31 August 2015
The day begins clear and cool this morning. Again. There have been no complaints from any of us about the wonderful weather we are having.
We depart OurChalet shortly after breakfast and travel by bus from Adelboden down the valley to Frutigen then up the next valley to Kandersteg. There, autos and buses board the train to be taken through the Lötschberg Tunnel to the Lötschental Valley.
We take a leisurely walk through the village of Blatten enjoying its old buildings and architecture. The Lötschental valley is known for its unique local custom involving the Tschäggättä: frightening figures wearing furs and carved wooden masks.
Most of the group hike along the river to the lower villages while the “walking wounded” travel by bus to the upper end of the valley where we get a grand view of Bietschhorn. I think we have the better deal.
There appears to be a light dusting of new snow on the shady north slopes of the peaks. There were some clouds and showers yesterday—mainly across the higher peaks—so this seems likely. It makes for very photogenic mountains.
We regroup at the Lötschental Museum in Kippel but learn that it is closed for the day. Whoops! A passerby makes some phone calls and a short while later they open the museum for us but we have to pay the regular admission plus a a special opening fee. We agree it would be worth it. And it is.
On the drive back to Adelboden we convince our bus driver to stop at the COOP food store in Kandersteg for some essential items that seem to be missing from the meals at OurChalet. He obliges. Woo-hoo!