Hiking the Swiss Alps of Adelboden and Pontresina


01 September 2015

There is a big change in the weather today with low clouds hanging on the peaks. We’re not going to let a chance of rain change our plans, of course, and we start our walk down valley to the Trummer Woodcarving shop. The art is fabulous and worth the visit but nothing quite strikes us as a must-buy item. Instead, we wander next door and order coffee and plum cake. Yum!

Trail guides and wood carvings along the way.
Trail guides and wood carvings along the way.
We've arrived at the wood carvers shop.
We’ve arrived at the wood carvers shop.
One of the many wood carvings.
One of the many wood carvings.

The walk back to Adelboden takes us through the short-but-steep Cholerenschluct (Choleren Gorge). There are stairs and platforms to take us safely through and up the gorge and it is impressive.

Cholerenschluct (Choleren Gorge).
Cholerenschluct (Choleren Gorge).

Shortly after we climb out of the gorge it begins to rain and continues until we reach Adelboden. As we walk we are amused by the playfulness of school children in their rain jackets and carrying umbrellas as they walk back to school after lunch at their homes.

The rain ends, the sun comes out briefly and the valley fills with fog. It is a very pretty sight but I am unable to capture it with a camera. It has to be seen to be appreciated. The walk back to OurChalet is cooler than other times and more comfortable as a result.

For dinner we have raclette, a traditional Swiss meal that has long been a favorite for festive and fun interactive evenings. We melt slabs of cheese in a small, table-top Raclette grill as we grill vegetables and meats on the top. All of this is poured onto either bread or potatoes.

The "tea" room where we often met before and after meals. It also had coffee.
The “tea” room where we often met before and after meals. It also had coffee.