Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Matterhorn

I have wanted to see the Matterhorn since I was a little kid and first learned that it was a mountain with a crooked top in Switzerland and not just a ride at Disney.  My sister came into town to visit me with the sole request that we do some hiking.  Channeling my childhood dreams, I suggested that we head down to Zermatt to try and catch a glimpse of the Matterhorn.  

We a borrowed a book of hikes in Switzerland from a friend and off we went.  The book suggested that for the best views in the shortest amount of time we take a 5 1/2 hour loop from Zermatt up one of the  peaks that could be reached with minimal effort.  It listed the hike difficulty as medium and the gradient as gradual.  Either I am entirely out of shape or it lied.  Majorly.  But after 4 1/2 hours, a 45 degree gradient at times, and stopping every 15 steps because the air was so thin that we needed to catch our breath, we reached the top and I got to see the Matterhorn.

Unfortunately there were some clouds covering the Matterhorn's defining feature, but I got to see it nonetheless.  The view at the top made all of the effort worthwhile. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I went to Asia for three days

and took exactly two pictures.  

We just got back from our house hunting trip to Kuala Lumpur.  We spent most of that time looking at properties and didn't get much of a chance to actually explore the city other than the area in and around the Petronas Towers.  At least I'll have plenty of time to explore next month after we move.