Travel Theme: Magnificent Mountains

In Canada we have many types of mountains… Growing up the Niagara Escarpment was ‘the mountain’ to me. It was steep and big especailly when you were little. People in my small town referred to it as the ‘mountain’. You either lived on the mountain, in town, or by the lake.Comparitively it is an anthill when you look at Canada’s other mountain ranges.

Part of the Niagara Escarpment. Photo Credit: Flickr.com

           Part of the Niagara Escarpment.                Photo Credit: Flickr.com

Each summer we went out East to visit family and drove along the Cabot Trail, part of the Appalachian Mountains. They were much bigger than our mountain. The twists and turns along a steep windy road was scary due to the stories from family and many a close call of accidents and near misses. The endless view from the rolling hills of the ocean where it meets the blue sky is worth the trip.

The Winding Roads along the steep cliffs of "Smokey".Photo Credit: Flickr.com

The Winding Roads along the steep cliffs of “Smokey”.
Photo Credit: Flickr.com

We are also home to the Rocky Mountains to our West. My first trip West was in 2004. The mountains and fresh pine air was amazing. Banff and Lake Louise, divine. I returned in 2007 and we did a small road trip through the Rockies along the Alberta and British Columbia border. It was late April and into early May. To my surprise I awoke to a fluffy snowfall and was amazed to see snow when at home it was 15 degrees warmer. In the foothills it was warmer and as we drove higher we had snow, lower rain. On the East of the Rockies we had snow and rain, but when we crossed over onto the West side we had clear skies and sunshine. Due to their size the Rockies affect the weather 🙂

Thanks to Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack for this week’s theme.

Stay tuned….

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6 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Magnificent Mountains

  1. I’ve never seen huge mountains, except the Himalayas and Alps in the far distance from planes. What we have here are just little hills compared to yours!

  2. Freda Goulet

    Thanks, Diana, for the reminder of our mountains…one of the things we take for granted when we see them every day. I have not seen the Rockies, but I know it would be difficult to surpass the beauty of Cape Smokey jutting into the sparkling blue Atlantic!

    • Yes Smokey is a place with incredible view. and hard to beat. The Rockies have their own beauty too with their snow caps, endless evergreens and surreal sparking saffire lakes.

  3. Nice! I remember as a kid when I first saw the Rockies (Colorado). I thought they were clouds. I had been used to the Appalachians.

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