Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mountain Air

The day we hiked in Switzerland it was an incredibly clear, sunny day.  We had started from our hotel in Lauterbrunnen, taken a gondola up the mountain halfway, and then hiked up further.  Everywhere I turned were beautiful views of green fields sloping down the mountainside, with the snow topped peaks in the distance.  We passed herds of cows and goats, flocks of chickens, fields of wildflowers, and cute Bavarian houses with red geraniums at the windows.  My husband the gardener noted that the Swiss seem cultivate every square inch of land and put flowers everywhere possible.  Nothing is wasted here, and everything is maintained beautifully.

Then we took a gondola down and returned across the valley floor.  These two hikers are our fellow travelers Gary and Roxanne, who kept an impressive pace the whole time.  For me it was a fabulous, tiring way to spend my birthday.

- Linda

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