Weekly Writing Challenge: Image vs. Text
Posted on February 21, 2013
The Daily Post Weekly Writing Challenge asks us to incorporate image with text. We can either,
“Detail a three to five step story or process, and illustrate each of the steps with something visual.”
“Detail a three to five step story or process—anything from a how-to, to turning points in your life so far, to a story with a beginning, middle, and end—and break up the parts with eye-catching, attention-grabbing images.”
I have chosen to take the latter option and suggest a few ways you can enjoy Mount Titlis if you ever visit the Swiss Alps.
If you don’t know by now that I am in awe of the ocean, then you should probably read, “Today The Ocean Is Blue.” I would argue any day, anytime, anywhere that it is the most supreme, most magnificent, most beautiful of all creation. This massive piece of our world is a world in itself. There are so many characteristics to its nature. Sometimes peaceful, sometimes angry, it’s mystifying! Even when it’s tossing with rage, one can’t help but think of all the beauty in its depth. Covering 7/10ths of the earth, nothing can stand against its power. However, in beauty and wonder there is a contender, The Swiss Alps.
These mountains had me at first glance, my face pressed against the car window, wide-eyed, jaw hung, I was stilled by their magnificence. As we climbed the winding road to our destination, Mount Titlis, I had to acknowledge that like the ocean, it too was in a category all by itself.
For a first timer like me, merely sitting in the snow at the base, staring at my surroundings would have brought much contentment. The mountain would not have it though. It beckons to you to get as close as you will, as high as you dare. Every space, every tree covered with snow, it was glorious! Towering 10,000 feet high, as the cable car continued to climb, it was clear this mountain didn’t ask for respect, it took it. One look around you and your very soul humbled itself.
Put your fears aside, it’s peaceful. I thought, “Respect the mountain, the mountain will respect you. I’m here for the full experience!” From my point of view, here are just a few ways to fully enjoy Mount Titlis while in it’s capture.
1. Go all the way to the top! – There are several stops where you can get off on the mountain. Let me tell you, there is nothing like the view from the very top. Along with the view comes this feeling you get of being on top of the world, amongst the clouds!
2. Walk across the suspended bridge. – Mount Titlis has the highest suspension bridge in Europe. Suspended from the glacier, it takes you along the cliff on the mountain! Ok, so you may not be that adventurous but if I did it, so can you. It is quite the thrill, not to mention you can get photo shots that you won’t be able to see otherwise!
3. Explore the glacier cave. – It’s a whole new world in the Titlis Glacier. Get lost on a walk through many tunnels of shiny ice walls. The cave takes you 150 meters into the glacier, about 20 meters under it. It’s an experience on its own but it’s not for the claustrophobic.
4. Hop on a sled! – It’s ok if you’re not a fan of skiing or snowboarding. I understand, you’re afraid you’ll break something. May I suggest you not take the rotating cable car down the mountain, hop on a sled instead. Oh, did I forget to mention that? Yes, on the last leg up the mountain, there is a cable car that rotates! However, as I mentioned earlier, you can get off at various points on the mountain. My friends and I opted to stop at the second to the last point down and rented a few sleds. The trip down by sled is about 20 minutes. It’s very easy if you’ve never used one like me (give me a break, I’m from an island!), but it is a blast!!!
Don’t miss out on other experiences such as snowtubing. Falling off or bumping into someone is all apart of the fun. Fill up on a hot meal at the diner on top of the mountain or spend your entire time skiing like a lot of visitors did if that’s your thing. There’s a slope for beginners also.
So, what are you waiting for?! I know you’re tempted so get on with it, be captured by the Swiss Alps, mountain of your choice and have a time to remember!