Trip Start Jun 23, 2009
11Trip End Jul 08, 2009
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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 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.