Today was going to be a no-walking day but we ended up doing a lovely 3 hour walk. Tomorrow will be our day off.
I dressed in non-hiking clothes and we headed out to do the short drive on our freaky mountain road to the top. I wanted to see what was above us, after looking at it from across the valley the last two days. There is a village (Brandegg) with a bunch of chalets, then higher to a winter gondola station and a restaurant (Buhlberg). This is where the bus turns around. From here there is a dirt road up to Hahnenmoos, the pass between Lenk and Adelboden.
We started up and enjoyed the walk and the views so much that we kept walking and reached the pass in an hour. More haying, some with tractors but some by people cutting and raking by hand. The climb was nice. In an hour we went from 1664 meters to 1957 meters - 300 meter gain. Yesterday walking from the top of the Betelberg gondola to Lenk, we went from 1943 meters to 1068 meters - 900 meters.
I was wearing my runners instead of my boots, because we were not going for a hike, and they were fine on the path. At the top was a hotel and a restaurant and lots of people. A gondola brings people there from Adelboden (two gondolas with a short walk between them).
We had lunch sitting on the terrace surrounded by huge mountains. People were flying small planes, the kind they control from the ground, and some were controlling small boats in a little lake. There were many hikers. Some probably had walked up from Adelboden and would walk all the way down to Lenk (like Kathy did). Others took the gondola up and were walking some of the alpine trails.
It was sunny with some cloud, beautiful weather, but thunderstorms were predicted for later (they never came). After lunch we took an alpine trail and walked for another hour. We did not get as far as where we could look down to Adelboden because dark clouds moved in and we were worried about rain (we didn't have our rain jackets because we weren't going for a hike). We did get to walk through cows. Pretty dairy cows in alpine pastures.
The walk back was downhill, so went faster, but I wished we had our walking poles and boots for that part. Home just after 4pm.
The rain never came but is forecast for tomorrow. The views today were incredible. It felt like you could reach out and touch the glaciers. There are still a few wild flowers in the meadows.
Photo of the view back to the Lenk valley.
Photos of the cows.