up top

One more shot for today’s theme- bliss. This panorama is from the top of Black Mountain at Lake George. It represents bliss to me for several reasons.

One, its just beautiful, as the sky comes down to meet the mountains and the pristine water there.

Two, I was happy to have made it back up. The last time I had climbed it was 40 years ago with my best friend Buzz and my Pop. We were 14 then and practically ran up, but I remember Pop needing to stop quite often. Now I’m pretty much the same age he was at the time, which is mind-boggling to me, but I understand the need for breaks a little better. The knees just don’t have much cushion left. It was way worse coming back down from “baby head” to “baby head”. (The term for the baby head size half round rocks that stick out of the dirt and don’t let you put your feet down flat anywhere.) Thanks Pop, for taking us up back then!

Finally, it’s bliss because it represents up and away. Away from computers and phones and stress and all that. It wasn’t just feet up lounging watching TV with a beer, though. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that, mind you.)  It was up, straight up at times. A good challenge for us, rewarded with a view into the High Peaks of New York, Lake George and Lake Champlain, and into the Green mountains of Vermont and beyond to New Hampshire. That made it bliss.

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