Since I’m from a small desert town in the southern part of Israel, I was mesmerized and fascinated by everything that surrounded me.
Hiking up, you could see the vegetation adjusting to the altitude. A lush temperate forest gave way to dense conifers quite quickly – sunlight was struggling to pierce the canopy. Some clearings, probably farmland, dotted the hike up, letting me bask in the sunlight even if for just a moment. The path became more rocky as I went up. Rigi gave some spectacular views over blue lakes below and some snow covered peaks in the far distance. It was a bright sunny day and blue haze covered the mountain tops.
It was a kind of happy mistake.
After a quick stop at sunny St Moritz, I headed towards the Furka Pass. A combination of scenic views, curvy roads and little villages. I stopped by the Hotel Furkablick for a quick leg stretch and continued to a beautiful spot overlooking the snowy peaks of Schreckhorn and Mittlelhorn. Another curvy road and I was down by the valley of Lauterbrunnen. The trees took over while I drove down through villages, crop fields and and cows everywhere.