From one weekend to another. From valleys to peaks. Peaks being the major theme of last weekend. We went to Grindelwald located Berner-Oberland making up the central parts of Switzerland.
Spent the weekend here with our Swiss-German friends who's family has a cabin here. Pictured above you got the actual view from the porch of the cabin. Pretty spectacular right?
Pretty flowers blooming and goats as well as cows grazing the slopes of the alps. These goats with long hair looked cute.
Waterfalls, snow capped peaks, misty veils of clouds floating by. It is as if you stepped into a fairy tale world.
Deep canyons cutting through the mountain walls. Narrow trails following the edge of the mountain slope. Yes, a little nerve wrecking sometimes when walking close to the edge. As you see there is a rail here for protection anyway.
The hikes we made were not a walk in the park. They required quite some effort. We would climb about a 1000 meters in 2-3 hours. Meaning we walked on some pretty steep trails up hill for a couple of hours beginning each of the hikes. Total walking distance would be 4-5 hours each day. If you are not that used to the height endurance performance does take you out of breath a little.
A and C are real Swiss mountain goats. Their sweet baby girl is already being introduced to hikes. She is only 8 weeks old but C carries her a long. She has her baby girl in front of her, a pack back on her back and Chipotle the dog on the leash by her side. That is impressive and strong.
We actually reached the snow and even had to cross this pretty hairy snow ledge. We let the dog cross first here to see if his weight would hold which it did and then we hurried over each one at the time. I would say this was the part of the hike that made me the most nervous.
But as you reach higher and higher each step of effort is so rewarding. There are many nice moments to enjoy such as a break and a quick nap in the soft grass. A light lunch break enjoying the views.
I quickly fell in love with both the hiking as well as the landscape. I feel so lucky to be able to live and experience one of the worlds most beautiful counties.
From the little train station we took the train downhill that dropped us of in Grindelwald village.