More Majestic Mountains

As Icelandic writer Olaf Olafsson says in his 2019 novel The Sacrament, “For mountains to stand out there must be plains”. Plains can be rather dull for travelers to cross. Remember central Illinois and eastern Nebraska? I recall a real sense of enduring these plains because I knew there were mountains at their end. Mountains appeal to travelers, even those who don’t ski. Earlier this week, I wrote a blog called “Mountains Matter” about some of the high elevation places that have meant something to me. Travelers like me love to go to mountains.

Mountains have been historically important too. Elephants from North Africa crossed mountains to attack the Roman Empire. Lewis and Clark’s adventures while exploring the newly bought Louisiana Territory for President Jefferson involved crossing and conquering many mountains. In fact, when they reached the end of this Purchase they finally had to abandon their winter retreat in the weather-exposed north coastal mountains just beyond the Astoria-Megler Bridge pictured at the top to spend the winter on the South Coast at slightly inland Fort Clatsop. I love crossing the Megler Bridge!

Other mountains that have personal meaning for me are in Idaho, British Columbia, and Colorado. We went to northern Idaho to see spectacular Priest Lake because a friend of Ruth’s spent childhood summers there. That’s Idaho but not Priest Lake just above. The Uncle of the man we stayed with at the Vatican made a career out of painting all of the Colorado mountains more than 14,000 feet tall. That’s Independence Pass mentioned in “Mountains Matter” pictured above the old-fashioned train above, and the source of the Columbia River in the mountains of eastern British Columbia just below.

If you want to see some of the most gorgeous mountains in the world go to the Kootenay region of this Canadian Province and explore outstanding mountain majesty. Don’t miss the towns of Fernie and Nelson, and go west to Whistler.


About roads-rus

Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roads-rus

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