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Published: October 3rd 2006
If I could design the perfect place on earth it would be the Berner Oberland area, WITH NICE WEATHER! It has everything we dearly love: beautiful lakes, miles and miles of hiking trails, spectacular mountains, quaint villages with charming chalets, beautiful gardens, and delightful people. We love being there and this time we had the luxury of spending an entire month in the area.
We usually stay in Interlaken and use their trains and the Swiss Pass to get around the area. Our chalet flat overlooked the Jungfrau and was near the park in the center of town. The location couldn't have been better. We also spent a week on the hillside overlooking Lake Brienz in the town of Ringgenburg. This is a beautiful little village about a half hour's walk from Interlaken. The walk runs along the lake and the river and is a great way to be in the countryside but still be near Interlaken.
Hiking is our main focus while we are here and we cover the mountains from one end to the other. The various lifts, cablecars, gondolas, cog-wheel trains, and funiculars get us to the high elevations and then we do the hike down.
Ron has coined this "the Monroe method" of hiking.
We tried a few new hikes this trip. A couple were alternative ways down from Kleine Scheidegg which were beautiful and good long trecks. The one we really were looking forward to was the Trift Glacier hike which would take us to the highest and longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Switzerland. This "swinging" bridge would then cross the Trift Glacier and the lake that is at the base of the meltwater from the glacier.
Well, we rode the cablecar way up the mountain to the base of the hike and started the long climb upward. After 45 minutes or so, it got REALLY steep, rocky, and difficult. Without hiking boots and poles we decided to err on the side of caution and try this hike on another visit. Getting down from our turn around point was hard enough and we were only about a third of the way up the mountain. So there are no photos of the bridge or the glacier. However, the part we did was very scenic.
I know there are a lot of photos this time but it is sooooooooooooo hard for me to
edit mountain, lake, and hiking shots of one of our most favorite destinations. (The blog has changed their photo format. Sorry for the extra work to see the caption and a decent size photo.) I still have the big Unspunnen Parade and the Jungfrau Marathon to cover, but that will be the topic of other blogs.
There are also some errors on the route map that I didn't catch. But, once saved it can't be editted.
We are back in the States now and have spent a week in Florida and a week in Indiana. Shortly, we will be heading west on a National Park tour on our way to Arizona. Our plans are to be there until Thanksgiving. After that, we have more plans for more places.
Still enjoying the journey,
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