Two weeks to go!

Until Diane and I return to Switzerland, that is heart.  Having thoroughly enjoyed the Jungfraujoch following SIHH, we are now heading to the Jura Crest Trail for a spring trek.  The entire trail runs more than 300 km along the Jura plateau from Zurich to Geneva (well Nyon actually) but our week will be spent doing the "bottom" half.  First will be a few days in Neuchatel, primarily to visit Montblanc's Institute Minerva.  Other "must do's" will be the Cantonal Yodelling Festival in Tramelan before heading to La Chaux-de-Fonds and the International Watch Museum.

Once on the trail, we will be using the services of a most excellent organization called SwissTrails that books accomodations and transports your luggage along the route so we are free to travel light and enjoy the scenery.  We are definately looking forward to seeing the Creux-du-van rockwall and the Grottes de l'Orbe caves.  Did you know the word "Jurassic" comes from this region of the Jura mountains?  We will wave at VCVJ as we pass by the mysterious Lac Brenet at Le Sentier, then head up the Col du Marchairux towards the spectacle of St. Cergue and the summit of La Dole where we will finally view Lac Leman and our destination of Geneva.

So if anyone has plans to be in Geneva 23/24/25 June, we'd be pleased meet up for dinner and maybe share a "few" beers and photos smiley.  Let's hope it warms up a bit too!

Two weeks to go!
It sounds marvelous, Have a Great Trip Dean!
05/28/2013 - 04:33
I unfortunately had an accident late Friday night that will keep me off my feet for a couple of weeks :-(.  So while travel is not possible, I will be with you in spirit! BR, Dan
Get well Dan :-(
05/28/2013 - 17:53
OK, spill the in a cast?  Skiing with Alex? devil
Nothing as glamorous or as serious...
05/29/2013 - 03:13
Late Friday night, I opened a door too fast and at just the right height and angle to rip the big toe nail completely off of my left foot.  We went to the hosptial and got a few stitches. But unfornately the nature of this minor wound, is that I can't but any pressure on it.  I tried walking on it a little over the weekend because it didn't hurt...but it didn't help with healing the wound. Stitches should come out in 1.5 weeks, :-)
05/29/2013 - 06:57
Man, that sounds nasty crying.  Good thing you have another foot wink.  Get well, my friend!
Dan, best wishes for a speedy recovery
06/02/2013 - 12:49
Don't put your foot in it by rushing the process! Gary
I'm sad to miss you guys but looks like you will have a blast!
05/28/2013 - 06:35
Me too buddy!
05/28/2013 - 17:54
But I'm sure it will very nice and warm where you are heading wink
Should be a walk in the park for you Canadian Rockers! Can't
05/28/2013 - 06:57
wait for the pictures and story line, always a treat. Best, Tim
Imagine Tim
05/28/2013 - 17:57
Walking the Jura, past the little towns with big horology names like Villeret and Le Sentier...can't help but be inspired for a few threads cool
Sounds Great
05/28/2013 - 17:09
Safe travels and I look forward to hearing all about it.
Re: Sounds Great
05/28/2013 - 17:58
At least, for a change, I won't have to pack the bear spray and BFK...
A well planned journey...
05/28/2013 - 21:47
Dean, I've followed the itinerary on the map and look forward to your commentary, in due course, as the adventure unfolds. My good wishes for a safe and wonderful trip. Tony
Thanks Tony, already studying
05/29/2013 - 07:08
Before a road was built in 1810, the etablisseurs in Geneva had to hike the Col du Marchairuz to obtain their blanks from the independent workshops in the Vallee de Joux, and even afterwards the road was closed more than half the year due to snowfall.  We must make a side trip to Cret-Meylan and pay hommage one of the greats...
Enjoy the trip!
05/29/2013 - 16:26
Have a safe and fruitful trip Dean! Send my regards to Julien from MB Villeret if you meet him at the manufacture. I am a fan of MB Villeret and what they are doing there - preserving traditional watch making in its finest form. cheers, robin wong
Will do Robin (nt)
05/29/2013 - 20:10
Sounds wonderful, Dean!
05/31/2013 - 07:30
And, if no one else has mentioned it, may I note that you would be in prime position to drop in at Vianney Halter's in Ste. Croix and with Philippe Dufour and David Candaux in Le Sentier?   May sound a bit offbeat, but David Candaux in particular is an avid outdoorsman -- his great joy is to hike in the woods and mountains, so you would find a kindred spirit.  He is also a certified hang gliding instructor, so could take you up for a ride!  All this in addtion to being a very gifted watch designer... Have fun! Best, Gary
Exactly the beta I'm looking for Gary
05/31/2013 - 18:32
Super ideas...there are so many great names along the Vallee de Joux.  Unlike Speyside and the Scotch Trail, this intoxication comes without the need of a designated driver wink.
Re: Exactly the beta I'm looking for Gary
05/31/2013 - 22:46
If you would like an invitation to David or others, please just advise! Best, Gary
I believe St. Croix is also the home of Reuge. (nt)
05/31/2013 - 21:38
Music to my ears Joseph ;-))
05/31/2013 - 23:07
Enjoy the trip Dean...
06/01/2013 - 05:09
Me- and the whole of Europe - hope that the weather will indeed improve!!!!! Cheers, Francois
Ah the great outdoors!
06/02/2013 - 13:13
You will have a blast... Looking forward to the write up. Will you be sporting your OS? Best Gary
Alas, I hear there is flooding...
06/03/2013 - 18:25
so I must wear the Deep Stream! devil