Sunday, July 6, 2008

How Majestic is His Handiwork

The Wonder of His Handiwork was seen at the Matterhorn

We had traveled on the famous Swiss mountain railway from St. Moritz to Zermatt, a 7 ½ hour panoramic trip through the Alps in the heart of Switzerland. It is a railway journey across 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels and across the Oberalp Pass at 2’033 meters in altitude. The Glacier Express, as it is called, travels a beautiful route between the sights of the Graub√ľnden holiday region, central Switzerland, including Lake Lucerne and Lucerne itself, the sunny Valais region with its glacier landscape, and the beautiful regions of the South. You travel in comfort through the unspoiled natural beauty of a landscape rich in ancient, fragrant mountain forests, peaceful Alpine meadows, rushing mountain streams and mountain valleys, soaked in tradition and centuries-old culture.

After arriving in Zermatt, which is a town without cars, we were told to take a cogwheel train, called the Gornergrat Bahn, which takes you from the village up to the top of the 9,000 feet high Gornergrat.

The next day we began through aromatic stone pine and larch forests and across alpine meadows full of flowers until you arrive in the midst of 29 snow and ice-covered four-thousand-meter-high mountains including such famous greats as the Matterhorn (4478 m), Liskamm (4527 m) and Dufour-Spitze (4634 m). With the sun to our back the Matterhorn was a photographer’s delight. Glaciers abounded and we had a marvelous view of one a couple thousand feet under us. On a culinary level, the Gornergrat offers everything you could wish for. The Kulmhotel Gornergrat, the highest hotel in Europe at 3131 meters (one yard and 3 inches to a meter), and other restaurants located along the route treat you to the very best food.

The Matterhorn is a classic peak, a sharp, isolated rock pyramid with steep narrow ridges jutting from surrounding glaciers. Located in the Pennine Alps it spreads beyond Switzerland into Italy, this beautiful mountain is near the town of Zermatt, which is nestled beneath the mountain's north face, and is a mountaineering Mecca. At an elevation 14,691 feet, the Matterhorn is one of the most frequently climbed mountains in the world.

This day was one of the most beautiful days on our trip and the sun was bright with puffy clouds and a deep blue sky making the photos beautiful. My lingering thought for days was how majestic the mountains all about that area as seen from such a vantage point. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Only one place will be greater.

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.” - Isaiah 2:2

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