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Whether the Weather

One day summer, the next day…deep into autumn and winter is in sight.

We have had marvelous weather for the most part in our three-plus weeks. There were a couple of overcast and drizzly days Weds and Thurs, then again brilliant weather for hiking the paths on high.

We enjoyed a ride on one of the Grindelwald busses to Bussalp. It can only be described as a thrill ride. Fear of heights? Not for you. Fear of cows (bovinophobia if you must know) may also be a problem for some. The sheer chutzpah to drive a big tourist-type bus on winding one lane roads! Drivers with nerves of steel. We were held hostage by a small group of obstinate and very large cows who were unintimidated by the big yellow bus. There’s really not enough room on the road for a half-dozen cows and a full-size bus.

We found a new-to-us walking route from Bussalp to Bort: four miles, lovely views, pretty easy going overall. Cute wayside cafe at Rasthysi was just-in-time for our late morning coffee and pastry fix. One can double the length f the hike if one has a mind but we bailed at Bort and hopped on a gondola to descend to the valley for lunch.

Today, firmly in the wet, with a high of 48 degrees in Lauterbrunnen. We are seeing waterfalls that we’ve never seen before in 7 years of visits. Might be some snow at Mürren. (We’ve seen it there as early as American Labor Day.) We are headed to Bettmeralp where there is 4+ inches of snow forecast. Glad to have my Gortex hiking boots. More to come!

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Thank you for the report!
"Fun" fact: the Bussalp buses also run in winter, with snow on the road and toboggans coming down 😬. Now that's hairy.

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Oh, my!
Is there another option to travel from Grindelwald to Bussalp?

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Hi Priscilla. No other choice to Bussalp but many other vistas accessible by cableway. You’d love it here!