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Published: July 17th 2019
Alright, another pretty sunny day for me which means I retreated into a canyon for part of it lol. Sun is great, but it's also nice to not always be in blazing sun up in the mountains.
I started things off at Murren this morning for a brilliant view of the Lauterbrunnen valley and a sideview of the 3 biggies (Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau). It becomes quite the journey - train Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, giant cable car up to Grutschalp, then another different little train up to Murren. You can continue all the way up to Schilthorn, but it's a different pass you need and as beautiful as everything is, you can only see so many mountains day after day. Anyway, the cable car is fun - it's huge and it swings when it goes over the towers... and boy is it fun when it swings!
Murren is super cute. I walked around the town for a bit - I will always appreciate all the cute and colourful window shutters and all the lawn/door decorations they seem to love in the mountains. I came across this weird scarecrow thing that was fantastic lol. I also took in some of the
views of the mountains... as one does.
I slowly made my way back down and around the valley to go to the Glacier Canyon just outside of Grindelwald. As much as it was nice to have sun, I also don't want to burn... the canyon was a good fix for that! Looking at it from the outside the water is so vibrant (because of the sun/sky) - it's not as vibrant once you're in the canyon, but it's still beautiful. The canyon itself is quite imposing, you're quite far down inside of it.
I know I say it a lot, but there's just something about listening to the roar of a water current that makes my heart sing - it's so soothing. I spent forever going thru the canyon, stopping here and there, sitting on some benches, taking photos, and all that. It was marvelous. Even better, it wasn't that busy so I didn't have to deal with crowds or people being in photos lol.
You walk through some rock tunnels on the path - it's interesting to see the water drip down from the ceiling (although can be a surprise when you get a drop on
your head!) and the walls are soaked from the runoff.
Another super fun aspect of the canyon? The spiderweb! They built this giant net that you can walk out onto over the canyon - the fact it wasn't busy was perfect because I got to enjoy the net all by myself haha. It's sturdy (ie safe), but you certainly feel it move underneath you and is a bit of an uneasy (but exciting) feeling to it. They have other more extreme things too - like the canyon swing haha (jump off the top of the cliff, kinda bungee jump but in a swing format - if you watched Amazing Race this season, this is where they did it)... I very much did not do the canyon swing lol.
That was pretty much that for today. I'm starting to lose a little steam from all the hiking haha, but I have one more day on my rail pass - I can put my feet up after that!
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