In Search of the Matterhorn May 23, 2016
It’s hard to imagine that we are actually in the last week of our trip. We have seen so many amazing sites and still pinch ourselves that we are really here. We still have Paris and Iceland to see, but we were both looking forward to visiting Switzerland. Rumor has it that they have some really cool mountains. We saw a few of them in our drive from Zurich to Zermatt. We visited Mt. Pilatus, yesterday and got a good vantage look at the Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch mountain peaks. Our final stop in Switzerland is Zermatt, the home of the famous Matterhorn. This is not the Disneyland version, but the real thing.
Our drive here took us through some stunning scenery. We have had a few “firsts” on this section of our trip. We have never driven through so many tunnels in our life. Some of these tunnels are almost 3 miles long, and several are at least a mile. The other first is getting on an automobile train. It acts like our version of the Washington State Ferry system, where you drive on the boat and it takes you across Puget Sound to your destination. Instead of a boat, you drive onto a train and it takes you to your next location, in this case it took us through a tunnel that I thought was going to come out in Australia! Not being able to read a “lick” of Swiss, we have relied upon an English version of GPS, (best money I have ever spent). We were faithfully following “Siri’s direction and came up to a tollbooth not knowing what was going on. When the attendant told us we were going on a train, we figured we were being shipped off to unknown locations never to be heard from again. This was where we had to place ourselves in the hands of Siri, (stay tuned I feel an illustration coming on, but presently I am on sabbatical). During our train ride we spent the majority in the dark as the track ran right though the mountains. I have no idea how long the track was, but we were in there for several minutes.
Coming through to the other side we continued on to Zermatt, it search of the majestic Matterhorn. Again we found ourselves winding up the road through amazing scenery. You can’t actually drive your car up into the town of Zermatt, but must park in the town of Tasch and continue by train about 4 miles. We made this transition fine and quickly found our apartment. The town is at the base of a large mountain range, still covered with some snow. Things were pretty quiet in the town as their major ski season had just come to an end. (pictured, I think I found my next building project.) We walked up the street to the nearest ski lift, trying to catch a glimpse of the Matterhorn. The mountains were obscured by some clouds, so we grabbed some food at the store and went back to the apartment. Our plan was to get up early and possibly ride the lift up the mountain to hike around. After being “on-the-go” for almost four weeks, it was nice just sitting down and watching TV, of course the only thing we could find in English were music videos.
First thing in the morning Kim sprang up, opened the currents only to find snow coming down in buckets. We could barely see 100 feet. We have no idea how long it’s suppose to continue, but one thing is for sure, “The Matterhorn is still a mystic mountain only to be seen through touristy magazines and artistic renderings. (In this picture, legend says that just to the right is the Matterhorn, huh!)