A Mountain Paradise

Trip Start Sep 11, 2005
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Trip End Dec 13, 2005


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Friday, September 23, 2005

9/22 Garmisch, Germany

We awoke from our Quality Inn experience to the best complimentary breakfast I have ever been given. Typically breakfast here consists of coffee, bread, jam, and some cheese if you are lucky. This was a buffet which had so many choices. There were bacon and eggs, sausage links, the typical European breakfast, and so much more. There were chocolate filled croissants, ham, salami, cheese, cereal, yogurt, and the list goes on. I was so excited to have a glass of cold milk and some delicious O.J. This meal lasted us quite awhile.

The mountains which surround this town are amazing. Every direction you turn, you are met with an amazing view. Our first task of the day was to find a cheaper place to stay. We managed to find an inexpensive, pretty good place with a kitchen, so we were excited. Unfortunately we couldn't move in until the evening so we needed to find an adventure to take up the day.

The amazing thing about Garmisch is that it is surrounded by the Bavarian Alps. They are massive and they are amazing. I have not seen anything like it. Two years ago we took a train ride through the Alps and I sat in amazement. That awe continued today. We took a journey up Mt. Zugspitze, the highest peak in the area.

At first we took a slow train which passed through the lower mountainside. This stopped and we got on an even slower cog wheel train. As we rose higher and higher the view got better and better. The mountains around seemed to stand with great pride and dignity.

The second train lead us to a cable car which would take us to the peak of the mountain. It was a very steep climb. I have no idea how they built this amazing contraption which guided our journey. We managed to make it to the top. They entire time I stood mesmerized at this feat of nature.

At the top I was surrounded by unexplainable beauty. I felt like I was in the middle of a masterpiece. The clouds hung close by, but shifted often to give us amazing views of God's majestic handywork.

The towns below seemed a million miles away. The lake glistened with beauty below. I dreamed of skiing on the lake while I'm sure others dreamed of skiing down the mountain. I guess there are different seasons which call to each of us.

The mountains spoke to me as well. For me the message held something of respect. They warned me of the steep danger below. They also called me to appreciate all that surrounded me. It seemed each mountain had a story to tell. The feet which journeyed over them, storms which had crossed them, and people who had admired them had each left some type of trace on the mountain.

We stood and admired in all directions. I didn't want to leave, I felt like I was leaving a new friend. Yet I admit that I feared being left with this friend for the night. I think it would have been a long, cold night.

As I came back down I didn't say goodbye, but rather see you later. Behind each building and each corner I say hello again. It's almost as if the mountains and I are playing a game of peek a boo. I don't look forward to the game ending.

For this very reason we are going to stay in Garmisch for a few days. We found our new room. At first we were teased because we were shown a bigger, nicer room upstairs. After our first few minutes of excitement the owner came up and told us she made a mistake. Utter disappointment surrounded us as we settled in to our more modest room downstairs. Honestly, it's clean, has a kitchen and a comfy bed, I shouldn't be complaining. God continues to take care of us. I am sure our time here will be very rewarding.
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