Sunday, December 11th is International Mountain Day.
Coming from California, where we were surrounded by mountains daily, to Nova Scotia, where we are surrounded by ocean but without a mountain in sight, was a bit of a shock. It made us realize how much we took mountains and all they provided for granted.
Mountains provided everything from grand views, to beautiful hikes, to ski slopes a few hours away from the sunny beach. Beyond the beauty and recreational benefits of the mountains, they also provided many practical things such the replenishment of the watershed, a sanctuary for wildlife, and acted as a barrier for pollution... good or bad depending on your side of the mountain, we were on the good side in that respect.
We have to travel far to get up high now but when we do my son always exclaims, "Look at the great view!" Indeed, it is something to stop and take notice of.
Do have a love for mountains too? What do they mean to you?