Thursday, September 06, 2007
Near the Top of the World
We walked on a glacier today! The Swiss, masters of engineering and determination, tunneled a train to the top of the alps, so that mere mortals such as we can ride up above the snow line and walk out onto a glacier field, amidst the craggy peaks of the Eiger and Jungfrau. I don’t think I’ve ever been above 10,000 feet before, it was exhilarating. We wore all our clothes in layers and managed to stay out in the cold for about half an hour. There was a short sled run for kids, but mostly we just walked a carefully marked “safe” path in the snow and took pictures and gawked at the nearness of the sky. Caleb’s hat blew off and is now a permanent part of the Alpen snowfield. We look at the Rwenzoris every day, but somehow the distant Alps are actually more accessible. I saw a plaque at the observation center perched on the top that quoted a Psalm in French . .. This from Ps 66 in the Message: Take a good look at God’s wonders—they’ll take your breath away.