March 1, 2008

The Summit

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , at 2:36 pm by Jenn

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Scott’s conference finally ended on Saturday evening.  Sunday morning he wasn’t feeling well, but decided he would join me for some sightseeing.  We picked the perfect day to conquer the Zugspitze.  It was in the mid 50’s and not a cloud in the sky.  We decided rather than attempting to find the train by foot, that we would take the bus to the central train station and then on from there.  In my best “Amazing Race” voice I read the directions to the bus stop and off we went.

We made it to the train station with no trouble, purchased our tickets and boarded the train.   The train ride was nice.  We even passed the station that I had hiked to a few days before.  We decided that we would get off the train at Eisbee and take the cable car to the summit rather than taking the train the whole way (it would have been another 40 minutes on the train).

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While we were waiting for the cable car we ran in to a couple that we knew (from Armenia) who were also in town for the conference.  We rode the cable car up with them (and about 20 other people).  It was about a 10 minute ride with unbelievable views.

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It was much colder and much windier up on the Zugspitze than it had been down below and I was glad that I had brought along my hat.  When I got off the cable car I couldn’t wait to get out to the platform viewing area.  I had no idea what I was in store for because the cable car views were nothing compared to what I saw from the platform.  The view was breathtaking.

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After about an hour out on the platform, taking in the views, taking pictures and watching the skiers down below we headed inside for some hot chocolate and a quick bite to eat before heading back down the mountain.

I wish we would have known that you have to take a number to get back down the mountain because we had a little over an hour to wait for our number to come up.  We stopped in to another little restaurant and had a beer and more food while we waited.

Going down the mountain in the cable car was a lot more fun than coming up, downhill over the towers is a bit of a stomach churner!  We then boarded the train to head back to Garmisch.  

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Scott was still feeling pretty bad and hadn’t eaten anything during the day, only sipped on water and Sprite at the restaurants.  He sat by himself on the train heading back to town.  A little girl, maybe 4 years old sat across from him.  She chatted to him in German for the longest time.  It was so cute.  He had no idea at all what she was saying, but played along.  Her mother was acting as an interpreter here and there and at one point the little girl told Scott that she could say some things in English and went on to say “one, two, free, four, five”….adorable.   

We made it back to the resort and Scott immediately crawled in to bed.  By this time he had a fever and chills and was PATHETIC!   This is the second time he’s had this fever/chill thing and we’re wondering if it is a side effect of the Anthrax vaccine that he was given before going to Iraq.

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4 Comments »

  1. Mom said,

    Thanks for the pictures-It is as great as I remembered. Dad says he believes the stomach churning part!!! We had our pictures taken for Visas today-they all go off to the travel agent on Monday.

  2. Carola said,

    I just gave you an award on my website, in case you are interested 🙂 I love your blog and the pictures you’ve been showing off lately have been absolutely gorgeous. Thanks!

  3. notgoth said,

    Im so sorry to hear Scott was sick whilst you were away.

    Such stunning photos – there is nothing more beautiful than a snow capped mountain to me (strange as I live in LA! lol)

  4. sjsmart said,

    Thankfully he was only sick for a very short time! He bounces back pretty easily, but BOY, those 24 hours were trying my patience. Men are such babies when they are not feeling well.


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