We owe a big thanks to Stephan working at the new SBB office in Basel. The man performs miracles! After going over our week long itinerary for travel through the very expensive Switzerland, he granted us a promotional offer (that was for residents only) by using the train station’s address as our own! We now had 1/2 fare cards that we bought at a hugely discounted rate allowing us to travel for the price of one person! Thank you also to Pat & Carla for the wedding gift of funding our train ride from Basel to the Alps!
^ A man in a flying squirrel suit “falling with style” pulled open his chute and appeared out of nowhere right in front of us.
We pitched our accommodations for the week at Camp Jungfrau. Then explored the nearby Trummelbach Falls followed by hiking, hiking, and more hiking the rest of the week. Our three favorite trails being Gimmelwald (the good); Grindelwald (the accidental adventure); & Bauchl Lake (the beautiful).
The Good. The route from Gimmelwald > Schiltalp> Murren was picturesque with incredible views. The trail was a steady incline further up the mountain and down through hilly flower filled valleys, past grazing cows, and tiny pig pens. Siobhan had a chance to reenact a scene from her favorite movie. 🙂
The Accidental Adventure. Sometimes I (Richard) over estimate… well, pretty much everything. This day was no exception. We took a train to Grindelwald and set off on a 4hr hiking trail to Kleine Scheidegg. The trail started with a grueling 600 meters of incline. The higher we went the better the views were of the Eiger Mt. North Wall. The trail eventually relented and opted for the more gradual ascent. Despite the workload it was an incredible feeling being immersed in the surrounding natural beauty.
With Kleine Scheidegg, the highest point & end of our trail, in sight we were satisfied with another gorgeous day in the mountains. The 4hr trail only took us 5.5 hrs. Which turned out to be 2 hours too long, as we had missed the last train out of dodge.
This is when wives gives their husband that look/ when husbands realize their own mortality ::gulp:: ::assess the situation:: No train. No taxis. Current time, 8:30pm. Sunset, 10:15pm. Closest train was two towns over with a final departure at 10:30pm. Its a 2.5 hr hike to said town, mostly downhill. We could make it in less than 2hrs right? Sure? If not it would be a further 2hr hike all the way down the mountain to our campsite in pitch black. Headlamps? Check. Off we went.
Despite the frustrations a husband might cause a wife, the adventure and beauty of it all could still put a smile on her face… JK thats 75% a forced smile 🙂
Just past the train tracks and pine trees, down in the valley, the village was in sight! Leaving just enough time to snap some photos at dusk, before continuing quickly down hill.
Through the darkened pine trees we finally arrived to the train with 15 minutes to spare. And the husband was the hero once again!!! Hurray!!!… remember folks, history is shaped by those who write it #justsayin 😉
The Beautiful. With tired legs we opted to take gondolas up from Grindelwald and took a short hike to Bachlee Lake. We picked tiny wild flowers all along the way until we reached the snow surrounded lakes.
The lack of crowds, scenic trails, and eye popping natural beauty, made the Alps our favorite destination thus far. ❤