Last weekend Kevin, Mya, some friends, and myself took the train over to Zermatt, Switzerland to hike the Matterhorn Glacier Trail. Our visit coincided with a Matterhorn marathon. Yep you heard me right. Some crazy individuals participated in either a 16K/1100m, 30K/2000m, or 46K/3600m marathon up a mountain, and they paid money for this torture. While the runners warmed-up, we also prepared for our hike by carb-loading on Swiss pastries and hydrating with multiple cappuccinos.
|Kristi and me waiting for our husbands to bring us breakfast.|
The Starting PointSome participants warmed-up by jogging around town. Not exactly what I would want to do before an insane mountain marathon.
Warm-up completed, we walked through town on our way to the gondola...
|Man taking his sheep for a walk.|
|Such a beautiful village!|
We got off the lift at Schwarzsee to begin our 3 hour hike to Trockener Steg.
|Our Route: gondola from Zermatt to Schwarzsee, hike from Schwarzsee to Trockener Steg, then gondola ride back to Zermatt.|
|Mya and me posing at Schwarzee.|
|Schwarzee Lake & the "Maria zum Schnee" (Lady of the Snow) Chapel|
|This is just silly. Can't believe how beautiful this country is!|
|Look at me, I'm hiking. I got my sneaks on and everything.|
|Kevin is psyched to be this close to the Matterhorn.|
|Jenn & Mya|
No Mya isn't playing dead; she's rolling in sheep shit.
|Looks like a different planet up here.|
|Mya racing ahead of me.|
|Me huffing and puffing up the trail....the air, it's thin.|
|Me rock climbing.|
Kevin enjoying one last pensive moment.
|Best rösti of all time, smothered in cheese and topped with a fried egg. Yes.|
After our extremely satisfying post-hike lunch we took the gondola back down to Zermatt for a well earned post-hike nap.
Mya not wanting the hike/most amazing day of her life to be over. Don't worry puppy, we're hikers now. We'll be back.