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5 Reasons You Should Head for the Mountains

  
  
  

by Ellen Barone

5 reasons to head for the mountainsCities buzz with excitement and a beach escape is always fun, but there’s nothing quite as soul soothing as getting away for some adventure in the mountains.

From dazzling night skies to snow-capped peaks and evergreen forests, here are five reasons to head for the mountains on your next adventure.

TIME TRAVEL

Time rules daily life and it seems there’s never enough of it. But step into a primeval mountain landscape millions of years in the making, and suddenly ticking clocks and mile long to-do lists feel trivial.

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

Lions and tigers and bears, oh-my! Oh-yes! From a safe distance, to observe the power and innate intelligence of a wild animal in its natural habitat is an experience unlike any other. Mountain habitats, far removed from urban populations, offer some of the best places on the planet to view wildlife.

STARRY STARRY NIGHT

The night view from his sanitarium room window inspired van Gogh’s most famous painting – The Starry Night. Fortunately it doesn’t take a visit to the insane asylum to feel the transformative response of a star-studded night sky. Trade the high wattage glow of urban nights for the exploding beauty of a mountain night sky and feel the magic for yourself.  For a glimpse of what can be found out there, check out this time-lapse video created a few weeks ago by a guest at CMH Bugaboo Lodge of the night sky over the famous Bugaboo Spires.

Bugaboo Glacier Overnight from Ken Carson on Vimeo.

EXPANDED HORIZONS

Life within a box – be it at home or at the office – can take its toll on the psyche. No matter how comfortable it is, our souls crave expanded horizons. Little nurtures better than nature. Escape the cubicle and treat yourself to a thrilling, mountaintop view of jagged peaks, evergreen forests, glistening snowfields, and wildflower-filled valleys. Your soul – and those around you – will thank you.

FRESH AIR

Ahhhh, remember the smell of fresh air? No? Urban life offers lots of perks – great restaurants, round-the-clock convenience, new art, and trendy fashion – but clean air isn’t one of them. Add a little altitude to your next adventure and introduce your lungs to the mountain high of pristine air quality.

What are your reasons for heading for the hills?  Share them with us here in the comment section.

With her passport perpetually packed, writer/photograper Ellen Barone is a respected resource for travelers seeking travel advice, vacation tips, gear and gadget reviews, and trusted recommendations. From the best hotels to exotic new destinations, her popular website, EllenBarone.com helps travelers plan memorable journeys and discover the world.

Comments

Yes, I agree with the 5 reasons that the author makes, but from my own personal experience I would like to add one more: I head for the mountains to meet like-minded people because among them I might find some for not only temporary stimulating conversation, but also some with whom you can forge life-long friendships (I have a few that I met in the mountains more than 60 years ago and with whom I kept in touch ever since). The mountains teach you things that really matter in life - respect for the soul-soothing splendour and awesome power of nature, as well as comradeship with people who think the same way.  
 
 
 
Elfi Grillmair, Calgary, Alberta
Posted @ Thursday, September 01, 2011 11:30 AM by Elfi Grillmair
So true, Elfi.  
 
Hope to see you on the mountain one day, 
 
Ellen
Posted @ Wednesday, September 07, 2011 11:11 AM by Ellen Barone
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