Overwhelmed, stupefied, awe-struck are just a few adjectives that I can conjure up in my mind every time I see this natural wonder, just like it was the very first time a few years ago when I first visited Mt Rainier. I felt overwhelmed with the breath-taking scenery. Overwhelmed with the serenity of the sound of the waterfalls. Overwhelmed with the beauty of the valleys and cascades surrounding the mountain, meandering and making it’s way around the tall and majestic structure. Overwhelmed with the sheer grandeur of Mt Rainier itself.
Over the course of three years I have visited Mt Rainier three times, and each experience has been equally exhilarating. Having visited for a third time recently, it was only natural that with my first post I wanted to share my experiences at Mt Rainier when I decided to start blogging again (Blame one of my closest friends for that). Surprisingly, when I started writing I went completely blank -not because of the lack of content to write, but on the contrary, due to the abundance of thoughts and inexplicable feelings attached with my experiences at Mt Rainier. Overwhelmed with inexplicable feelings.
I guess I can write pages and pages on the splendor and austerity of Mt Rainier, but lets save that for some time later. This is about what makes Mount Rainier a special place to me, draws me towards it again and again and why I am in love … yes love….with Mt Rainier!!
With every visit I get transported into a different time, a time before the advancement of technology when there were no cell phones, email messages, chats or any means of digital communications. Life seemed so simple! In nature’s lap, cut off from any distractions, I get to spend the “me” time that I otherwise can’t in the cacophony of daily hustle bustle. No rush, no calls to answer, no emails or messages to reply to, just soak in nature’s beauty. Hearing my own heartbeat in the dense silence of the wilderness makes me feel more alive than ever. Amongst the peace, calmness and austerity of the mountains, there are moments in which the past and the future become non-existent. Sheer bliss and freedom.
The majestic aura of the mountains are awe inspiring and I cannot help but wonder at the magnanimity and the creative genius of the Almighty. At the risk of sounding cheesy, these remind me of some of the best Indian movies (popularly known as Bollywood movies) that were shot in such wonderful locales. Google “DDLJ Switzerland shooting locations” and you’ll know what I am referring to here provided you understand the context! 😉
My love affair with the majestic mountain is just the beginning and is not going to go away anytime soon but just grow over time.
Have you visited the mountain yet and what has been your experience? If you haven’t yet, time to pack your bags and go on an exciting randezvous with the awesomeness – Mount Rainier.