What are men to rocks and mountains?
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
In early October, we visited one of the most famous mountains in Switzerland and perhaps the world. It’s over 14,000 feet high (4,478 meters) and has a distinctive pyramid shape. The Matterhorn (Il Cervino) straddles the border between Italy and Switzerland. In fact, you can buy a ski pass that traverses the two countries.
For weeks we watched the weather forecast, the fabled mountain shrouded in clouds and rain. As we headed to Zermatt by train, the clouds hadn’t budged. We arrived in the pouring rain. The weather forecast for the next few days was improving, but still dismal.
The next morning around sunrise, Rich peered out the hotel window and told me to hurry and get my camera. This is what we saw. The Matterhorn lived up to its acclaim. As you can see, it’s stunningly beautiful.
Throughout the morning, the clouds rolled back in and were clinging to mountains and the rooftops. We wondered if our luck would return.
Finally the sun won the battle. The next two days were filled with sunshine. Unbelievable.
In the Valais region, visitors can climb, ski, trek, and snowshoe on trails winding over and around 38 mountains over 4,000 meters (14,000 feet).
Our goals were somewhat less ambitious. (Hint: you can laugh now.) On two different days, we took gondolas and railways to the summit of the Gornegrat mountain range and then the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. Then we hiked on the way down, stopping at an alpine inn for some lunch.
At the summit of the Klein Matterhorn, visitors have 360 degree views of glaciers, mountain lakes, and the north face of the Matterhorn.
Here’s the view at 14,000 feet. As you can see, people ski, snowboard, and trek across the glaciers in October, and all year around. The beauty of the mountains left us speechless.
On our last night in Zermatt, the mountain gave us one more stunning vista at sunset. The mountain and its beauty will be forever etched into my memory.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.
― John Muir, The Mountains of California
I’m delighted that Amy has given us the chance this week to share our Alpine experience with you. John Muir wasn’t exaggerating. Our trip to Switzerland was a dream. The beauty of the mountains filled us with awe, peace, and great joy. I wouldn’t be surprised if my memories of the Alps lure me back for another visit.
We invite you to join Amy and all the Lens-Artists this week for The Mountains Are Calling. Don’t forget to link to Amy’s beautiful and inspiring post and use the Lens-Artists tag so we can easily find your post in the Reader.
Last week, Ann-Christine invited us to share our flower favorites. Wow! What a dazzling collection she shared with us! Thanks to all of you who participated and spread your glorious flower “joy.” Next week, it’s John Steiner’s turn to lead us for LAPC #223. So be sure to visit Journeys with Johnbo next Saturday at noon to get all the details.
Until then, have a week filled with plenty of joy, sunshine, and inspiration!