Murren to Gimmelwald

Murren and Gimmelwald are two small villages located high above the Lauterbrunnen valley in Switzerland.  The downhill hike from Murren to Gimmelwald is many times mentioned as one of the best walks/hikes in the world. I have done this walk 3 times.  In 1998 with my brother Clark. Then in 2015 with my wife Laura,…

Tall Tower

On a recent trip to Europe we spent 3 days in the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland.  This valley was an inspiration that J.R.R. Tolkien took for Rivendell. What about the two towers in Lord of the Rings?  Could the Ulm Minster steeple have been and inspiration for Tolkien?  I can’t find any evidence of this,…

Bettlereiche

Can you pronounce “Bettlereiche”?  I can’t.  Bettlereiche is the name of a tree I visited in Thun, Switzerland.  When planning a May 2019 trip to Germany, France, and Switzerland I explored the Monumental Trees website for a big tree to visit.  I found one in Thun Switzerland which we stayed one night in.  So on…

Tree Hunters Part 1

Big trees are an inspiration to anyone that get’s close to one.  Now of course if you have stood next to a Giant Sequoia in California you realize what I’m talking about.  But even getting up close to a old large Bur Oak or White Pine can give you a similar experience. Did you know…

Zion National Park

  My impression of Zion National Park and Utah in general had always been that of a desert landscape.  But once I made my first visit that impression changed.  As you can see in the photo above of the famous Zion “Subway”, there is water and intense patches of green.  I have had one short…