Our latest trip to Rocky Mountain National Park was all about the energy. From sunset to sunrise [literally, we camped overnight], the change of the colors brought with it an amazing sensation of energy that seemed to woo us into a profound relaxed state. But not only us, the environment itself, the wildlife…it all changes as the day gives way to the night in the evening, and again in the morning as night gives way to the day. It is these sensitive moments of waxing and waning that get our attention as you can just feel the energy shifting as the celestial powers that be merge and yield to one another. We seem to find much more life in these moments than any other time of day.
After an amazing sunrise, we were dead set on getting on the trail early. There are so many trails to hike in RMNP, it may indeed take us several years to get through all of them. On this day however, only one would do, Deer Mountain, a 6 mile out and back trail that takes you from 8,930′ to 10,013′ and through several diverse landscapes, including [yes] a still snow covered trail. But enough of the boring stats, the trail affords incredible views of RMNP that can take your breath away! Each turn is a discovery all unto itself, as the views change from one mountain range to the next, far off places are put into perspective and you literally find yourself standing at the edge in awe of the landscape before you. Deer Mountain is a must for the adventurer who wants to get to know RMNP well, as a central peak you can see 360 degrees from its summit and plan your next adventure, not to mention get a good feel of the lay of the land, important to know if you ever get turned around.
Did we say snow? Yep, still hanging around, and will probably do so well into June as more snow is predicted as we write! But, let’s be honest, as beautiful as it looks, it’s even more so in person. The camera is just incapable of capturing in full not only what we see, but more so, what we feel. Again, there’s an energy that accompanies hiking in the high country, as well as anywhere else we’ve been. From the high mountains, to the plains and to the coast, to surround oneself with nature is to cleanse the soul of the impurities of everyday life. We’ve hiked in many different climates and landscapes and still find them all to hold a common experience. Peaceful and tranquil are only words, words that can only desperately attempt to describe what is…and ‘what is’ is something that I would say is unable to describe the pure energy that is only seen and felt by the soul. Our eyes see the trail and its surroundings, but beyond that, differing results are accompanied via our heart, mind and soul. We are always commenting on the trail that snow seems to have a cleansing affect in more ways than one. Our minds tell us how good this is for nurturing the environment, whereas our hearts skip a beat in excitement of the challenge and adventure, all the while our souls grapples with them both and seeks to bring harmony as to just be in the moment.
Put down your watch and live in the moment. There are places on this earth that just command us to stop and allow for the moment to fill us. Recharge if you will, but needless to say, we don’t take heed of this as much as we should in our busy day to day lives of just trying to get through life. But, honestly, which one is life…the day to day drudgeries that we have so commonly laden ourselves with in pursuit of life, or is it life that is already staring at us, under our noses begging for attention? Staring into the eyes of your own children, our pets, a loved one and yes, standing at the edge of a mountain looking at life from above…there is a whole world of wonder in those places that we believe hold ‘real life’ as we desire it. Perhaps this is why we hike often and yet, not often enough!
We truly love scrambling up to higher places, perhaps it’s the challenge, or perhaps it’s the adventurer in us [probably both]. But, indeed we feel such places offer the best views and moments of solitude. It’s funny how each of us finds that solitude in the same place though. While one can sit peacefully and quietly, another tends to explore further within the space, climbing here and there to find more uncharted views. It seems relaxation comes in various packages, tapping it and experiencing it might just be the key, whereas actually allowing yourself to engage it is something of an art form. Dream a little, relax a little, but do take time and let go, there’s a whole world of wonder happening all around us begging for the energy of the moment to capture your attention…Hike On, Peacefully 🙂