Why Do You Climb Mountains?

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir

“Ambal, tell me again, why do you have trudge up these hills and mountains? Why do you go on these high-altitude hikes? What is up there?”

It is difficult to answer this question. There is so many dimensions to climbing.

Here is one of the answers – Visual Treat.

Check out this short 360-degree view from Clouds Rest at 9,931 ft. Sorry about the shaky phone video – the winds were quite strong.

This is what it really takes to climb any mountain (both the real and the metaphorical). Put one foot in front of another. And, repeat. - Ambal Balakrishnan

Climbing North Peak in Mt. Diablo State Park

Kumar and I hiked North Peak in Mt. Diablo State Park today.

It was a hot day and the hike was not easy. But, the beautiful views of the valley below kept me going.

I felt on top of the world.

This is what it really takes to climb any mountain (both the real and the metaphorical). Put one foot in front of another. And, repeat.

Trip to Canada and Seattle

Kumar and I hiked, biked and walked through Seattle and Canada(Vancouver, Whistler, Victoria, Sooke and adjacent towns) in the last few days.

There are no words to capture all the natural beauty, the man made wonders and the rich cultural history through which we took a fast paced tour.

I will sum up the trip (as I always do after every trip) with the following words:

2 eyes and 1 lifetime is not enough to see all the beauty of this planet that we call home.

The camera doesn’t do justice at all to the wonder we felt. However, Kumar and I tried our best to capture all the wonder we felt through digital images.

I am sure you will enjoy viewing these pictures as much as we enjoyed clicking these pictures.

I will leave you with a few lines from a Tamil song –
Poovukkul Olinthirukkum Kanikkoottam Adhisayam,
Vannaththu Poochchigalinmael Oaviyangal Adhisayam,
Thulaisellum Kaatru Mellisaiyaadhal Adhisayam,
Gurunaadhar Illaadha Kuyil Paattu Adhisayam

Translated into English these lines mean the following:
Fruits hidden within flowers are a wonder,
Paintings on a butterfly wings are a wonder,
Music created by wind going through a small hole is a wonder,
Cuckoo(that has no music teacher)’s song is a wonder