Monday, August 4, 2014

but those Swiss Alps though

We survived Swiss National Day, our next challenge was to climb the Swiss Alps...

Casey is a runner/almost marathon runner (one more month!) I've completed the color run...and barely finished the tough mudder. Barely. I don't know if you've seen the Swiss Alps, but they are "hella tall" as Casey would put it. This may have been the toughest hike of our lives. Check it -

Our first stop was a cable car ride. A scary one. They should definitely not bounce like they did...especially that high off the ground. 

But we forced smiles for this picture. 

And of course did the classic turn away pic. Obvi. 

Then we reached this gorgeous view at 4,975 ft.

Had to document a before picture. Then the actual hike started...

So excited. So naive. We had no idea. 

But before the rain storm started, we came to this beaut. 

Oh, and this. 

And then this...might have been second scariest to the cable cars. Large, hungry cows just chilling in the pathway. We don't see this everyday nor do we know how to push them aside to get by. We were understandably very nervous about going around these beasts that could easily take us. Plus they kept giving us weird looks. No lie. 

So thankfully we saw a guy come by and walk by them. We asked him for advice and just said "walk right by. They won't do anything." And then he disappeared into the mountain. That didn't help us at all considering another cow came up behind. Yes, we were in a cow sandwich. Not as fun as it sounds. 

Freaked out about being eaten/kicked/squished, Casey took one for the team and led the way! We half politely squeezed by/ran up a side of a hill to get past them. You may laugh now but you just wait until you are stuck between two huge cows that defiantly have it out for you...oh and I stepped in cow shit and somehow got it all over my leg. This isn't even half way to the top. Yeah. 

But check out that post cow view!

So happy. So stinky. Damn those cows. 

We kept having to remind ourselves of where we were because the view was so unreal. 

We meet again...more cows. Another stressful point in the hike. Fun fact : they run. Very quickly. Especially uphill. The way we were going. It was rough. 

BUT WE MADE IT TO THE VERY TOP! And did I mention this is where they filmed the 1968 James Bond film? 

Here we are with Casey's weird filter...but 9,744 feet later we did it. We hiked almost three hours and rode another very shaky cable car to the very top of the Swiss Alps. 

I finally know how Leo felt... "I'm king of the world!"

Casey rocked her Heidi braids for this epic moment. 

Had to. 

Whooo, check out those mountains! Oh wait...

We're at the top of the world!

Then it was time to get down from almost 10,000 feet...which was only by a cable car. Let's just say it was so high, shaky and crowded that random people started holding on to us to feel better. And there were three different carts to get down. We decided this would count as our adventurous day instead of hang gliding or something. 

Very proud that we made it up there (thanks for pushing me Casey!) and that we held it together so well in those cable cars. One girl puked. Yeah. 

Since hiking the Swiss Alps just wasn't enough, we decided to kayak the next day by the Alps! 

It was pretty cold, windy and mildly rainy. It was a short adventure but worth it. 

Yay back of the kayak!

Then it really started to rain. Not happy.

We took shelter at a chocolate factory to see how they make Swiss chocolate because why not?! Plus a bunch of free chocolate so there's that. 

It's obviously been a long three weeks backing through Europe as you can see from Casey's face...

Well, we just got to Basel, Switzerland where we will part ways - I'm going back to wonderful Pasadena and Casey if off on another adventure in Ireland!

It took us two years of planning, much needed neck pillows, some Amsterdam umbrellas, gallons of sun screen, walking shoes/sandles, quick drying towels and one solid traveling friendship to make it through these past three weeks. I'm lucky to call that crazy meatball one of my best friends and even more fortunate that she can't handle her dairy either. Makes food decisions that much easier...

Now, time to head home & begin planning the next European Meatball trip - Greece & Turkey, we're coming for you in 2019!

Because I obviously can't hang anymore...Cheers Europe! 

Traveling Meatballs out. 

1 comment:

  1. You're an entertaining tour guide, Ali! I laughed, I actually didn't cry...but I am sad that your adventure is coming to a close. Silver lining: you get to come back to work! (OK, maybe that's just a silver lining for me.)