"Whatchya got there pop? Two train tickets for peeps and two train tickets for pups to Zermatt, the best husky hiking in all of Switzerland? Oh please say it's true!"
The village of Zermatt is located at the feet of Switzerland's highest peaks, including the famous Matterhorn, and just 10 km (6.2 miles) from the 10,800-foot high Theodul Pass that borders Italy. It's name is derived from the Matterhorn itself, as well as the German word for meadows "matten." The village is surrounded almost completely by the Pennine Alps: Monte Rosa (15,203 feet), the Dom (14,911 feet), the Lyskamm (14,852) and the Matterhorn (14, 692 feet).
I've been wanting to take the dogs here since I came to Switzerland and Juno was excited to go. We've been "training" for a weekend like this for a while, with some days of 2-4 hour hikes and some days of short jogs. I knew Juno was not only fit physically but mentally ready for it.
The cracker on the other hand...
"There's no place like home. There's no place like home. Darn Juno! She ate my damn ruby slippers!"
"We're going to take a WHAT? Train rides go against every fiber of my Formosan protection protocol! I refuse to let you put our lives in jeopardy!"
"Ah big boy! Think of the adventures we'll have high above the world. And all the alpine critters we can snuff out!"
"Princess, aventures go against the core philosophy of a German Shepherd Formosan dog!"
Zermatt is a car-free village, to prevent air pollution which could obscure views of the Matterhorn. It's times like this, I really love the Swiss. Then again, all vehicles are battery-powered and the drivers don't slow down for anything, which makes walking it tricky when it's crowded.
In order to get to Zermatt from the rest of Switzerland, you have to take a train ride from Tasch. The whole thing seems intimidating but like all the trains in Switzerland, they run on time and are so easy, a monkey could figure it out. I worried about having too much luggage but the trains are huge and you could bring all sorts of ski and bike equipment. Hell, you could have a team of huskies easily in just half a train compartment.
"Ah big boy, don't worry. This will be fun."
"Princess, I hereby do not accept any responsibility for the danger this family will be facing coming from all these crazy ideas of trains and adventures. I'm washing my paws of all protection duty this weekend."
Internet, one could only wish Loki would wash his paws of that duty. Meanwhile, here's a little video leading into this week's posts about our adventures.
woooo how fun, travels on a train and adventures in the mountains, cant wait to hear all about it. Sorry for Loki picture 3 those eyes say so much, bet he had a ball once he was there though.
AKA The PA Princess waiting fur her Aunt Vicky to arrive!!!
Oh my dog! Juno and Loki are so well-behaved!
Have lots of fun and take lots of photos!
OMD. I'm on the edge of my seat!
Is that "TRAIN of Fools" as the soundtrack?!? Can't wait!
BTW, I'm forwarding your blog to another - Bicontental Daschund who also lives and hikes in Switzerland...
Here's Tootsie's blog: http://bicontinental-dachshund.blogspot.com They hike a lot, too...
OK. So I can't spell in German. Sue me...
Pawesome trip! We've never been to Zermatt, and after watching your video I'm very upset at Dad, who never wants to take us there 'because it's too crowded'. Dad, have you seen how *empty* that train is?
I look forward to the details of your Zermatt hikes later this week!
Sounds like you guys are having a great time. That is so cool that they are allowed to ride on the train without being in a crate or anything.
We will be glued to the computer, awaiting the next installment! It is so cool you can take public trains and that your peeps are willing to pack your bags and take you with them. It beats being left behind, n'est-ce pas?
Jed & Abby
Poor Loki! What if something dire had happened on that monster train while he was all stoned and everything? Looking forward to the next installment.
P.S. I kind of barfed a little when MWD took over the camera. Please instruct him on proper technique.