Trip Start Sep 13, 2007
Trip End Nov 06, 2007

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Matratzenlager Stocki

Flag of Switzerland  , Swiss Alps,
Saturday, September 22, 2007

 Aww, Switzerland!  I love the Alps!  I am so glad we made it to Switzerland and the Berner Oberland! God blessed us with the most beautiful day!  It was sunny with crystal clear skies!  The fresh mountain air made me want to take a breath and hold it in forever! From Interlockin we caught a mountain train up to Lauterbrunnen where we stayed in a hostel run by a friendly elderly women.   Walking around the small town never have I seen such vast beauty!  The sight of the Swiss mountains left our jaws hanging wide open as we tried to whisper, "!"  I can't get over it!  With no cars, a required mountain train and gondola rides to many of the little cities, the place remains small, with extraordinary views.  The following day we took the gondola up to Murren and Gimmelwald. At the first town, Murren we met a very rude attendant.  We couldn't figure out the payment system or what we needed to get us to where we wanted to go and she was not in the mood to help us.  After guessing and paying more than we should have, we flew up the gondola to Gimmelwald and hiked up the road to the little village.   
"If heaven isn't what it's cracked up to be send me back to Gimmelwald!" Heidi's  proclaimed residence.   The community exists of 100 generational farmers. The area is protected by an avalanche zone which guarantees that the number of citizens living there will remain small.  The town's people raise cattle high up in the Alps, grazing on green mountain grass, which produces the freshest milk I've ever tasted!  I'm speechless, hopelessly in love, never have I seen something so breathtaking!  Snow capped mountains, small cottages, lush grass, cows, goats, gondolas, scenic trains, and crystal cold water, Gimmelwald has it all and now it has my heart too!
Taking a little detour off the main trail through the Alps, we hiked up to a waterfall and got "high" in the Alps! The day was perfectly clear and in the fresh cool mountain air we caught just a hint of sunburn to remind us of the pat I gave to a friendly goat, the smoothest milk and chocolate I've ever tasted and the parade of the cows clanging their bells through the streets of the small town!  The leaping goats and the mountains call you to come and play!      
   We shared our hostel with a young man from Japan our first night and was joined by two girls from Korea the and a gentleman from England, the following night.  We all made dinner and ate it together. Tomorrow we will go on a boat cruise around the icy green waters of Interlockin. 
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