Rocky Mountain High

The best place to be in the entire world is climbing up the side of a mountain in Colorado. Period. The exciting rush of feelings that engulf your body when you are making your way to the top are intense in themselves, but just taking a minute to stop and soak in the moment of where exactly you are brings about a whole new high that just can’t be beat anywhere else on this earth. You seat yourself on one of the many rocks around you at about 13,000 feet and take a moments rest. As you look down from where you came from, you begin to slowly take in the amazing view placed before you. Down a thousand feet or so, you see some of the bluest and clearest lakes for miles. About one or two of them, hanging around timberline, untouched and as pure as they were a hundred years ago. Lower still, you look down onto the valley, where the packed in, sweeping pine trees form a sea of dark green that only give way to a far off remote dirt road spiraled out like a string across the valley. Then you take a look up, and at least for that very moment, you are gazing at the most beautiful snow-capped mountain peaks you have ever seen in your life, thrusting their way up into the cloudless sky. Surely beating any scenic mountain postcard or photo taken with even the utmost care. You look beside you and glance upon a lone, tiny flower struggling to stay alive in a sea of rocks and boulders so far from any other living thing at such a high altitude. And you listen. The dead silence is only broken by the gentle wind breaking past your ear, or your own deep breaths grasping at the cool, thin air. Not one car, plane, building, housing development, highway, or human being ever reaches your eyes or ears. They are miles and miles away as if packed away in a box and placed in the basement. It’s just you and the world as it was meant to be seen, no one or nothing else. You just sit there, on your rock, and take in the moment that could easily last forever and you wouldn’t give it a second thought. All the problems that plague everyday life are gone and put on hold for just that single perfect moment. And there was never any place where you thought you could be totally happy.

Rocky Mountain High

Eli Schlagel

Parker, United States

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