19.09.2009 - 19.09.2009 19 °C
This morning we headed off on a hike from Gimmelwald down to the Sefinental Valley. We came across a bridge that crossed a torrential waterfall that had gouged deep holes through the years in the side of the mountain. It now flows deep in the rock and splashes from pool to pool, plunging about 20 feet into a huge cavity beside the bridge to continue its way down to the valley floor. We walked on further to a spot where the locals have a shooting range. Close to this we found a great place for a picnic. A Swiss family had built a small shelter with picnic tables and there was a fire pit with benches around it. There was a sign that basically invited anyone passing by to help themselves and have a picnic. We decided to take the path down to Stechelberg where we catch the cable car up to Gimmelwald. It was only supposed to take an hour (LOL). All in all we walked for about 5 hours in total and made the descent to Stechelberg successfully but it was quite a challenge. These are 'easy' hiking trails! The views were incredible all the way and to look back and up at where we came from was really unbelievable. We saw cows being brought back to Gimmelwald for the winter and it is quite a ceremony - they were all decorated in pine branches and flowers. Everyone of them was wearing a bell and it was quite a sight. We're pretty sure we followed the path where they came from and our shoes show the evidence. Our stay at this B&B has been very enjoyable and we love it when we get the use of a kitchen. Leigh has been cooking up some mean omelettes. Tomorrow morning we leave bright and early for Austria - this should be an awesome trip through the mountains.