Hiking in the Swiss Alps!!

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Flag of Switzerland  , Zürich,
Sunday, June 26, 2011

 We were all very tired when we woke up and went to the train station. Tom was going to pick us up at a town close to where we would be hiking as he went back to his parents place outside of Luzern the night before. It was a half hour drive up the mountain to where we would take a lift up to the base. Since we didn't get to the lift until 11 we had to wait an hour before we could go (it could only hold 8 people at a time and it was really busy). We passed the time by playing cards at a little cafe. When we finally got on the lift it took us ten minutes to where we would start our hike.

 It was an amazingly gorgeous day with not a cloud to be seen anywhere, perfect day for a hike in the Alps. It started somewhat flat before going up. We crossed a river that had a sign saying if you hear a siren run as fast as you can up the hill because a piece of the glacier had fallen into the lake up the mountain and there would be a tidal wave coming through the valley, yikes!

 We hiked for about an hour before stopping for lunch and it was a good idea because the strap on my (James) backpack broke so it gave me time to fix it up so it would work again. Also Jackie was half dead since it was 30 degrees and her and hiking in hot weather don't mix well, as we found out way back in Chiang Mai, Thailand. After a quick bite to eat we walked until we came to a huge bridge that spanned the valley. It is 110m long and 270m above the river below. We waited until there were fewer people on the bridge to get some pictures. Crossing was fun considering Jackie has a problem with swaying bridges and such. We sat on the otherside for a bit before recrossing it and heading to our final destination, a hut where you can eat and drink. Nothing sounded better than a beer after hiking for 3 hours. The route that we took was very steep and there were chains and ropes in place so that it would help you up the mountain.

 When we got to the hut we could see where we had started and it was amazing to see how far we had climbed in so little time. We had a beer to cool ourselves down before beginning our decent back to the start. Tom and myself decided to go at our own speed which was considerably faster (we ran) than the girls and we made it to the bottom 40 minutes before the them. While we were waiting for the girls Tom wanted to know if I wanted to swim in the river and I said yes. Bad idea considering the temperature was 1-2 degrees because it just came from a glacier. We couldn't go very far in because the current was so strong so we just had to lay down in knee deep water and see how long we could stay in the water. By the time the girls got down we were nearly dry but decided to do it again to get some pictures. We warmed up with another beer while we waited for the lift to bring us back down.

Before heading back to Zurich we went to Tom's parents house for supper just on the other side of the mountain. Their house overlooks a lake and the Alps so it was very nice scenery for the evening. We were fed tons of food and drinks before heading back to Zurich, an awesome way to close out a day of hiking. We left around 9:30 because there would be too much traffic due to the nice weather and that every goes out to the mountains when it gets nice. We thought it would be a quick drive but a 50min drive turned into 2 1/2 hours because some thoughtless civil servant had closed some roads and tunnels for consruction, idiots! (On the way a guy even drove over the sidewalk to get around cars and was then yelled at by a passenger of one car that got out to give him shit; the guy then jerked his car forward at the other guy who was going back to his car. What an ass)
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