Hotel Comtes de Challant
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Today was going to be relaxing, no excuses. We cycled into
Sion and caught a train up to the tourist center of Zermatt which is famous for
its amazing view of the Matterhorn.
The train trip was uneventful and we sat back like rich
people watching the scenery go by from air-conditioned comfort. One change of
train at Visp and two hours later we were in Zermatt.
... down, we reluctantly left the lake before the "show" was finished. But to our surprise, the view from the nearby bluff was even better, with the sunlight lighting up the snowy white mountain behind us. Above it, hung a perfect moon. More clicking of our cameras and more exclaiming of our fabulous fortune. Not only did we get to see the Matterhorn, but we were treated to an amazing sunset that will forever be part of our memories.
... Zinal. After a couple of hours of sitting on the mountain in the rain, we gave it up and went back down to the Hotel de La Poste and spent much of our time working on our photos. Even the ones you have seen before are better so here they are!
... After some back and forth (mostly by me, not Joe), our conclusion is that we will have had our fill of long, hard days of strenuous hiking and especially, of navigating our way across immense boulder fields and feeling pressure to hurry on and get to our destination. On the Appalachian Trail and the John Muir Trail, we had a tent with us and could stop and camp when we were inspired; this freedom was wonderful. Here, hiking without a tent, ...
... bridge! then a ladder and one more bridge until I could step down to a giant rock. And all with a backpack on! Yikes, it was a bit exciting!
The scenery getting there was awesome, as was the scenery leaving and getting to our end town of Arolla. We saw a herd of Chamonix (deer like mammal) today which was cool. We also saw the famous Matterhorn ( mountain) for the first time. Woo hoo, it was a great day!