it is wonderful to have the opportunity to flee the city and all the familiar surroundings for a couple days. and as it happened naomi is still in boston with our friends, we were just 5 people, and that's possible to fit in one camper van. not too much planning went into this trip, it was a rather, lets go! adventure, and so we went. joel had to work, but we picked him up at the evening of our first day on the road, it worked out fine and we went on together. thun, spiez, aareschlucht, the night turned out to be great for some of us and not much sleep at all for others... we will get used to the camper.
on we went, not really as we had in mind, as the triftbahn was not anymore a possibility, we would have had to make reservations, as it turned out we didn't...
on we go to the next good looking adventure, gelmerbahn, the same here. no we were not discouraged, we took to hiking... and it was a nice 1.5h hike, not super hot as we were still beneath the tree line. up toward the grimsel dam.
some of us took a closer look at the dam and the technicalities of it, i enjoyed the visit at the galerie, "an der Grimsel"
there were many more places and moments, not all of them reported, but a few more highlights. the "goms-brücke", was worth a stop. it was not planned but super exciting to see and walk on this hanging bridge.
we stayed in brig for a night, and had to let joel go home, as he had to be at work again...
brig was discovered on foot and we had a good time in the park of the "stockalperpalast". and then the next day was again through the goms valley, i took a liking to this part of our trip. it's very calm and just plain pretty with all it's old wooden houses and small scale fields.
we climbed up to the furka pass. up there, with breath taking vistas a bit away from the crowds we sat down surrounded by flowers and ate our picnic lunch.
on the other side down to hospental and altdorf for one more nights stay. the mountains are just so wonderful and mighty on this side of the gotthard. we all liked the closeness of those big mountains and in particular as we were meeting lake lucerne in the canton of uri, it's spectacular. the road is hewn into the rock, with lots of little and larger tunnels, it's called axenstrasse, (there is the old-axenstrasse, which can be used still by bike or on foot.
and then enjoying breakfast on lake lucerne in the little city of brunnen, just a picnic breakfast but lovely to sit there at the lake and look into the mountains. of course a visit at the victorinox-museum was enjoyed by all.
and then home to winterthur, clean up and enjoying the real bed again...