Traveling Nancy

Traveling around the world as far as I can go.

September 3rd


Incredible! We woke up this morning and Shirley looked outside on our porch. There it was – the Matterhorn in the morning sunlight. We were both absolutely astounded. We didn’t even know that we had a view from our room. And it was supposed to be raining this morning.

The sun was coming up and lit it a bit more each minute.

We made a decision to take it easy today so we took the cogwheel train up to Gornergrat (3089 meters) and only walk part way back to Zermat.

I took a couple of photos of the Matterhorn from the cogwheel because I liked the trees in the photos.

When we arrived at Gornergrat, I was again overwhelmed with the views.

The glaciers were so beautiful

I had to try a panorama.

Another shot of the Matterhorn form Gornergrat.

Then I took a photo of Shirley.

And Shirley took a photo of me.

Of course we wanted a photo of both of us.

There was a very cute chapel up at Gornergrat.

We decided to take time for cups of hot chocolate. I enjoyed watching the crows that were all around the area because I love the crows. It did tick me off to see people feeding them – especially chocolate.

We saw the couple that we met when we were doing that long, long, hike down yesterday.

They had walked up from the hut they slept in last night. I think I already wrote that they were going to be going to 4 different huts. We were talking to them about the hike we have scheduled tomorrow to the suspension bridge and our hut (Kinhutte). Both of us were a little concerned about hiking up 3000 feet. They looked in their guide book and told us that we could take a taxi part way up from Tasch. We were so thrilled to hear that.

Shirley and I decided to walk up to the highest point at Gornergrat. I can’t find words to express how exciting it was to hear the same choral group we heard singing last night.

I took 2 videos of them..

There are two observatories up at Gornegrat

I had to take another photo of the glaciers.

This is the cogwheel train that we took up to Gornegrat.

Our time at Gornergrat was just incredible. We are just the luckiest people in the whole world.

We started our hike down to Riffleberg to catch the cogwheel back to Zermatt. We made it to the lake and waited a long time for the clouds to lift so we could see the reflection of the Matterhorn in the lake.

Then we continued down. I loved the gorge we passed.

Well, even when we are hiking down, there is always some up.

Shirley and I both stopped to take videos of the surrounding area.

There was a church very close to Riffleberg that I thought was beautiful.

What a beautiful place for a church.

When we arrived at Riffelberg, we decided to have “Linner” because we were in such an incredibly beautiful place. The 1500 foot decent was so much easier than yesterday.

Shirley had a beer and I had a drink that said it had bravery inside. I will need that for our hike tomorrow.

There were more hang gliders in the area.

It was great to watch them soar over the mountains.

There were Valais Blacknose Sheep around the restaurant.

It was time for us to return to Zermatt so we took the cogwheel back down and, of course, had more gelato.

There is just no way to express the joy we felt on this incredible day.  My vocabulary just does not have enough adjectives and/or adverbs to adequately express myself.  I will always cherish the moments of today and hope that my photographs will bring back the joy when I get to see them over and over again.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

9 thoughts on “September 3rd

  1. Wonderful!

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. Beautiful pics of the Matterhorn.


  3. The gods must be smiling for you both to have such a beautiful day to view the famous Matterhorn. How often is so crystal clear in the mountains??? Are you keeping track of how many feet elevation you have climbed?


  4. Your photos are beautiful! Gives us lazy people a “wish we could do that” feeling.


  5. The Matterhorn is awe inspiring. Love the crows and the sheep, too!


  6. Wow!!


  7. Nancy, you live a very exciting life! We are jealous!! Love you!


  8. Fabulous shots Nancy. And were you ever lucky to see the Matterhorn in all its glory. Better than I saw in 1970! Your photography skills just keep getting better and better. Keep up the good work.
    Linda Hoff


  9. Outstanding photographs, including the black nosed sheep and the hang gliders. Spectacular!


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