A Wizz in the Alps

Trip Start Apr 12, 2008
Trip End Jun 18, 2008

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Sunday, May 4, 2008

<Brian's brief chronological list of "highlights" (and of whinging)>
- Did a 6 hour round trip (most of which was hiking) from Murren to Stechelbach, then the Trummelbach falls, then Lauterbrunnen and then cable car back to Murren. Walking through the forest area with patches of fallen snow and waterfalls was great. One area had a "Danger! Falling stones!" signage with an extra note to "Keep Driving! Don't stop!" which made us feel safe...
- The Trummelbach falls is a huge waterfall that goes through inside of a mountain and some company has kindly provided a concrete staircase that twirls around the side of the mountain to show you the different parts of the waterfall as it makes its way down. There is also a lift that goes up the middle of the mountain which was a life saver! The power of the water smashing its way down the inside of the water was amazing and loud... all attempts to throw Dog Dog down were thwarted.
- Had a healthy meal of 2 min noodles and sausage! Yays!
<Lang's Extended Version>
Boy, what an exhausting day today was!!!
The morning started much the same as yesterday, waking up to a glorious day with views to match and a very filling breakfast. After eating our fill, we decided that we'd hike our way down from Murren to Lauterbrunnen, stopping by the Trummelbach falls on the way..
Well, we managed to do it and it took a good 6 hours total of walking - mainly downhill, through pine forests, next to rivers and streams that still had some melting snow, past waterfalls and lush farmland. The downhill walking sure is bad on the knees and ankles!!
On the way down to Stechelbach, we came across one section of the track which were sign posted with warnings of falling rocks. Great! The funny thing about the signs were that they had written on them 'Danger of falling stones, keep driving, don't stop'.. yes, we revved up our engines and continued our way down the mountain.. =P
About 45 minutes out from the gondola station, Brian couldn't hold it any longer and had to take a wizz .. Thank god for the anti-bacterial gel that I have been carrying along all trip, otherwise ewwww!!! It definitely comes in handy, so don't forget to bring some along anywhere you go!
Anyway, once we reached Stechelbach, the walk was relatively flat and the view was stunning.. You were literally walking in the valley between two giant mountains and in the back; there was another enormous snow covered alp. Everything was so green, the lush meadows were covered in gorgeous white and yellow flowers and there were numerous waterfalls cascading down the slopes.
It took another 45 minutes for us to reach Trummelbach falls, so we paid the 11 Franc entry fee and checked it out. A funicular took you up half way, and you could hear the roar of the water plummeting down into the mountain. 20 000 litres of water per second,   from the Jungfrau, Eiger and Monch, runs through these falls, amazing..
Another 45 minutes took us to our final destination, Lauterbrunnen. We had a quick walk through the town and visited a couple souvenir shops as well as the co-op store and picked up some supplies for dinner tonight. 2 minute noodles with sausages and Chinese cabbage, at least it was much cheaper and some what healthier than fried potatoes and cheese!!
We caught the gondola and train back up to Murren for a much needed rest before cooking dinner and spending the rest of the night reading and relaxing..
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