to come home!!❤️❤️

  • Day10

    The narrow canyon of the Aare River

    July 24, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

    After arriving in Brienz and departing the boat, we saw a train for Meiringen was leaving in two minutes, so we spontaneously jumped onboard. Then we saw that we were close to the Aare River gorge. Close a relative... it actually was about an hour walk in the heat. Finally we were there, and we trekked through a blissfully cool tunnel carved in stone for the next two hours. Along the way, we walked unto platforms suspended about the river, grateful for the respite given between the canyon walls. At the end, we trekked again down a hillside in the 95 degree heat. At the bottom, there was actually a metal door that opened only when the train arrived. This little important piece of information cost us dearly in the heat of the previous hours. We were actually about two minutes from this gorge by train when we started walking. The funny thing is I said to Tim, “Let’s have an easy lake day!” Sixteen hours later we have arrived home. Whew!Read more

    Lois Reed

    What a trip your having! Fantastic! The pictures are beautiful. Every morning I get up to the next day of pictures. Could you just stay there forever and provide me with constant entertainment?

    Char Seawell

    You bet, Lois. Can you feed the cats?

    Lois Reed

    Sure. They won't mind me driving with a broken leg. LOL

  • Day16

    Interlaken Air BnB

    December 23, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 37 °F

    Arrived at my Air BnB. I booked it for four days. This will give me a home base over Christmas and a place to eat if everything else is closed. Plus there is a laundry which is a plus. My sink washing is getting good but a washer will do better on my pants.

    Santa even left me a gift to open! I am one happy traveler.
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    Adel Welty

    That’s REALLY cool!........ what nice AirBnB people! Nice pad too!

    Pam Welty

    I agree. Feels warm and cozy.

    Marc Scheulin

    Lay down in the bed, open the curtains and get a good picture of the view. That is the view from the sidewalk of you laying on your bed.

  • Day8

    The blooper video

    July 22, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 68 °F

    Just walked back on the trail after our paraglide landing down the road from our home. Boy, ice cream never tasted so good. No pictures yet, but here’s the scoop. Leaving the cable car in Mürren, we hiked up a steep hillside to the launch area. Tim and his instructor had a flawless take off. I assured Buzz, my instructor, that I would follow all instructions and obviously had misunderstood one, so instead of launching we veered, got tangled up with each other and all the lines, and rolled down the meadow we had just. Climbed. But then we had a great take off for the 2nd attempt.

    The winds were good and we floated, rising up and down, turning in tight swirls and slow circles. You fly over the tops of huge trees and along granite cliffs, past waterfalls and in sight of glaciers. It is like being a human drone. Buzz let me fly it for awhile...so beautiful.

    I rate this experience even higher than swimming with Sharks. Unbelievable! Photos and video when we return!
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    Suzanne Fowler

    Hurray hurray hurray!


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