Monday, 6 April 2009

On top of the world

Looking down on creation and it's pretty jolly fabulous actually.

Mount Rigi. So ridiculously sillily high we were all breathing a little wonkily at the top, and Mog was definitely pleased not to have to do anything other than sit back in her chair and watch the rest of us struggle. Gazing in awe not just at the sight of such amazing mountains but at the more intrepid mountain goats hikers walking past us with packs larger than themselves as we concentrated on staying upright. Turns out eating vast quantities of red hot chips helps with the acclimatisation. We'll remember that for next time.

A truly beautiful day. Clear blue skies revealing more mountains surrounding our hotel than we've seen up til now A pleasantly cool breeze as we took the boat from Lucerne to Vitznau. An insanely steep mountain railway. Fantastic views from the top. Pretty pastures and the gentle tinkle of cow bells far beneath us as we took the cable car down to Weggis. And another peacefully pleasant boat trip back to Lucerne. Fabulous photos, trapped on the camera until my phone can persuade the laptop there really is Internet access here. Two tired but cheerful children, and two pleasingly achey adults with a nice sense of acheivement.

Taking a moment here. We just took two children up the side of a mountain. We just took two seriously disabled non-walking children up the side of a mountain. We just built ourselves some pretty amazing memories, and we came back downready to try it again with a different mountain another day. Oh, and we all had fun.

I am mostly liking the helpfulness of everyone we meet here. Occasionally people are too helpful; like the woman who took one of our bags and insisted on carrying it for us. This would have been great had she first checked where we were going. Or the man who gently but firmly escorted us back into the lift we'd just emerged from and sent us back into the bowels of the railway station. The many people who seek to help out by helping to lift the girls' wheelchairs over steps, but who inevitably do so by grabbing at removeable parts... Note to any passing Swiss reading this: really, thank you for the help, we're truly grateful. But please check we need it first!

Tomorrow we're going to try out the buses. For some reason we're more phased by these than by the mammoth trek we managed today.
And now it's late, we had an early start, the girls are asleep and I should be too. Take care,


Doorless said...

Awesome! I can't wait to see pictures. I do admire you and think the girls are very blessed.

Almost American said...

Sounds like a wonderful day! I'm looking forward to seeing the pics too!

Anonymous said...

Bravo!Totally Brilliant Tia.


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