Thursday, August 28, 2014

Matterhorn and Friends

By any measure, the Matterhorn is the most famous of all Swiss mountains. Nearby Monte Rosa is much higher, but it's the Matterhorn that made it to Disneyland and got painted on Swiss trains.

For years, Dachshund Daddy ignored Mom's standing request for a hiking trip to Zermatt, the Matterhorn's hometown...

until last weekend, when he went on his own so he could hike to the top of 11,200' Oberrothorn to take photos for his 2015 calendar "Matterhorn and Friends".

Unless you're good friends with the local police, which means you were in kindergarden together, you can't drive to Zermatt.

You need to park in the town down the valley and take the train or catch a cab/minibus/helicopter/golf cart. Dachshund Daddy left the Dogship farther down the valley and rode his bicycle up to Zermatt so he wouldn't have to pay for parking and transportation.

On his way to the top of Oberrothorn, which translates to "upper red horn", DD met a puppy mountaineer named Zippo.

It was a fabulous day, and he took many, many great photos for his new calendar.

He also made a whole bunch of new friends who wanted to spend more time with him.

 "Matterhorn and Friends" is already available from my Zazzle store if you would like to bring the Swiss Alps to your living room. Before you ask… yes, both Zippo and the sheep made it into the calendar.

"Matterhorn and Friends" Swiss Alps 2015 Calendar


  1. Great trip ! Zermatt is one of our favorite place in the mountains ! Purrs

  2. Christa taking dictation from BrunoAugust 29, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    I think those are beautiful photos! What an adventure. Thank Dachshund Daddy for sharing; I may just order the calendar. Wags!

  3. Super trip. Did you know Gail had been to Switzerland loads of times but only visited Zermatt when her American friend Marse came with her and said WHAT YOU'VE NEVER SEEN THE MATTERHORN!!!


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