Neither of us knew we would fall in love with mountains. Now, we cannot go two weeks without seeing them. Mountains have stood the test of time yet stand in all humility for us to admire. They offer a sense of strength and protection yet a vulnerability and openness. A year ago, we had never camped on a mountain. Now, we have camped at and hiked up several mountains in six U.S. states and Canada. In 2016, we sold or gave away all of our belongings, bought a camper, and have been road tripping through North America ever since. Our special moments collection is getting richer and fuller everyday.
Our Adventurer spirit have taken us through Colorado in the springtime when yellow-bellied birds sang calls of warmer weather. We arrived at Rocky Mountain National Park the day after the road leading to the highest peaks opened. The sky was the color of Colorado blue cornflowers.
The Grand Tetons in Wyoming greeted us with skies that churned and changed in minutes. It was breakfast time when we rolled in. We found a spot to park and fired up the burner for avocado toast. Our food was just plated as the storm rolled in. We couldn’t hear or feel the rain yet. Oh, but we saw it coming over the mountains in all it’s glory.
We’re lucky. With our camper, we can pull over to the side of a mountain for lunch and watch the clouds come say hello. We can find a spot in the middle of the wilderness where stars light the way and call it home for the night. We can breathe mountain air 12,000 feet up where it’s so clean it hurts. I grew up in the Caribbean and he grew up in Florida. Who knew the height of a mountain could make you feel as weightless as the sea?
It’s funny how standing atop a mountain can change one’s perspective. Our worries, our fears, our insecurities all fall away when we’re up that high. They seem so insignificantly small next to a mountain. Travel introduces us to new ideas in so many ways. As we visit new countries we’re exposed to new cultures. As we try new dishes or learn new words we learn more about ourselves. Travel can open us up to climbing mountains if we let it. We hope you let it.
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This memory belongs to our Passengers Ariel, Ron and Tarzan (@wtwildflowers) . All the pictures belong to Ariel and Rons's personal archive. To know more about our Passenger @wtwildflowers, click here.