From cool, to beauty, to fury………..

Slide 2 of 10: LINWOOD, KS - MAY 28: Rain obscures the view of a tornado on May 28, 2019 in Lawrence, Kansas. The Midwest has seen extensive severe weather this spring with widespread flooding and multiple tornadoes. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775348161 ORIG FILE ID: 1146801673

Close Encounters of the third kind? More like Close Encounter with Mother Nature is more like it. Yes these clouds are cool looking, but they truly show how, that Mother Nature can go from total beauty, to total destruction in the blink of an eye. Never cross Mother Nature as she can totally unleash her fury on everything around her and nothing will stop her.

I have hiked Mount Washington in New Hampshire many times and with those times, I have seen as well the true beauty that mountain holds, plus all the different weather conditions that cruise over the summit of the mountain. Those weather conditions are the actions of Mother Nature flexing her muscles, changing the landscape of the Earth, by washing and cleaning all that we see and all that is around us. A lot of the change that comes to us, as we walk our paths of this journey, comes directly from Mother Nature, those Tulips you planted from a seed in your garden and are now in full bloom as a beautiful flower, that is directly from Mother Nature, as she has watered with the tear drops from heaven, or for you and me, the rain that is raining upon the Earth during the month of April.

Mother Nature is full of many changes all around us, some come with great destruction, as well as some with the soft touch of love, showing her true beauty to us all. When you get out and explore all that Mother Nature has in store for us, you can come to appreciate all that is around you better, so when you see the destructive part of Mother Nature, you than can come to respect her just as well, knowing that in an instant, all that you have can be wiped clear, as you then start anew, along your path of this journey through life.

Just as Mother Nature can flip that switch of being so beautiful one minute, we to can flip that same switch the next minute and as we see what we see around us today, you can clearly see we have lost control of that switch, with all the ugliness and hatred around us, which is similar to the wrath of Mother Nature, unleashing that beauty into an all out fury, on whatever is in her way, we do the same thing on each other and we don’t even know we are doing it, until we wake up and realize of what we are doing. The actions of mother nature and the actions of each of us, are all part of this journey, we just have to know when to get out and explore all that is around us, so we than can have a deep respect for what is around us, without not truly seeing and feeling what is around us, then taking an action of destruction, instead an action of love, showing the true beauty that is truly around us.

” The beauty is right there in front of us, we need to get out and explore to truly see it”

” The many faces of mother nature, just like the many faces of each of us”

” Mother Nature knows when to unleash her fury as she washes and cleans all that is around us”

” Unlike mother nature we have lost control of that switch, which we can clearly see by all the ugliness and hatred all around us”

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The Majestic………The Grand

                Every time I look at this hotel, I think about Stephen King’s the shining, a glamorous but yet old hotel rich in history. This hotel has been around as long as I can remember. The only thing though, I have never stayed at this hotel, when I wander up that way, I am usually staying at one of the mountain huts, or within a tent set up at my base camp, for a good nights rest by night and a good hike throughout the daylight hours.  I am sure this hotel, known as the Mount Washington hotel, has it’s own stories to tell, just like the hotel in the movie the shining, plus they both have something in common and that is, they both are surrounded by beautiful mountains and fresh air.                    When I was younger and hiking through these great mountains by day and staying within the huts on the mountains by night, the crew at these huts would embark in an after dinner story telling time and usually these stories were of the Ghost story kind, now whether these stories were fact or fiction? is totally up to the ones listening. With as old as the Mount Washington is, I am sure it to has it’s own Ghost stories to tell. Maybe one day I will stay at this hotel and totally take in the full ambiance of the hotel, including listening to the hotel itself and what it has to say, including all the old structures with it’s crackling and squeal of the hinges, when you open and close the door, but maybe the maintenance man has been busy with the grease, greasing up the old parts of the hotel?                       These mountains in the back drop of this grand hotel are part of the Presidential range, within the white mountains of New Hampshire, with all the mountains on the range being named after past Presidents and yes of course, Mount Washington is the tallest at 6,288 feet right behind the grandest of hotels in the area. The white mountains are like a second home to me, as I have hiked quite a few of them, I am also very close to being able to say I have hiked all the mountains in New Hampshire over 4,000 feet, with only five peaks left. True…………..yes I am getting older, but this beauty within these mountains, is what keeps me young and what keeps me healthy everyday. Now that don’t mean I don’t have aches and pains, especially with all the miles I have acquired on my feet, but it is good aches and pain, as I totally enjoy being outside and one with Mother Nature.                         I have also lived in Colorado for a few years and yes it is an awesome place to live, while you also explore the back country of the state. I would either take trips in my 4×4  up some quite steep and rural mountain passes, or I would set base camp and take on some great hiking as well, where I have been at the highest of my lifetime so far at 14,500 feet, up a mountain named, mount Albert. Totally different than the White mountains, each has their own beauty, as they to, like we Humans are very unique to each other. You can not compare one to another, as they both are very special places to me and within my heart forever, which no one can take that from me. We all have our own special places that we hold dear, these places may mean nothing to others, but to us………..ourselves, they mean the world us and no one can take these places from us. Plus as we walk our paths through this journey of life and with all the ups and downs of the journey, we can in our minds go back to these places, to truly have some solitude within ourselves, as we take the pitfalls of the journey and turn them into big success, to keep moving forward better and stronger, throughout the rest of our journey through life.  ” Having solitude for us is important, as it helps us heal within to be better and stronger moving forward”  ” Get out and explore, who knows you just may connect with your inner self and discover great solitude and happiness”  ” Ghost stories fact or fiction, you be the judge of what you truly believe”  ” Feeling of accomplishment will help you move forward better and stronger always”