Thursday, September 13, 2012
We took the Auto Toll Road to the top of the mountain. Twenty-seven dollars to drive to the top. I thought "no way do we need to do this for twenty-seven dollars. This is ridiculous!"
It was a narrow dirt road - in many places there was room for maybe a car and a half. Yikes! It was very bumpy so we made our way up slowly, very slowly. Around the hair pin turns, pulling over here and there when there was a safe place to stop and enjoy the view. I took as many pictures as I could along the way.
There was a chapel part way up the road. A chapel, where people actually brave this narrow mountain road to attend services! And what a beauty it was!
As we made our way further and further to the top, the views of the mountains and the valley below became more and more spectacular.
When we reached the top and walked to the edge, we just stood and looked and said not a word. It was simply amazing. What we noticed the most was the quiet. Silence. No horns beeping, no traffic noise. Nothing. But. Quiet.
We sat at the edge on a large, flat rock. We just sat and looked and took it all in. And as I sat there I felt so relaxed. So calm. My mind, that is usually racing with all of the things I need to remember and do, was quiet. These beautiful surroundings had quieted even MY mind! I've never been one to be able to meditate. To quiet my mind and just "be." But there I was - just "being."
I felt truly connected. With all of the beautiful nature surrounding me. And to myself. It was a long, bumpy road to reach my quiet, meditative moment, but it was worth it. Twenty-seven dollars suddenly seemed not so ridiculous after all.
And when you're eye level with the big, fluffy clouds, it makes you realize just how small you are in the whole scheme of things. And how simply spectacular Mother Nature is.
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." - John Muir -
Please share your photos with us in our flickr group as you "connect" this month. With such a broad theme, it's fun to see everyone's interpretations!