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Chur to Gimmelwald via Zurich & Bern: 5/27/08

            The part of the trip I have really been looking forward to has finally arrived. I am going back to Gimmelwald Switzerland !!

 We left Chur changing trains in Zurich and Bern . Arriving in Interlaken was very different from when Colin and I arrived in a downpour back in June of ’05. Today was a bright sunny but windy day. We jumped on the train that will take us up to Lauterbrunnen and then jump on a bus to Stechelberg where we then get on a cable car that takes us straight up the side of a cliff next to a waterfall. Stepping from the cable car is like stepping out into heaven. Gimmelwald is perched on the edge of cliff high above Stechelberg. One would be hard pressed to find more breathtaking views anywhere else on this planet! We are staying in Hotel Mittaghorn, better knows as “Walters.” This is where Colin and I meet Dave back in 2005 while we were staying up in the loft. Unfortunately the loft has been closed but we have a good sized room that has a balcony with a million dollar view. I found out about this place from watching a Rick Steves travel special and reading about it in his book back in ’04 when planning out my first trip with Colin. Clouds are hanging over the top of the mountains, but we can still see and hear the waterfalls across the valley. The waterfalls are really going compared to when I was here in ‘05, and there is so much more snow up on the mountains. We chatted with Tim (he helps Walter who is 84 run Hotel Mittaghorn). Tim has been working here for the last seven years, he came here from England to paraglide in the summer months; but with each passing year he stays longer and longer. We went out for a quick hike before dinner, I wanted to keep going but looked at my watch and saw that we had a half hour to get back up to Gimmelwald. All the trail signs around here have estimated times on them on how long it will take a person to hike to the destination listed on the sign. The one for Gimmelwad said 30 minutes. I knew I could do it in 20 so I stuck it in high gear and took off up the hill. 17 minutes later I was at the front steps of Walters just in time to cool off a bit before dinner. Here at Walters dinner is quite the occasion, it is either spaghetti or Swiss Chicken; our first night is spaghetti and since we are here four nights we will have both meals twice. Dinner is also fun because you get to talk with all the other guests in the place. This however becomes almost scripted every night; people talk about the same hikes, Rick Steves, but from time to time something new comes up. As my grandmother always says, “Everything tastes better in the mountains!” It is so very true here at Walters, the meals and company are priceless.

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