today was our first day in the alps and it is BEAUTIFUL! i’m not going to bother writing about everything. instead, i’ll let the pics and captions tell about our adventures : )

DAY 0: we hung out in megeve (where we are staying) for a couple hours until we were able to get into the place we are staying all week.

the view from where we are staying in megeve, crazy! that’s mont blanc!

DAY 1: day trip to chamonix – mont blanc. we took the Aiguille du Midi cable car from chamonix up to mont blanc to start a 1.5 – 2 hour hike

the view of the retreating glacier from chamonix village

the view when we got off the cable car, breathtaking!

hiking : )

the view as we approached our lunch destination

grand hotel du montenvers, where we had lunch. this place was incredible and the food was amazing as well!

DAY 2: rock climbing and mom’s b-day : )

that’s me, so fun!

my sister listening to our guide, gabriel, really watching as he barely spoke english! climbing is climbing though and it doesn’t change regardless of the language used : )

celebrating mom’s b-day. isn’t she beautiful!!

DAY 3: we had a pretty chill morning, went for a run and picked up some fresh bread and breakfast fixin’s in megeve village.

in the afternoon we headed to a restaurant where we were taught how to cook some authentic french food. it was a blast! this was the view from the restaurant.

DAY 4: this was the scariest day of my life and i am not exaggerating at all. i went on what i thought was going to be a glacier travel hike (i kinda made that term up) where i was going to use my crampons for the first time and just mosey across a glacier and back. instead, we hiked across the glacier and then climbed up the side of the mountain! i have never experienced anything like this in my life.

that’s me at the beginning of our adventure, still smiling as i had no idea what i was about to do!

that’s me looking at our final destination, where that pointy building is at the top of that jagged rock. i’m totally freaked out at this point, but there is nothing i can do but go up and finish the climb! (although i did contemplate how i could injure myself just enough to need helicopter rescue, but then i thought about all the people that would take and missing the rainier summit and decided not to go that route – just kidding! kinda … )

holding on to the rock for dear life!

almost done : )

and i made it to the end!! praise the Lord! (i’m pretty sure that is mont blanc in the background)

DAY 5: hot air ballooning! this was a blast! and then we hit the market to make dinner tonight, so much fun : )

there were three balloons that went up at the same time this morning and this was one of them being blown up. it was so neat to watch it all happen.

one of the other balloons. if you ever have the chance to do this, i highly recommend you don’t pass it up!