Visions in the Mist

Upon reaching a mountain peak, one may be rewarded with a sweeping vision of the land, assuming the weather is clear, something that in times past would have helped chart a course through the wilderness.  But even today, when maps and GPS all but eliminate the practical value, we still experience special feelings when reaching a vantage point: surprise at the immensity of the landscape, joy in making distant connections, wonder at new sight lines, reverence for nature, humility, awe.  In certain cultures, climbing mountains is part of a quest for spiritual vision.

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Southern Catskills, as seen from vantage in the Shawangunks

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