Amy from the blog – The World is a Book… – is hosting this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #222 and she has chosen a topic I am all too familiar with – Mountains are calling and boy, are they calling!
Living in the intermountain west region of the U.S, I am not only landlocked but I am also surrounded by mountains. This is what I see each time I step out my front door, well on a winter day anyway.
Then it’s just a matter of bypassing a few neighborhoods and crossing a highway before reaching the base of this mountain. From there, I can just park the car and get a glimpse of the city.
On a clear winter day in early February, you can see all the way to the mountains to the west as well as the Great Salt Lake as well as the Bonneville Salt Flat. The white stuff is salt, not snow. 😄Then on one of those long summer days that feels like the sun will never set, drive about 5 minutes northward from this spot to catch the sun setting to the west.
Honestly, I don’t remember how I became attracted to nature. As a child, I hated doing exercise. You couldn’t get me to walk 100 steps to take out the trash let alone go walk a few laps around the track in the gym. I hated feeling out of breath, hated that it took me a long time to recover, hated the muscle aches, and hated being sweaty and stinky. For some strange reason though, I decided to go for a hike 6 years ago and got addicted to nature ever since.
This is Snowbasin, about a 30 minutes drive for me. I’ve hiked this 3-mile trail at least once a year since probably 2017 with the exception of this year as I couldn’t get anyone to hike with me and wasn’t allowed to hike alone. I love the view during spring and fall, which are two times I’d go hiking ever since I learned my skin burn easily during summer even with SPF 100. So you won’t find me on the trail in June, July, and possibly August.
After exploring the mountains up north for the last few years, I decided to change direction and head southeastward in 2022 where the scenery seems different and somehow, more beautiful than the mountains up north. Perhaps the mountains up north are growing on me, getting boring?
It was in this region of the state I found my all-time favorite spot.
I feel there are still plenty of nooks and crannies to explore in this region and I hope I will get to do more exploration in this region in 2023.