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Ramblings,  Travels

The Tale of the Mountain Snobs

Once upon a time, there was a girl who grew up in the mountains of New York. She loved them, and they were hers.

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The girl lived in the Shawangunk Mountains every summer growing up
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Part trail runner, part climber, part mountain goat

Then one day, she took a trip to Colorado. And the mountains there were majestic. They had snow and peaks that touched the clouds, and they enchanted her.

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Giant mountain

So when her time came to get married, the girl took her boy back to those big, magical mountains in Colorado, where he fell under their spell, too.

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Mountain lake wedding

And enchanted they stayed for many years. Every chance they got, the girl and the boy ventured to those big mountains.

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Crystal-clear waters

They hiked them.

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Slept in them.

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North Fork Cascade, Grand Tetons National Park

Photographed them.

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Banff National Park

And they were theirs.

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Bear Lake, RMNP

The girl and the boy lived in Alabama, near so many pretty, closer mountains. But those mountains weren’t good enough.

They were short.

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Baby mountain

They didn’t touch the clouds.

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Need a step stool there, friends?

And they had no snow.

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Are those even peaks?

So they were never visited. Everything east of the Mississippi was scoffed at, looked over, forgotten about.

But then one day, the girl and the boy decided to pay the Great Smoky Mountains a visit. And they soon realized that these mountains were magical too.

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Ok, this view from the tent doesn’t suck

They were green.

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The Secret Garden

And mossy.

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Campsite sunrise

And bald.

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You can borrow my hat, Jane

And had views forever.

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Looking out into Tennessee

The girl couldn’t believe that she had never given these mountains a chance. They too held adventures, and were only a short drive away.

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Lunch and a nap

All those years, the mountains east of the Mississippi had been ignored. But it was finally time to make up for lost moments.

And so new states were visited.

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Oh hey there, Cloudland Canyon in Georgia

New trails were explored.

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Finding elevation wherever we can

And new dirt was slept on.

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Great Smoky sleeping

These mountains were not giants, but they were enough. And the girl and the boy were reminded that all mountains are worthy of love.

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New mountain friends

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