I love being in the Swiss Alps! The peaks, glaciers, sky and clouds are extremely beautiful. In addition to the beauty, mountains have weather. In fact, they make their own weather. This summer, the Swiss Alps have done a bang-up job of producing clouds, fog, rain and contributed generously to a rather soggy summer. On a recent mountain hike, I had plenty of opportunity to look for a silver lining in an otherwise gray landscape.
I hiked in the the Berner Oberland above Kandersteg near Oeschinensee, with overnights at Alprestaurant Oberbärgli and the Fründenhütte. I was hoping to hike for four or five days. The weather looked promising when I took the gondola up to Oeschinensee, but when I arrived at Oberbärgli, friends there said that the weather this summer has not been good, with a lot of rain. By the next morning the clouds had lifted a little, and I headed off to Fründenhütte. En route, they settled back in, to stay for the remainder of my trip.
Abandoning my plans for an extended hike, I decided to head for home. Even in rainy conditions I still love the Swiss Apls, and enjoy a beauty that differs in character from that of a sunny day. Take a look at the photos and see if you agree!
If you enjoyed this post, take a look at some previous celebrations of Swiss Alps on Anita’s Feast: