Switzerland-Day 1
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07/17/03
After hearing how fabulous the views are all around Grindelwald I was couldn't wait to check it out and kept waking up just to look out the window. Unfortunately, every  time I looked out it was cloudy, foggy, and barely raining. Still nice to be in Switzerland though?! After a much needed huge breakfast Peggy and I walked down through the main part of town in the drizzle and back. I kept hoping that the fog would burn off, but no luck. We all rode the Pfingstegg gondola up and did a hike farther up the valley towards the Unterer Grindelwardgletscher and eventually to the Stieregg resturant for beers and soup with sausage. It's pretty wild that in the middle of nowhere along a trail you would come across an enormous stone resturant! The clouds lifted enough for us to see the headwall of the glacier and a huge waterfall. Instead of the gondola, we hiked down eventually getting to the river that drains from the glacier and through town. All the houses look just like you would imagine a Swiss house to look like. It wasn't long before dinner and devising a plan for the following days climbing.

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135-switz day1.jpg (129055 bytes) The beer garden we hiked to; the glacier in front of the beer garden 136-switz day1.jpg (88732 bytes)

137-switz day1.jpg (127363 bytes) Big waterfall in the glacial valley; Looking down on Grindelwald 138-switz day1.jpg (82016 bytes)

139-switz day1.jpg (66591 bytes) River draining one of the glaciers

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