Hiking Switzerland recap and thoughts

Right! I’ve been back two days. Gosh – is it only two days? On the other hand, my vestiges of jet lag tell me that, yes, it has only been two days. I worked on my 604 photos until I almost fell asleep at the computer. But now I’m done and ready for a meaningful (!) blog.

Also – some of my favourite photos from the trip:

At any rate, my cousin, Birte confessed that she’s a statistics nut and wanted a lengthy list. So here: for all the stats nerds out there:

Number of days to complete: 19 (that includes one rest day)

Kilometres covered: 360 plus an additional 2 0r 3 0r 4 for those few inevitable wrong turns and wee backtracks and shortcuts (otherwise known as alternate routes) that added a few K.

Elevation gained: 20,000 plus a few metres – according to the guide book but actually more – see short cuts/alternate routes above.

Slices of cheese eaten: 121

Number of four-letter words issued from my mouth (see shortcuts/alternate routes above) 12

Number of fucks spoken aloud in the Canton of Vaud where many gates are barbed wire and occasionally electrified. 5

Number of same fucks said silently: 1,876

Number of pounds of chocolate eaten: 34

Pounds of chocolate brought home: 5 or 6 or maybe 7 – whatever I could stuff in my pack and still be able to (barely) lift it.

Number of hiking boots that died on the trail: 1 pair.

Number of WTF! moments experienced while observing where the trail was about to take me: 6

Number of people who admired what I was doing: 8

Number of people who thought I was bat-shit crazy: 89,765

Number of cows encountered: 740

Number of goats encountered: 62

Number of goats who tried to eat my stuff: 3

Number of cow patties hiked through: 1,344

Number of times hiking boots were cleaned: 0

Number of newspapers used to dry boots: 15

Number of band-aids used on feet: 22

Number of trains taken: 3

Number of buses taken: 3

Number of gondolas taken: 3

Number of funicular railways taken: 1

Number of hairs shaved of legs on returning: 6,400

Number of falls: 2

Number of slips, slides and near misses: 82

Number of skinx not stepped on: 66

Number of fucks not given about the state of the world: 1,000,000,000

And some more favourite photos:

And now the monumental task of entering “real life” again. Yesterday my darling husband cooked dinner for us and I was so grateful. In the grocery store, I was brain dead – no clue what to cook or even eat. What’s delightful about a task like hiking for days on end is that everything is very simple. No decisions to make really. You get up, get dressed, eat, pack and walk. At the end of the day, you shower, eat and go to bed.


I like that.

And a few more photos:

And there you have it. As I said, time to get on with life – do some work in the garden, walk dogs, look into some hiking real soon.

Biggest benefit of the trip? Walking into my head and my heart – knowing my truth, finding the courage to speak my truth, understanding myself just a bit better.

I see changes coming.


About goodyniosi

Writer, avid(!!!) hiker - living life to the fullest. Love, life, bliss - getting high on getting high (in the alpine that is)
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6 Responses to Hiking Switzerland recap and thoughts

  1. Haha, you’re the best! Thank you for fulfilling my statistic wishes πŸ˜‚ and the pictures are fantastic! Would like to beam myself into several of those spots to take pictures of my own. ❀

  2. Linda Knight says:

    Wow – excellent read – excellent adventure – and fun statistics πŸ™‚ !

  3. Veda says:

    I just LOVE the picture with the little fence off in the left corner, and the mist hiding what lay beyond. My mind asks “why is there a fence”…to keep people in, to give hikers some sense of safety, to keep animals off the trail? The picture also has an ominous feel…you obviously are high..in the snow…but what lays ahead. Very thought provoking!

  4. goodyniosi says:

    fences in Switzerland are interesting – mostly to form a boundary for the cows – occasionally also for the safety of hikers. I think this one was a safety issue. Steep cliffs with exposure. πŸ™‚ Yes – very high up on an exposed ridge.

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