weekend wander, june 2/2014

Oh, what a good weekend!

I was very fortunate this weekend to have a partner in crime in the person of my lovely sister-in-law, Michelle. Now, I generally enjoy the solitude of my weekend wanders, but there are certainly a few people whom I would always welcome to walk with me. “Mitch” is one of them. Excellent company, she is. Talks alot. But that is ok – it is all interesting.

To celebrate her visit here in Switzerland we went a little further afield to Engelberg -Fürenalp – about an hour’s drive away and properly in the alps. We had been forecasted good, clear weather which did not entirely materialize but at least it was not pouring rain. The grand panoramic view of the giants may have been mostly hidden – but it was still beautiful in every direction. And when the big ones did peek through the clouds my guest was absolutely floored and I was as proud as if I had made them myself. Mitch noted that Switzerland’s marketing bi-line should read “Switzerland – Just look up.” I could not agree more.

So 7 hours, a lot of dilly-dallying, a bit of a wine buzz and some blisters later we were back in Engelberg. It occurred to me all throughout that I could have enough memories and photographic material from this day to bring me through a year of painting. I could call it “the Engelberg Series” and perhaps the town’s library could allow me an exclusive showing in their basement?

Anyway, could forever wax poetic over how amazing it was, but think the photos say it more eloquently.

HD pausing to admire a view of the "big guys"
HD pausing to admire a view of the “big guys”
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Peek-a-boo of mount TItlis (3,238 m) from Fuerenalp station. In true swiss fashion there was no guard rail for that playground. Don’t fret though – it would only be a 5 m tumble for that toddler – not a 1800 m one.

In other good news a finished painting is expected by the end of the week. This one is interesting (for me at least) because I am using some of the lessons learned from the Mitchell Albala book. Oh, also, I might post in a day or two a second weekly wander of today’s trip to Ballenberg- a fascinating place for any of you who fancy lovely old swiss architecture. At the moment though I need to go to sleep in the hope that the muscles in my legs will continue to repair themselves.

View from the top of a large waterfall. I love you Mitch, but I would not have gone in after you.
View from the top of a tall waterfall. I love you Mitch, but I would not have gone in after you. It would have been entirely your fault you got so close. Hugs.
Good thing about hiking in Switzerland is that you are never very far from a little alpine refreshment hut
Good thing about hiking in Switzerland is that you are never very far from a little alpine refreshment hut
The long valley home...
The long valley home…
Celestial glory beckoning us back to town for beer and greasy schnitzel
Celestial glory beckoning us back to town for beer and greasy schnitzel

Happy weekend to you, and where ever you are I hope you get the opportunity to take a good, edifying wander.

– Humble Dauber

 

One Comment Add yours

  1. Kristin says:

    Once again such a joy to read your blog:-)! And, I still think your paintings (and tree sketch!) are great!

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