20 Jun The Tantalizing Tundra: An elevated experience
The Rocky Mountains certainly has a diverse range of ecosystems. One that everyone should get to witness is the Alpine Tundra. All the way above the tree line at 11,796 feet above sea level lies the foundation of the Alpine Visitor Center, and I have been amongst the few to be privileged enough to get to work here. It truly is an amazing view, as looking down at the world at this elevation feels surreal. Though there are some things to be cautious of at this height. For example, the winds blow in fairly hard as there are no trees to help blockade up here. You will also be amongst the first to get a storm and hear the crash of thunder. Unfortunately, this is the price we must pay to visit such a beautiful scenery, and quite honestly, it’s a price I am willing to pay every time I make the commute. As they say it’s not always about the destination, but the journey. In this case, both are well worth it. The drive from the west side of the Rocky Mountains to AVC is one I have no problem making any day of the week. Great views and mountain tunes are all I need.
It’s not always eye opening views and roves through the park though.
During my leisure days here in the Rockies, I try to read as much as possible, mainly to gain words of wisdom from elders of Nations. So I may leave you with some wisdom that resonates with my purpose of being here. I leave you with this:
“Out of the Indian approach to existence there came a great freedom- an intense and absorbing love for nature; a respect for life; enriching faith in a Supreme Power; and principle of truth, honesty, generosity, equity, and brotherhood as a guide to mundane relations.” – Luther Standing Bear (Oglala Lakota), Land of the Spotted Eagle, 1933