Bern: When a drive is more than a drive

Every couple of kilometers, I would squash the Mini Cooper’s brake peddle to the floor, pinning my girlfriend to the back of her seat while making various requests such as “get a picture of that hawk” or “let me stop, the light is perfect right now”. Thankfully, she is a sport… and the anti nausea pills she took before we set off on our trip didn’t hurt either. The drive from Bern to Gantrisch in the picturesque Swiss country side was taking us longer than we planned. We glided slowly through town after town, with 5 KM stretches of hilly country side breaking them apart. Most of the towns we passed were nestled on the foothills of the mountains, however we would occasionally need to go over a pass. The paved but narrow roads would take us a up a couple thousand feet before dumping us down into another town straight out of the movie Heidi. Eventually, the towns became farther apart. The final destination was Zollhaus, where we would park our car. The plan was to take a bus up to the top of the Panorama Way in the middle of Gantrisch country and hike about 13 km back down to Zollhaus. Somehow we had forgotten that we only had a limited window to do the hike before it got dark.¬†We were behind schedule to begin with and with all of our stops, it was starting to look like it was going to be more of a sprint than a hike. When we reached Zollhaus, I ordered a beer at the only restaurant in town in order to...