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Published: August 15th 2014
Early morning boat cruise on our favorite lake.
As soon as we arrived, we were told, "It's been raining a lot, too much". The vegetation is a lush, emerald green and beautiful, but the fields are soggy and the trails are somewhat muddy. We feel very fortunate to have had 4 days of partial sunshine amongst all the inclement weather. We have latched on to every sunny moment and have spent it on our favorite trails in the mountains. Even a cloudy day is a good day for a boat trip on one of the lakes. We also know many good trails to walk/hike in the rain. So, we are making the best of it and not letting a bit of wet spoil our good time. The cooler temps are divine! It has been a delightful respite from the Florida heat.
The rain seems to be bringing out the wildlife. We have seen more gemses (Swiss mountain goats) than ever in the past. The marmots (groundhogs) are fat and active. Best of all, we saw our first ptarmigan. It was trekking right below our cable car as we ascended the mountain. The cows seem to be very tired or lazy. They are always laying down. Possibly they have
had enough of the rain also.
Our time here is quickly coming to an end. We celebrated Ron's birthday on his favorite Panoramaweg looking across to the Eiger, the Monch, and the Jungfrau mountains. He couldn't have been in a better place for his birthday. Later, in the afternoon, we went up to Harder Kulm, the town mountain of Interlaken, and had his birthday dinner overlooking Interlaken, Lake Brienze, and Lake Thun.
On Sunday we fly to Poland, to visit Krakow and Zakopane. This trip is a collection of some of our favorite places in Europe and it's going to be a good one - come rain or come shine!
Ramblin' Ron and Pam
PS - There are 2 panorama photos at the top of the blog. You'll have to wait a few moments to see them alternate.
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