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Old 11-17-2009, 06:52 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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There is nothing more exhilirating than to place the first footprint in newfallen snow...or to ski down a mountain and let the wind hit your cheeks and make 'em all pink.....the air is crisp...the snow is clean....fresh.....sparkly in the sun....pristine......and water if you are thirsty!
Obviously, you have never sat on the beach at sunset breathing in the warm, salt breeze. Pity.

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Old 11-19-2009, 08:15 AM
 
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I have spent many mornings sitting on my board just after sunrise off the coast of Folly Beach. I love it.

But nothing beats summiting your first 14er, skinning up a new peak and skiing fresh pow for 4000 uninterrupted vertical feet, or enjoying a lazy summer afternoon enjoying the wild flowers in Crested Butte before you hit up some great single track.

It's OK, it doesn't need to be a heated contest, both are great. But you really need to experience it. Walking around Estes Park isn't going to cut it.

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Obviously, you have never sat on the beach at sunset breathing in the warm, salt breeze. Pity.

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Old 11-19-2009, 10:42 AM
 
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I have spent many mornings sitting on my board just after sunrise off the coast of Folly Beach. I love it.

But nothing beats summiting your first 14er, skinning up a new peak and skiing fresh pow for 4000 uninterrupted vertical feet, or enjoying a lazy summer afternoon enjoying the wild flowers in Crested Butte before you hit up some great single track.

It's OK, it doesn't need to be a heated contest, both are great. But you really need to experience it. Walking around Estes Park isn't going to cut it.
From the sound of her handle and the tone of her previous posts, I get the feeling that Branson has a hard time getting herself up a flight of stairs, much less to the summit of a 14er. I really don't mean that as an attack, and if I'm wrong, please correct me. The mountains are not for everyone and if you have a hard time really getting up into them then, yeah, they might seem pretty boring, since they tend to move no faster than a fraction of an inch per year.

I agree that it does not have one or another. I grew up on the beach and loved it. Now I love living on the edge of the mountains in an entirely different, but oddly parallel, way.
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:07 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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From the sound of her handle and the tone of her previous posts, I get the feeling that Branson has a hard time getting herself up a flight of stairs, much less to the summit of a 14er. I really don't mean that as an attack, and if I'm wrong, please correct me. The mountains are not for everyone and if you have a hard time really getting up into them then, yeah, they might seem pretty boring, since they tend to move no faster than a fraction of an inch per year.

I agree that it does not have one or another. I grew up on the beach and loved it. Now I love living on the edge of the mountains in an entirely different, but oddly parallel, way.
I have not hiked a mountain lately but when I lived in Durango back in the day, I acquiesced to see what all the excitement was about. It was *not* a 14er, by the way, but it was a respectable hike, nevertheless. I just did not care for it one bit. First of all, I am not an outdoor person by nature. When I was a child being sent outdoors was a punishment! But the hike, the mountains, etc., did nothing for me. Sorry. It's boring and just no fun.

I am a person who likes to sit on the beach with a couple of cold beers and listen to the waves, watch the seagulls, enjoy the warm, relaxing feeling of the sun on my skin. Even catching a snooze if I am so inclined. I was raised that when you are doing something and your heart starts pounding, you sit down. I do not find any enjoyment at all in "working up a sweat" like many outdoor enthusiasts do.

So maybe it is just a question of what we consider to be fun. To me, recreation=relaxation, not a workout. I realize that other people have different values, and that's cool. But to me Colorado and the mountains were not fun, and not even particularly interesting to look at. Perhaps the OP is of the same mindset, I don't know. Diff'rent strokes.

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Old 11-19-2009, 01:37 PM
 
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My hiking days are behind me ( a crush injury to lower back- will never carry a backpack again or walk/be upright long distances) but I like the relaxtion Branson describes, but while looking at the mountains. Just how my mind relaxes and stretches to their size and distances.
I have lost interest in the ocean after years in New England (no surf!) and bizarre nightmares of rogue waves and tsunami. When I grew up in south Jersey, besides being an hour's drive and a way to cut school, there was surf. Lots of development along the beaches, but surf, with that wonderful sound (and warmer water than rocky, sullen New England with its harbors).
As they say, different strokes. Leaves more mountains for me and more ocean for others.
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:17 AM
 
Location: on an island
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I don't think it's either/or (mountains/ocean). Colorado has the highest number of scuba divers per capita despite being landlocked. Scuba divers have a love for the ocean (or they wouldn't be out there exploring it all over the world). I agree it's certainly a calling.....but not the kind of calling you may think. It's a calling for peace, beauty, nature, silence.
According to the Rocky Mountain News, Colorado is #6 in the nation, but it does not surprise me to hear that there are many scuba divers there. Obviously these Coloradans love the water, and seek it.
My husband got certified in Denver, but of course he was bitten by the diving bug in the sea, far away from Colorado.
I agree that the calling is for peace, beauty, nature and the reflection that can only come from silence.
I also agree that it does not have to be either/or, but for us, a couple weeks of ocean a year was not enough, and because of that and other reasons, we chose to leave.
There are all kinds of natural beauty to experience. One is not better than the other.
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Old 11-23-2009, 08:36 AM
 
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I heavily agree. Getting away our every day life routines is good for the body and soul. Take the time to enjoy the beauty of the nation.
It is almost like a home-remedy for the blues. try it and I guarantee it will work. Just got to give it a chance.


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Ever hear of Mtn. Biking, Trail Running, Whitewater Boating, Jeeping, Hunting, Mountaineering, Paragliding, Snow Boarding, Downhill Skiing, Apline Skiing or Canoeing? These are some of the many activities that people do in the mountains, besides just looking at them from a car or on an easy nature trail



To me, being in the Mountains is more about solitude than anything else. I am the type of person who NEEDS some quality time to meditate and get away from people and the overall pressures of life. The best way I've found to do that is to go hiking and/or running through the nearby hills here. I would not trade that in for anything in this world. If you're the type of person who prefers con stant stimulation, then perhaps a crowded beach area is better suited for you.
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Old 11-23-2009, 08:37 AM
 
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I can see your point.
Out great nation has many beautiful places to enjoy.
And only you will know what suits you best.

Have a good day all!!



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According to the Rocky Mountain News, Colorado is #6 in the nation, but it does not surprise me to hear that there are many scuba divers there. Obviously these Coloradans love the water, and seek it.
My husband got certified in Denver, but of course he was bitten by the diving bug in the sea, far away from Colorado.
I agree that the calling is for peace, beauty, nature and the reflection that can only come from silence.
I also agree that it does not have to be either/or, but for us, a couple weeks of ocean a year was not enough, and because of that and other reasons, we chose to leave.
There are all kinds of natural beauty to experience. One is not better than the other.
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Old 11-23-2009, 11:51 AM
 
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Saw some white-topped mountains in a documentary about the Blackfeet Indians on PBS. Thrilled to the sight of that particular kind of mountain. It's just something chemical.
I think most people enjoy the sight of beauty in nature. Just some sights hit some of us stronger and for different reasons, who knows why? I just hope those sights continue/are protected so we can enjoy their timeless beauty.
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Old 11-24-2009, 08:44 AM
 
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If you have to ask, you probably won't "get it" even with explanation.
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