Soggy Days in Switzerland

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August 15th 2014
Published: August 15th 2014
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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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Waterfall in the cloudsWaterfall in the clouds
Waterfall in the clouds

This was taken from the boat, not from an airplane.
The Lauterbrunnen ValleyThe Lauterbrunnen Valley
The Lauterbrunnen Valley

I never get tired of this view!
The EigerThe Eiger
The Eiger

The cows are very mellow or lazy in this rainy weather.
Gemse and WoodpileGemse and Woodpile
Gemse and Woodpile

One of the many gemses that we saw.
Scanning the EigerScanning the Eiger
Scanning the Eiger

Looking for climbers

16th August 2014

Always interesting....
Hi Pam and Ron...always great to see your travels,Fantastic mountain views...glad your both keeping well enough,to continue your tours. Dont forget me if you ever get to Lutherstadt Wittenberg(but dont come till the end of next year,most of the renovations will be finished then,ready for the 500th anniversary of the reformation) If you know anyone who is thinking of coming to LW over the next year,please tell them that 50% of the city is under wraps......KEPP going...Love the photos...June
17th August 2014
Lake Brienze

Soggy Switzerland
Amazing. Switzerland is on our short list. Hopefully we will get there soon.

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