I have a fever and the only perscription is more cowbell!
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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!
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.
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.
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!