Alpine Holiday

Trip Start Jun 23, 2009
Trip End Jul 08, 2009

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Flag of Switzerland  , Swiss Alps,
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Last night we got pictures to upload and now we have to edit them so we can publish them.  The battery was running low in the middle of the upload, so Chuck found an outlet on the outside of the building next door.  We have to sit outside to get internet service.  When we were done uploading, we unplugged the power supply, but couldn't get the adapter out of the outlet.  Finally, Chuck got it out with a knife, but cut his finger in the process!  We had a great dinner with chicken breast from the butcher, pasta with red sauce, salad and fresh bread.  After dinner we played cards and went to bed.

This morning we had breakfast and then took the train and cable car to the valley in Lauterbrunnen.  We walked through town and then kept going on the outskirts of the village.  We saw small farms with farmers cutting hay with a cythe and turning the hay with a small tractor (Noel is bringing the technology back to Toro).  We kept walking and suddenly a parachuter was right on top of us and landed right next to us.  It turns out there were a bunch of guys who were base jumping off of the mountain.  They have to be absolutely nuts, but it was neat to watch.  We talked to them and they said it was their second jump of the day and sometimes they do four to five jumps in a day.  We kept going and saw a farm with some goats.  Noel was petting a goat and asked if I was going to pet one.  I did, and suddenly the goat and I jumped at the same time due to my unfortunate electrocution.  I didn't think Noel would suggest I pet the goat if the fence was electric, but I was wrong.

We got to Trummelbach Falls and went on a tour.  This is the only outlet for the Eiger, Munch and Jungfrauch peaks.  There were ten chutes in the mountain.  We took a funicular up into the mountain and climbed stairs up to see the falls.  I couldn't go very far due to fear of heights with drop off edges.  I sat and waited while Chuck and Noel looked.  While I waited a woman who didn't speak English opened a plastic container and offered me some shortcake.  After hiking to the falls for about an hour, we were pretty hot.  As soon as we entered the falls it was freezing.  The water comes from the glaciers at the top of the mountains, and a sign said the water was 2 degrees celsius.  There was damp rock and mist all around.

We took a bus back to town and had a late lunch of traditional Swiss Fondue at the restaurant that our innkeeper Denise had recommended.  It started with a small salad which was excellent and very cute!  Then we got potatoes and bread to dip in the hot cheese.  We were stuffed.  Our waitress, who must have misplaced her deoderant, asked if we wanted dessert.  No way!  We picked up some souvenirs, including a swiss watch for Noel and headed back to Murren.

When we got back we went to the post office to mail some packages back home.  The woman at the post office must have been related to the one in Interlaken, because she was a crab!  Now we're sitting on our bench outside the chalet and it's starting to rain.  We've had excellent weather the whole time we've been gone.

We've been walking 9 to 10 miles a day, but we've made up for it with the great food we've been eating.

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