The Trip of my Life
The best trip I have ever taken thus far in my life is when my family and I took a trip out west to see the rocky mountains two years ago. There were lots of things that made this trip fantastic, but the main thing that would always humble me is how small I would feel next to the ginormous masses of land surrounding me in every direction. The way I experienced my first time in the mountains shocked me multiple times.
We initially flew into Calgary which was still a drive away from the mountains so the first time I was amazed by the sheer size of them was driving up and seeing the flat land become taken over by what could only be described as a tsunami wave of rocks. It was just a wall of mountains for as far as the eye could see, but what we were soon to find out is that the mountains within the middle of the rockies are unparalleled in size compared to the outer ones. This again, humbled me into just sitting and staring in awe as the mountains disappeared into the clouds. These clouds provided us with our third shocking experience of the vast size of the mountains. After a night’s rest, my brother and I were awoken by my mother who had just come in from the hotel balcony in astonishment. After coming to our senses, we took a step out onto the balcony in our underpants and realised just how much of the mountains surrounding us were hidden by the clouds the night before. In all honesty, I was frightened for a bit to think that such masses were next door to where I slept and I hadn’t noticed. It’s not typically what comes to mind first, but the silence and stillness that is presented by the largest phenomenon you’ve ever laid your eyes on gives you the perception of just how powerful our little world is.
In addition to the unforgettable lesson of how small everyone and everything is in comparison the the grand scheme of things, the remainder of the trip was also exceptional. Seeing all the most photographed lakes from the 76 million year old, 4800 kilometer long mountain range and going to the most visited glacier in North America was definitely the experience of a lifetime and I would do anything to go back. Above is a picture of me looking out to Moraine Lake, which is the lake that was once featured on the Canadian $20 bill.