Waterfalls everywhere and the alpine hike of death

Trip Start Jan 19, 2007
Trip End Jul 03, 2007

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

(S) Most of you will say "how the hell did you end up in a tiny little town called Gimmelwald on the top of a mountain?" Well, actually, we ended up in Lauterbrunnen at a nice little campground (which would have been a nice place to camp had we not been in the middle of the Swiss Alps 30 year rain storm - anyone notice a pattern with us and the rain???- so it ended up being a nice little pension with bathroom down the hall). The story goes something like this - I am in South Dakota for 2 weeks last summer on a work trip. I pop into the Barnes and Noble in Sioux Falls one evening before heading to the best restaurant in town, Granite City (seriously, if you're ever in Sioux Falls - go) and buy Rick Steve's Back Door book (yes, we had already started initial discussions about the Great Escape). Ya, back door. Anyway, I read this book over the next few days in my hotel rooms at night and read about this little place up in the mountains called Gimmelwald. It's been on my list of places to go ever since.

After a close encounter of the huge travel argument kind, we ended up in the town below Gimmelwald in the middle of a rain storm. The valley itself was gorgeous, with 72 waterfalls pouring down the mountain to the valley floor. The one above our campground was running brown with mud and rocks and the old-timers were sitting out front talking of armageddon.

The next day we took the tram up the mountain, walked around the quiet village I read about so many months ago in lonely hotel rooms in Huron and Sioux Falls and hiked down the mountain. Kinda made the great escape come full circle.

****These mountain entries and pictures are dedicated, on this Father's Day (cuz that's when I'm writing it), to my dad, who taught me all I know about the outdoors and the mountains and who showed me how to love and respect them.

Sara out
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