Bernese Oberland

 

We spent three glorious days in the Bernese Oberland - we had a good amount of rain and clouds, but we managed to eeek out a few great hikes when the weather was clear. Rather than rattle on about the minutiae of the day-to-day, here are just some highlights of our time there followed by a ridiculous amount of photos. Enjoy!

  • Apparently Meghan and I curse like sailors when we get overwhelmed by beauty. At one point we were taking in a stunning view and a butterfly fluttered across our view and we freakin lost it.
  • During the very cheesy presentation at the Callier Chocolate factory, they had a cow named Gwendolyn talk about her contribution to the chocolate-making process. During it, she referred to the other cows as her 'colleagues'. Obviously we latched onto this, never let it go, and proceeded to give our regards to 'Gwendolyn's colleagues' in the Oberland
  • One of our cable cars was FULL of adorable old asian women rattling loudly. As they filed out the last and tiniest one turned to us, shook her head, and said 'SO noisy!'
  • The cow all wear different size bells - large, extra large, extra super large, and extra super duper large. These suckers echo like crazy. It's like a chorus of cows everywhere you go
  • The weather in the mountains changes at any given sneeze. When a fellow hiker runs past you constantly looking over there shoulder at an approaching storm, you should follow suite
  • This video. I can't get over 0:58
  • Thunder is extra scary and echo-y in the mountains
  • 'Can you hear the croissants?' is a perfectly reasonable thing to say when your trying to finish your morning hike before the hotel stops serving breakfast
  • If you take the cable car from First to Grindelwald, do not get off the car when you reach the first transit hut. People will laugh at you. Also, do not get off the car when you reach the second transit hut. People will laugh at you harder.
A glimpse of Lauterbrunnen on our way up the Mountains

A glimpse of Lauterbrunnen on our way up the Mountains

Part of my collection of photos of old men

Part of my collection of photos of old men

Our view from the hotel. It's okay if you're into that sort of thing

Our view from the hotel. It's okay if you're into that sort of thing

Kitty! You should have seen me scramble for this stupid picture

Kitty! You should have seen me scramble for this stupid picture

Cable car up to start our hike in Männlichen

Cable car up to start our hike in Männlichen

The most swiss thing that ever happened

The most swiss thing that ever happened

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The second most Swiss thing that ever happened

The second most Swiss thing that ever happened

 
Giant Switzerland Bumble bees!

Giant Switzerland Bumble bees!

Day 2 - On our way to the Mürren - Lauterbrunnen hike. 

Day 2 - On our way to the Mürren - Lauterbrunnen hike. 

Meghan's crafty camera-poncho made out of sanitary bags and rubber bands

Meghan's crafty camera-poncho made out of sanitary bags and rubber bands

Roe deer

Roe deer

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Hiking in the  Gindlewald River valley

Hiking in the  Gindlewald River valley

Hope you didn't want any cereal before October

Hope you didn't want any cereal before October

 
Switzerland sure things a lot of the potential of their rivers

Switzerland sure things a lot of the potential of their rivers

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Cutting swiss cheese with a swiss army knife in Switzerland

Cutting swiss cheese with a swiss army knife in Switzerland

Day 3 - Finally a clear forecast, so into Grindelwald for our long hike

Day 3 - Finally a clear forecast, so into Grindelwald for our long hike

Yes this man was talking to his chickens. Yes, it made me very happy

Yes this man was talking to his chickens. Yes, it made me very happy

Damnit, I forgot to pack my dust-pan!

Damnit, I forgot to pack my dust-pan!

Alpenhorn

Alpenhorn

These were painted periodically to mark the trail

These were painted periodically to mark the trail

FINALLY. Our first sightings of the top of Jungfrau and Eiger as the clouds break up

FINALLY. Our first sightings of the top of Jungfrau and Eiger as the clouds break up

'Ohhhhhh common! JUST STOP IT WITH THE PRETTY ALREADY'

'Ohhhhhh common! JUST STOP IT WITH THE PRETTY ALREADY'

See that black dot up there? That's a person. We had to get ourselves up there too.

See that black dot up there? That's a person. We had to get ourselves up there too.

We are children

We are children

 
The cable car back down at First

The cable car back down at First

Bonus, in case you wanted to see my souvenier from the stairs in the Aare:

Sooo pretty

Sooo pretty