Today we took a trip up the local mountain, Weissenstein. Now to be quite honest the word “visceral” is not really something I have ever used or knew how to use. I had to peep in the dictionary and found that it would have a connection to my internal state. I had to check on the German meaning of the word, because I thought it might be clearer and we got down to the intestines.
Now I do not really think that a blog about my intestines and their state of operation would be a big deal, but perhaps I got it wrong. Anyhow we drove up to the gondola station. Luckily they had a lift connection to the ticket office, as I do not think that my visceral condition would have permitted me to climb the flight of stairs to the station. There were not so many people today, as the holiday season is now petering out. When we got to the ticket office the lady selling the tickets was an old workmate of mine. This was great as she organised the cabin that arrived to go slower for me to get into it with my cane. Afterwards it was a smooth ride to the top with no intestinal problems, although at the mid station (Nesselboden) the gondola had to make a curve which was slightly queasy (intestinally).
Eventually we arrived at the top. As I am not really in a condition to do a mountain walk, we headed for the restaurant which had a wonderfully large terrace. I was armed with my camera and my zoom lens, but of course wanted a table overlooking the view. To get to this table we had the next viscerous problem. I had to descent three steps and there was no railing to help me. Eventually we discovered one set of steps with a railing. This was probably reserved for people with dogs, as there was a large dog bowl on each step for water. Now I was happy, I overcame the steps and we had a nice table with a view over Solothurn and all the trimmings – see photo. Of course I took many photos, over 100, but have not yet uploaded them.
Eventually we left for home again on the gondola.The descent was OK, nothing visceral. There was enough room to park our car at the base of the gondola station so did not have to walk very far.
We arrived safely home with no negative visceral feelings. I really ask myself why I bother with these stupid prompts, it is enough to make anyone feel visceral.