We have had a fantastic long weekend. Did not have much plans for the weekend to begin with, just taking the days and the opportunites as they came. Friday evening we were invited to my bread baking friend for some BBQ. Had a very nice dinner and evening together and got home way later than we expected.
Saturday was slower as we both were still tired from lack of enough sleep hours. Sunday we were invited by our Swiss-German friends for a shorter hike. As usual it is always so beautiful once you get out in the country side. We drove to a place called Wasserfallen-Rigoldswil about 30 minutes outside of Basel.
So pretty right now with so much being in bloom.
We walked up until we reached the ridge. Walking a long the cliff wall and crossing a small wooden bridge. Our Swiss-German friends are the ones who have the dog Chipotle that we have taken care of several times.
I just love the views of the landscape from above. The tiny houses in the valley below, the winding road and a some cows peacfully gracing below.
It is impossible not to love this. Being outside in the fresh air taking in the stunning views, crossing fields with flowers. Our friends also had their Dutch friend visiting over the weekend from Amsterdam.
This is how you do it the Swiss way when it comes to lunch break. You make a fire. There are small natural fire places scatterd all over as you hike.
You need to collect some fire wood and then light your fire. Usually there are branches around nearby. You set up the fire and wait for it to burn down a little before start cooking.
This is it, does not get more Swiss than this. You find a few nice sticks to put you sausage on and cook it over the open fire. What the Swiss typically bring on an outing like this is sausages, some bread, cheese and mustard. You grill a special kind of small but thick sausages that are called Cervelas. This is just as swiss as it possibly can get with a Sunday hike and open air fire lunch.
When it was time to head back. Some of us rented "trotti bikes" as they call them here. A kind of scooter bike with breaks. You stand on them and ride down.
I chose to keep my friend Constanze company as she did not want to ride the trotti bike downhill with little baby E. The two of us therefore took the gondola down. A very nice ride as well. I was not sure I would have dared to go fast downhill on the scooter bike. Since I love to take pictures the gondola ride was perfect and much more preferd for me.
Swiss Sunday with Swiss-German-Dutch friends. Very nice and all that fresh air made me very tired in the best way possible in the evening.