Our New Digs
Many people asked me before I left where we would be staying or if we would be camping. No camping for us on this trip, and due to the high cost of living in Switzerland, no hotels either. What made the most sense in terms of cost and to have enough space for the equipment, etc. was to rent a house. And that is exactly what Neal and Luke did.
Two houses in fact. One over in the French side of Switzerland in the town of Fully, and another in the German side in a town called Mörel. These two locations were chosen because they were both located no more than a 90-minute drive from the different glacial forefield targets.
We spent the first half of the trip in Fully. This house was surrounded by apricot orchards and had amazing views out the back patio of the surrounding valley.
We arrived at our second location in Mörel yesterday. Situated on the side of the mountain, a long winding, one-lane road led us up to this house. It is smaller than the first house, but just look at the view off of our patio!
Thank God for Facetime
While I am off on this adventure, it is super hard to let go and accept that things are running fine without me at home.
My kids are young (3 and 6-years old), and it hurts to hear that they spontaneously tell my husband or my parents that they miss me. Thanks to the modern marvel of Skype and Facetime, I get to “see” them everyday. My heart doesn’t ache quite so much when my husband sets the phone in front of them and I can watch them play for a little bit.
But at the same time, I relish my time away. Being able to go on this journey and have the chance to share my experiences with a large audience is an amazing experience that I still can’t quite believe I got to do. I know my PolarTREC expedition will forever change me and help shape the path of my future career. I also know that as much as they miss me, my kids will one day understand what I was doing and be proud to tell their friends that their Mommy once climbed a glacier.
You know what is not fun? Getting sick while in Switzerland. I have been feeling pretty crummy the last two days and needed to take a day off to recuperate before our hardest hike tomorrow. Poppy knows hot tea and honey is my favorite remedy.
Goodnight my babies
Mommy is conquering peaks
I will make you proud