A request went out to all Slice of Life Story Challengers to submit a photo of your favorite place to write, or a place that inspires you to write. While my writing inspiration picture is not one I can go to on a daily basis, these mountains continue to fill me with inspiration, both personally and professionally. I have at least three slices that are on my ideas page that are waiting to be written.
I traveled to these Swiss Alps last summer with my adult children as part of a family vacation. My kids told me this trip would probably be the last vacation we took as a family without grandchildren. (And yes, both married children are now expecting!) We traveled to many areas of Switzerland, but the one area I will fondly remember is the Bernier Oberland district. The mountain packed area is filled with vistas that simply took your breathe away. How cliche that sounds but this area of the world truly is magnificent.
I lived out my Heidi dreams here, walking through meadows full of cows, tall grasses and colorful flowers. I ran through edelweiss covered fields singing my favorite Sound of Music songs (yes, I know, that was Austria, but it felt the same and yes, there was edelweiss). We celebrated the second anniversary of my husband's passing at the top of the Schilthorn at Piz Gloria, elevation of 9744 feet. (Live Cam) We took the last gondola to the top, watched the sunset, and raised a glass to celebrate his life.
The trip was a summer ago, but I keep many pictures of these views around me as I find these images help me reflect on the important things in my life - family and faith. There are certainly many stories and lessons to be learned, just waiting to be shared, all from this glorious place.