Saturday, September 17, 2011

Swiss Pyramid - Where are my Animal Friends?

Mom's Big World Assignment took her many places in Switzerland.  She decided since she was in the Bernese Alps region, she should search for animal friends on the top of the famous Swiss Pyramid, the Niesen!

The Niesen is shaped just like a pyramid!  At it's peak, it is 7,749 feet high.

So mom had to hitch a ride on the Niesenbahn funicular from the town of Mulenen.  It was a steep trip up the mountain.

About 2/3 up the mountain, mom found some new Swiss Cow friends for me.  She asked them what animals live at the top of the mountain.  They said to take a look at the animal guide when she got there.

 After traveling through some clouds, mom finally made it to the peak of the Niesen!  And what a view!  She was able to see all around, including the famous peaks of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau!
But mom, where are the animals?

Mom found the guide that the Swiss Cows had referred to.  Mom never saw any of the animals listed though.  Animal friends she could have found for me were Alpine Chamois, Alpine Ibex, Roe Deer, Red Deer, Ermine, Stone Marten, Red Fox, Alpine Marmot, Mountain Hare, Golden Eagle, Black Grouse, and Yellow-billed Chough!

Purrsonally, I think mom was looking for alpine flowers instead, like this Alpine Thistle!

Mom, what about taking a hike to find some animal friends up there?  Mom said she did not want to hike for hours, so she just walked a bit to the other side of the Niesen peak.

No animal friends.  Just stunning views that were distracting my mom on her Big World Assignment!!

Like this view of the town of Spiez on the Thunersee, which is where my mom's aunt lives.

Finally when I thought mom's Big World Report was a complete failure, mom found me a Dirty Swiss Dog friend!  
His feet are filthy!  I think he needs a bath!

Stay tuned for the next installment of mom's Big World Assignment to Switzerland!

Before you go, please stop by JB's SMALL WORLD too, thanks!


Angel, Kirby and Max said...

We always enjoy your Mom's photos of her excursions!

Karen Jo said...

The photos are all stunning. I agree with your Mom that she had done enough hiking. I am sorry that she didn't find you any new animal friends at the peak, but I am sure that she will find you some more on her trip.

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

Mom says a Swiss Pyramid is


Not sure what she means ;-)


Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

AWESOME photos!

Shane Kent Louis said...

Your place is so beautiful, and your shot looks great and I have a great time in viewing your post! :)

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