The Mountains are Calling

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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?

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