Morning in the Mountains

In the mountains, it’s always hit or miss with the weather. There have been times in the past when we had absolutely clear weather, and those when we did not.

From earlier this morning when it was a bit cloudier and some slight drizzle, as we sat here and ate breakfast (this was our view), it has started to clear up a bit and no more drizzle.

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As I look out the window, I can see one large waterfall and three others.

Down the path out the valley, you get close up views of the falls, the mountainside, more waterfalls, spring flowers.
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Wander (walk) Weg (pathway)- no vehicles except residents.

Occasionally, you’ll hear the sound of a helicopter and if you can find it in the sky, it may be carrying a bag of construction material to a difficult to reach location. As you look up the slope of the mountain towards Wengen, you may see the Wengeralp Bahn (train) winding it’s way on the cog rail up the mountain, sometimes pausing on a siding for a train coming the opposite direction. If you buy a ticket that far, you can get off at Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest rail station. It celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012. One can only imagine the difficulty of building a railroad track and tunneling through the mountain to reach a height (at the rail station) of 11,332′. It opened in 1912. We’ve been twice and if you are lucky and the day is clear, the scenery is spectacular.

Down near the camping grounds, one of the permanent homes shows a sign midsection that it was built 1850, right next to the satellite dish. The new and the old. It’s very common for homes to have the year they were constructed placed on the home and to have the family surname. Families live here in the valley for many generations.

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