Switzerland
Trümmelbachfälle

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  • Day8

    Mental preparation begins.

    July 22, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    It is 6 am here, and you are still living in yesterday as I write this, which is mind boggling. Due to the naps, we sat outside and waited for stars to come out last night. The moon is at 79% brightness, so we gave up at 11 p.m. Now I am sitting outside with a cup of coffee listening to birds and waterfalls on a hewn log bench. The sounds of cow bells echo in the hills as they work their way down the slopes to graze. In seven hours we will meet the folks who will guide us down from the Alps in paragliders. From the valley, we will take a cable car back to Murren and hike up about 3/4 of a mile. Then they spread out the chutes one behind another and we strap in. From that point, we simply take turns walking down the steep meadow. The wind and physics take over after that. I am terrified of heights, but this particular event, like swimming with sharks, just captivates my spirit. Here are a few pics from my morning thoughts in the garden of our "home away from home."Read more

  • Day4

    Home sweet home in the Alps

    July 18, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Just sitting here in our home away from home for two weeks staring up the valley we will paraglide into. Outside the chickens are crowing and the owner of this vrbo is working hard on the yard. We have completely unpacked and plan to have this truly be a home away from home. Enjoy the pics. We are walking to the waterfall inside the mountain which is a ten minute walk from here, so maybe more pics tonight.Read more

  • Day4

    A walk by the river in the Alps.

    July 18, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We can cross the street and walk for miles on a path by the Aare River. We watched paragliders land near the cable cars and talked with a mom with three kids from Oakland who were glowing from the experience. The landscape literally gurgles all around us... waterfalls gushing from the rocks around us and the river flowing nearby. The cows walking across the path had just been milked... later the farmer rode his bike carrying fresh pails of milk to the home across the street from us. You can buy it in the mornings fresh!Read more

  • Day5

    The very mountains shook...

    July 19, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Today, after I walked to the campground store across the street for coffee, we traveled 1/4 mile to the entrance to Trammelbach Falls. This is a World UNESCO site and the only waterfall in the world that falls INSIDE a mountain. After a short hike, you enter a cable car type elevator and go up six stories. From there, you hike straight up for four more stories inside the mountain, which is filled with mist and the deafening sound of the rushing water that has carved fantastic formations into the rock. Then you hike ten stories down passing through wet stairs in the center of the cliff and sunny places where the rock has worn through. The very mountain rumbled with the force of the pounding rivers that meet there. Our ten day travel pass was purchased today, so tomorrow we begin adventuring in the Alps. This gets us on almost all buses, trains, cable cars, funiculars and boats for “free”. Next stop “Top of the World”.Read more

  • Day8

    No cash, no problem

    July 22, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    When I didn't have cash for my goods at the campground store across the street, the clerk asked where I was staying. When I said, "Heidi's " she replied, Oh jah, Heidi. Just pay when you have cash." She sent me on my way with the groceries. To kill time before our paraglide, we bussed to Lauterbrunnen and hiked up the iconic Falls there. Had to stop part way up and sing in the tunnel! T minus two hours to flight!Read more

  • Day5

    A day complete...

    July 19, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Since I am having trouble sleeping, I took myself on another river walk while Tim napped. Then a homemade dinner in a kitchen with a view and a meal outside with a view. Yes, there is one in every room. We bought our Bernese-Oberland travel passes which cost an arm, but not the leg, as we then get free travel on all buses, trains, boats, cable cars, etc. Tomorrow we take several cable cars that go right up the face of the cliffs. We plan to spend each day in a new section of the Alps where it is cooler, especially since the new weather report is for high 80's. Please pray the moon is quiet tonight. I really need more than four hours sleep.Read more

  • Day14

    The pace has infected us...

    July 28, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    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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  • Day15

    The last full day...

    July 29, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    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

  • Day20

    Lauterbrunnen. Sleep under 5 waterfalls

    May 8, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Yep, there are five waterfalls in view as we tuck in for the night. This is because this glacial valley has vertical walls over 200 meters high. It's a long way for water and base jumpers to fall. Some waterfalls are INSIDE the mountains, and the Swiss drill tunnels so you can visit them too. Wonderous, but there's more to come...

    This is only half an hour up the road from Interlaken. We stayed in Stechenburg, close to the lifts up to Schilthorn. Walked back from Lauterburnnen , and went to Trummelbach falls.
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Trümmelbachfälle, Trummelbachfalle

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