Tip of the Mountain

From where I am, the top of the Jungfrau is visible just above the clouds.  It’s a view to be enjoyed daily on the balcony of this top floor flat at the edge of the village.  The mountains have a sheltering and bold aspect to them, which makes their proximity complicated, stirring, invigorating, and soothing all at once.

Yesterday we walked from Muerren to Isenfluh, about four hours, along a ridge that took us through a pasture of assertive cows and into forests.  Along the way, we crossed paths with four Bernese mountain dogs led by their owner: Father, mother, and two three month old pups waddling.  At the end, we happened to catch the last postal bus back to Lauterbrunnen for the cable car and funicular to bring us back to the top of the mountain.

The lights went out briefly that evening, but not before we could roast a good chicken with fennel and olives that was served along with beans and garlic and the lettuce from Swiss gardens that so many people here maintain.

Today we’ll meet up with old friends for a long walk in a valley below the Jungfrau.

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