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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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  • 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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  • Day6

    When the rides are free...

    July 20, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    Following another home cooked meal, we made use of our regional pass and unlimited cable car rides to ascend again into the Alps. This time we got off in Mürren and then walked down to Gimmelwald. The air was filled with the sounds of running water, and cows and sheep grazing on the steep hillsides with bells, each species with its own timbre. Since our knees are giving out, we are setting on a bench awaiting the ride down and free bus back to our abode. Goodnight from Switzerland, even though you are eating lunch and it’s yesterday where you are.Read more

  • Day6

    Back on the ground...

    July 20, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    After riding a cable car or two back down to Murren, we rode our first train down to Lauterbrunnen and then caught our first bus back to our home in the hinterlands. Tom said the brunch at the rotating restaurant was still the highlight of the day. My highlight was when I was in a shop in Murren buying socks for hiking. I pointed to the pathway outside the door and asked where I would end up if I kept walking. She looked at me with a straight face and said, "New York?"

    By the by, I have perfected my favorite German phrase. "Sprechen sie English? Meine Deutsch ist sehr schlecht." Do you speak English? My German is very bad. "

    We also watched paragliders on Murren taking off, which we will do Monday. And who could resist these directions?
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  • Day88

    Murren- up in the Alps

    September 13, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    We are now staying for 2 nights up in the Swiss Alps. To reach Murren we travelled first by cablecar then mountain train. Not possible to take the car so we've left it in Lauterbrunnen car park. We then walked to the close by village of Gimmelwald. Neither Murren or Gimmelwald have cars (except for a couple of locals) and are everything you would expect to see in a Swiss Alpine village. Surrounded by snow capped mountains, chilly fresh air, goats & cows ringing their bells and amazing views! to the big 3 peaks- Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau! Snow is forecast for tomorrow! Murren is also where you catch the cable car to Schilthorn- the mountain peak with the restaurant where they filmed James Bond's 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'. Maybe some 007 action awaits us at the top of the Schilthorn??Read more

  • Day13

    About those clothes headed to the US...

    July 27, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 59 °F

    After a quick lunch at home we dragged ourselves out the door this afternoon walking to a bus stop via our trail and then heading up on two cable cars to Murren to watch the sun set. Joke was on us. You can see from the progression of pictures that the sky lowered and then the wind and rain came in with a 20 degree temperature drop. Change in plans! We were in shorts and tshirts. Caught a train in the other direction and took a cable back to Lauterbrunnen. Best thing about the rain disaster was meeting Jayde and Steve, from New Zealand and Australia who are currently vacationing from Hong Kong, where he teaches school. We may have them housesit for us next summer as they want to come to the Pacific Northwest for more adventure. You would love them!Read more

  • Day12

    Free afternoon? No problem.

    July 26, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    After a quick lunch, we took that ten pound box of winter clothing and mailed it back to myself in the states... since it was 95 degrees again. Then to escape the heat, we had this grand plan we would ride a train to the lake and then to the high mountains. Surprise! It was hotter there. So we caught another train back to the end of our little valley and the start of our morning walk. There is a hotel and restaurant in this out if the way place, and we sat outside in the gathering clouds. Wow! Best food I have ever eaten...no joke. Then we hiked home in a gentle rain from there on a new part of the trail by our home. Found another beautiful waterfall tucked away by the trail. I don't normally post pictures of food, but this homemade pesto was unbelievable. Now it is thundering and pouring, coming off the earth. Good night all!Read more

  • Day12

    Murren and Schilthorn

    September 20, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Made weather decision to move on to Murren instead of trying the Jungfraujoch and Eiger.
    Really nice hotel in Murren with great views.
    Did the big Schilthornift from Murren
    Spent 3 hrs on top waiting for clouds to clear, and they did!
    Rotating restaurant and long lunch made the wait easy.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Mürrenbachfall, Muerrenbachfall