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My first look at Lauterbrunnen

Today was my first real day exploring the Berner Oberland region. The sun was out so that was a great start. I took a 20 minute train to Lauterbrunnen and walked around the town towards the (Trum) falls. It's an enclosed waterfall within the mountain. You get to it by taking a funicular halfway up and then walk through caves to see the rest of the falls. It's pretty neat but you get wet from the spray. I took a few pictures but they really don't do it justice. On the way there, I had past a few cows and heard my first ever authentic cowbell. YAY!

After that I continued onto another town where you can take a gondola up to Gimmelwald and Murren.

Inside the waterfall caves
Since I had read lots about Gimmelwald thanks to Rick Steves, I decided to check it out. I'm sure a lot of people like it, but to me it was just a few houses and not much more. I was there for about 20 minutes, long enough to check out the Mountain Hostel and its hot tub. It seemed like a bunch of 18 year olds running around in their bikinis and the hot tub was a lot smaller than I thought and not the place you'd want to hop into without knowing everyone else in it (or I guess you'd get to know them very quickly!).

So off I went on the 50 minute uphill trek to Murren. It was a very nice hike, with the road winding along a couple small farms with cows. The town is much bigger than Gimmelwald but smaller than Lauterbrunnen. It had a lot of chalet type buildings and homes, a few restaurants and souvenir shops. I was still feeling energetic so I figured I'd walk the 2 hour long hike down the mountain from Murren to Lauterbrunnen.

Part of the "|path|
Now I think I'm a pretty smart person, but sometimes I have really bad ideas, this being one of them. The sky had started to become quite cloudy and about 5 minutes into the walk (where I walked right past the train station that would have taken me down to Lauterbrunnen) it started to rain very lightly. I figured that was nothing and I'd continue on. About 15 minutes in, it was rainy pretty steadily but by this point I didn't want to walk back up the hill. Plus, the path way was paved and looked rather easy.

Then the pathway turned into a "path" ... also know as rocks, roots, leaves and mud.

On I walked for 1 hour and 40 minutes. I kept thinking that there's no way there's bears in Switzerland and just in case I decided to sing along with my ipod. It's a good thing I didn't meet a single person on the trek since they would have thought I was crazy and my singing must have been bad since it kept all the bears and any other wildlife away! :)

After what seemed like FOREVER and after pledging that I would never hike down a wet, slippery mountain by myself again, I made it to Lauterbrunnen.

The sign that means I'm not lost! YAY!
As a reward for my bravery, I bought myself my very own Swiss Army knife. I didn't realize this before, but there are tons of different kinds. I went with a very fitting one: knife, corkscrew and bottle opener. It might not help me if I'm stuck in the woods with nothing else, but it will if I'm stuck in the woods alone and I need to open a bottle of wine :)

I switched hostels from Funny Farm to Balmers today and I'm glad I did. This place has a kitchen and has a much better atmosphere. I cooked my own supper (such a treat) and watched the Italy vs. Netherlands soccer game with a bunch of fun people. I met a guy from California that's going to do a hike with me tomorrow so I won't be going alone. He said he wanted to do a 7 hour hike but then when I told him what the elevation gains are like, he said he'd go for something shorter haha

So all in all, today was good. I got a good hike in, saw some cows with cowbells and didn't kill myself on the hike down the mountain!

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My first look at Lauterbrunnen
My first look at Lauterbrunnen
Inside the waterfall caves
Inside the waterfall caves
Part of the |path|
Part of the "|path|
The sign that means Im not lost! …
The sign that means I'm not lost!…
one of the signs for the many wate…
one of the signs for the many wat…
photo by: sherryshakarob