On our journey to the Temple, as we were approaching the Alps a few of the children would occasionally look out the window and say, “I feel like we are on I-15 right now with those mountains ahead!” Then the conversation quickly turned to how much everyone misses the mountains in Utah. Sanilhac is nestled in the hills with mountain peaks in the distance, but we do not live in the mountains. I personally LOVE the hill country and like the mountains, but that is just me. The boys LOVE the mountains and have wonderful memories of being in the mountains and living near the mountains. So, seeing the Alps was exciting for everyone in the car. (Tristan already had been skiing in the Alps, but in a different area, so this was all new to him too.) The children felt like they were back “home”.
As we got closer to the mountain range we quickly agreed that the Alps have a beauty of their own, different from Utah! We saw magnificent snow packed peaks, jagged mountains, majestic views that left us all gasping at the beauty of this part of the world. Our cameras did not capture what we saw. I guess it is one of those things, “you have to see it, to believe it”! It was breathtaking! At one point along the route, I felt like I was in a dreamland. There were huge rolling green hills at the foot of the snow covered mountains with beautiful farms dotting the land. One word can describe what we were all feeling at the end of that journey: GRATITUDE!
The drive from Genève to Lausanne is beautiful. The Alps line the south side horizon of Lake Genèva. And they continued up to Bern area. On our way to the Temple, the skies were clear and we got an incredible view of the mountains. Aaron and I wanted to explore while the boys were serving in the Temple, but our time and activities did not allow us to. I would love to return in the summer for warmer weather and hikes! But for now, hopefully, the images we saw will be imprinted in our minds forever!