The Mountains are Calling

_MG_1044Lake at Glacier National Park -the mountains are calling

Grand Tetons National Park – Montana

The Mountains are Calling…

I wasn’t going to do it this year. I was NOT going to let it get me. Usually by March it is all I can think about – getting away to some exciting adventure somewhere. Hopefully, it would be one with mountains in it. I don’t know if it is the stress and demands of the teaching job during the year that contribute that, so that by the time summer comes I need to get away to somewhere exciting just to survive. Yet, I seem to have had this “malady” since I was a child. I remember dreaming about what the future would hold, and things I wanted to do. I would hear about how people went to Colorado and saw the mountains, or to places like Tennessee. It seemed like a fantasy world to get to go see the mountains. There is just something about those soaring mountain landscapes, sparkly waterfalls and wide-open vistas that gives me the sense that God is an AWESOME creator. It is a feeling only beat by looking into the eyes of my husband and children. Once I actually got a taste of them as an adult, it only got worse. Would it be different if I actually lived there? Maybe. I will likely never know, but it is a need inside me that has never gone away, no matter how many mountain landscapes I am fortunate enough to find myself in.

_MG_0945 -Sunset in the Tetons - Montana-the mountains are calling

Sunset in the Tetons – Montana

Take a look at the photos in this post (all taken by yours truly) and you see the draw of those vistas. Those wide-open spaces (reminds me of an old country song) make me just want to throw my hands up in awe. Fortunately, this country I am blessed to live in has more than its share of mountain landscapes. Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska and Washington are just some of the states that are always on my “go” list.

_MG_8719Lake at Glacier National Park  - the mountains are calling

Mountain Lake in Glacier National Park – Montana

Money was always tight when I was a kid. We didn’t get to go very many places when we were growing up, and I always jumped at the chance to go somewhere. I remember my Daddy saying to me, “all you want to do is GO.” It seemed to me then that he said it like it was something bad I was doing, or some flaw in my character. I love to travel everywhere, but given a choice, the mountains always win out. I have even asked God over the years, “why do I have this need for a sense of adventure that being in the mountains gives me?” I don’t have to be there all the time, I am even OK with a good dose once a year (well, most of the time), but the call comes from somewhere deep within, to be there. Lack of money or knowing I didn’t need to spend money to go has no effect on it. It has felt like a part of me. I needed to go.

Yosemite Valley - Yosemite National Park - California -the mountains are calling

Yosemite Valley – Yosemite National Park – California

Then one year when we were in California, Ronnie found a t-shirt with a quote by John Muir that said, “the mountains are calling and I must go.” I knew then I wasn’t the only human with this “flaw”. John Muir obviously knew how I felt. It is part of what I am. Is it a bad thing? Does it make me “bad” that I want to go so bad, that I have this need inside me that it gets to the point that that’s all I can think about? My husband loves the mountains too (he did buy himself the t-shirt!), but I think I fight the call more than he does. Some of the best memories of our married life involved he and I in the mountains together. If you need some suggestions on some fantastic mountain places, check out the National Park website.

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Skyline Trail – Glacier National Park – Montana

 

 

 

Now, it is deep in the summer, and the call from the mountains has become a roar. It’s got me again, and I am going! Any other people out there addicted to mountain landscapes? Leave me a comment below and tell me so. Maybe, if the mountains are calling you, I will find you there!

 

Sandy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Sandy

My life revolves around my faith in Jesus Christ and chasing the dreams I believe He has placed in my heart.

Comments

  1. Your photos are incredible. What a beautiful place!

  2. Alex from Sew, Simmer, and Share says:

    Beautiful pictures!! I’ve been to Yosemite, but never to any of the spots in you posted in Montana. Now you’ve got me dying for a mountain trip!

  3. Your pictures are amazing! Isn’t it something to visit a place like and just have your breathe taken away?

  4. What gorgeous photos! I live on the plains — flat, flat, flat. I love traveling to place with mountains to discover.

  5. I keep feeling a mountainous pull too! I am always drawn to the ocean and the mountains!

  6. Your photos are so beautiful!! I do love the mountains, it’s always a good escape, X

  7. Your photos are out of this world! Reminds me of the instruction books we had in art class

  8. All the pictures are so beautiful. I love going to places with big mountains, somehow they make me feel at peace. 🙂

  9. soulsensecoaching says:

    Your photos are superb, lol, now I want to go to the mountains as well. It’s wonderful that your husband and you share the love of mountains and I think it’s fantastic that he got the T-shirt!

  10. Not necessarily the mountains apart from when I am abroad but I do find that the beach tends to call me. Especially since I was secretly a mermaid in my past life. That being said, my families homeland Madeira is quite mountainous and I do find the mountains call me when I am there. Beautiful photos!

    • I think it is interesting how many of us have a “place” or a setting that calls to us and speaks to our hearts. I have several friends and family members for whom the beach is their place. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting!

  11. beautiful pictures, beautiful place!! Very interesting and visualizer post! I can really say mountains are calling.

  12. This look so much like New Zealand! I just came back from there and it looks exactly like that. Love that mirror image of the mountains.

    • Oh my gosh! New Zealand is SO on my bucket list. The photos I have seen of the NZ mountains make me want to go there. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting

  13. Although we are more beach people but we love being in the mountains too. We like being close to nature, enjoy the calm and serene view. Always leaves us feeling good when we unprocess from the urban life.

    • You are so right – the beauty of nature helps me unwind and “find” myself again. The beach is awesome, too. High on my bucket list are some of those places that combine beach and mountains together.

  14. You definitely have some amazing pictures of mountains here. I know I haven’t done enough of it lately. I think I really need to get back to the mountains.

  15. Being named Sierra I think I was born to love the mountains. Growing up in Washington they were at my finger tips and I spent many winters skiing and playing in the snow and the summers hiking and exploring!

    • What a beautiful name! I love the Sierras, too. How fortunate to grow up in Washington. I grew up in Texas, which is nice in many ways, but lacks a lot for a mountain lover like me.

  16. wow, that Montana sunset is something special! What a beautiful, peaceful place! Something about living near the mountains is so inspiring!

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  17. I think mountains and just the view from the mountain top is super beautiful. That’s why people go hiking, to see this gorgeous and amazing view!

  18. these pictures are breathtaking… Montana has been on my list for quite sometime… this pic made me wanna plan my trip

  19. Any wonder it calls you with those amazing views

  20. That mountain views are incredible! Love nature and hiking a lot 🙂

  21. What beautiful mountain pics. Really amazing!

  22. there’s just something amazing and charming about mountains (i especially love the snowcapped ones) that makes you drawn to them. Taking photographs and timelapses of these mountains would be awesome.

  23. Beautiful photos and message. I went on my trip to “the wilderness” this year — both spiritually and physically, though I did spend a lot of time in cities. I can’t tell you how important it is to connect with whatever we each think is “divine” by getting out into nature. The mountains in particular feel particularly sacred to me. The mountains are calling, indeed!

  24. I’m a country girl and looking st your photos (which are simply amazing) makes me want to run to the mountains

  25. Love the mountains!

  26. I’m a big fan of hiking and the outdoors. Would love to explore this part of the world.

  27. When the Mountains call, the call must be answered. And when the mountains are so beautiful, it will be foolish to leave the call unanswered. Beautiful pictures.

  28. This mountain view looks amazing! On my bucketlist 🙂

  29. omg this is incredible!and i love the nature and mountain

  30. Wow, those are incredible photos of nature. I am just not sure how I can handle the climate. I am tropical girl.

    • Thank you, Charity! For us it is really nice to experience some cooler weather during our hot Texas summers. It is an experience, for sure!

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