Yes, I had a massive schedule and am now working throught it, but it is all for pleasure, although sometimes I have the feeling that WordPress gives me more to do than a full time job, but it is all voluntary. No-one pays me for me work, but I am paid by my colleagues here because they actually read what I write.
So no further fuss. Today Mrs. Swiss took me for a ride this afternoon, the idea being I could go to high places and take photos, never seen before. This was a good idea, but I have now been busy uploading my 90 photos, sorting them and giving them a name. Included in these photos were some from Mr. Swiss. I took my DSLR camera with me with the zoom lens and the normal lens.
Where did we go? We decided to drive up one of the local mountains in the Jura, known as Balmberg. Mr. Swiss grew up in the area, in a village called Niederwil, so he knows every nook and cranny. The Balmberg mountain lays at 1,078 KM above sea level, so you get a good view from the top and on a lucky day, you get the alps. Today was a half lucky day, as they were a little misty, but I managed to shoot a couple of photos.
The Eiger is on the left and on the right the Mönch and afterwards Jungrau in the Bernese Overland. It was a perfect day, and although we were high up, a light jacket was warm enough.
This is me walking down after spending some time sitting on a bench at the alp hut. From there you get all the wonderful views. That hut brings back many memories as we often took a trip to the Balmberg with the kids accompanied with sandwiches and a pleasant walk to the next mountain, the Weissenstein, where there was a chair lift (now and gondel) to take you back to the lowlands. The road to the Balmberg is quite sensible, although can get a bit tricky towards the top but there are enough places to move to one side if there is approaching traffice. In Winter it is not so advisable, as it tends to get plenty of snow and ice. There were still a few scarce remainders of snow on the top meadows today, but not so much.
There are three restaurants, the lower, middle and upper Balmberg, but the restaurant at the top, is now closed as they cannot find anyone to take it over – any offers? The Balmberg is known as a biker mountain, and there are motor bikes going up and down on the road often. The ascent is also popular with cyclists, and now and again their might be a race.
We passed this guy on the way up who was struggling but was now happy to see the end of the ascent. You can see a few snow remainders on the top slopes in the picture.
When we eventually reached the top and had a sit down for a rest, I had a show by a red kite who was hovering making the most of the air currents.
There were also humans doing something similar, but they needed a parachute, I think this sort of thing is called paragliding and you see a lot in this area.
And that was my afternoon going somewhere else. Mr. Swiss also enjoyed it very much, but had to take a rest now and again to take a photo or two, he also being a golden oldie like me.
On the way home we did a small detour through Niederwil, where Mr. Swiss grew up. His original house is still there and he was busy pointing out various well known landmarks of the area, but that will be another blog at another time. As I said it was a massive job today, and I still have a few things to deal with.