Who doesn’t love adventure? Ever since I was a little girl, I loved everything about the excitement found in adventure, at times creating my own ideal experiences in my mind, many of them while I was busy playing with one of my favorite dolls, Barbie , who just so happened to be traveling to some of the most exotic locations in the world with her younger sister, Skipper.
Of course when I got older, I began seeking REAL adventure any way I could – many times ending up in some of the most beautiful locations here in the United States, such as the many times I have enjoyed the pristine beauty and exciting adventure found in exploring some of the most beautiful mountain ranges found in the U.S.
And still to this day, one of my all time favorite travel destinations is to the mountains – ANYWHERE in the mountains.
Many areas of the United States are widely known for their breathtakingly beautiful mountain views which instantly make one wish they lived there full time – all year round.
Some of the most beautiful mountainous areas of the United States are filled with an abundance of wildlife (both big and small), majestic mountain ranges and peaks, lush mountain valleys, colorful wildflowers and plants, gorgeous clear lakes, breathtaking waterfalls, pure springs and bubbling brook waters, and much more.
With well over 300 miles of natural pristine hiking trails, Rocky Mountain National Park – located in the state of Colorado – is absolutely lovely, a great place to explore the many different mountain views, hiking trails and low valleys, as well as enjoy watching and learning first hand about many various different mountain animals and other wildlife while in their natural habitat.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll ABSOLUTELY love and learn to really appreciate the fact that once you get into the thickly treed parks or in any of the other mountainous areas, there is no phone or internet service – which is really NOT a bad thing because it leaves you with more than enough time to become completely mesmerized by the surroundings while exploring the area any way you can.
Being virtually surrounded by so much raw nature and wilderness provides you with an absolutely incredible perspective on how amazing and beautiful nature really is and how very small we are in comparison to all God has created.
And yet…every time you wake to see the breathtaking views of the snow capped mountains which are spread out in all their glory – filling the view before you for as far as the eye can see – you somehow feel as big as the mountains before you – as though the power found in their presence has been a part of you for all of your life.
Day break in the mountains and valleys bring with it not only a new day, but also a new adventure starting with the many different ‘critters’ which come to life at the first sign of the sun’s rising. From mule deer, elk and massive moose to scampering mountain squirrels, raccoons and chipmunks, there is never a shortage of the wildlife you will see while in the mountains.
Night time in the mountains is even more captivating, with its sudden change from the quietness of the day to the cheerful sounds of dozens of crickets chirping, frogs croaking and birds getting in the last of their songs for the day.
Along with the many beautiful sounds of evening comes the overwhelming view above as you look upon the thousands of stars in the sky – all seeming to be so close that you feel as though you can simply reach up and take hold of them and pull them to your side.
The views in the sky at night are not just breathtaking in themselves, but are bound to bring you to a greater appreciation for all that is created around you in nature.
Whether staying in a rustic cabin, luxurious mountain chalet, or ‘roughing it’ in a tent beside the still waters of a calm mountain lake, there is no experience quite like the mountains.
Can you picture YOUR great mountain adventure?
Below is some helpful information to help you enjoy your unique travel experience while in the mountains:
Packing For Camping – Food, Drinks and Snacks
Packing For Camping – Clothing and Accessories
Information on Altitude Sickness (Mountain Sickness)
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