While on holiday or vacation, how do you choose what sights to see? Reading through bundles of accordion-folded brochures, my fingers brush over glossy pictures of scenic images. Where should I go? What do you recommend? So much to see…so little time.
The drive is only a short distance from the villa my husband and I share with good friends. Stopping to speak to the Gatekeeper, a nice middle-aged man wearing a copper cap atop his balding head, we’re directed toward the “Cougar” lot. “There it is,” I exclaim! An outline in bright green tells me so with a paw of claws to the left. Crunching sounds are heard beneath the weight of our mini-van from stones of crushed quartz together with variegated granite.
No sight of a genuine “Cougar.” It’s safe to jump out! Skipping to climb stairs and steps in sets of three or four, suddenly it’s time to rest. Whew…hard to breathe for me. The air is different here.
Crisp and clean, but thinner. One-two-three, short breaths for me. A voice booms loud over an unseen speaker, startling me. “Departure!” It’s time to catch a free ride on the aerial tramway. Soon we’ll be pulled all the way up to the tip of majestic mountain before me. I see it standing stately in the background sky of royal blue.
Along the way my eyes of wide glance side to side and all around looking out a glass balloon floating on wires of two. My mouth drops open, agape in awe. Yes, I do realize what I’m looking at, yet my mind is having trouble catching up. I’m spinning together with the mountain top around me. Up-up-up we go all the way to the top of God’s wilderness where we stop at 8,500 feet.
Heaven on Earth….
Copyright Kim Gosselin