Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

May 6, 2016 at 5:36 pm 12 comments

Lauterbrunnen Valley
Location: Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland

I’ve been to many places in the world, but the Alps hold a special place for me. While many are attracted to the beach and the sea, I’m more of an earth person.

I love to hike. I’m drawn to the mountains and the spectacular views that they provide. Funny, but it could be attributed to my Neanderthal ancestry. According to a recent DNA test, it’s measured at 3.2% which ranks in the 99th percentile among the population tested.

Hiking is one of the simplest of pleasures. It shouldn’t be intimidating in the least.

Perhaps this poem by Yang Sa-eon (1517-1584) that I saw at the Korean exhibit in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. can inspire you:

The mountain may be high,
But it is still below heaven.
Climb and climb again;
Everyone can reach the summit.
Only the man who never tried
Insists the mountain is high.

I think the best strategy is to choose a trail that you’re comfortable with and start walking putting one foot in front of the other. You’d find the journey is its own reward.

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  • 1. janikaberridge  |  May 6, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Thank you for linking to my post!

    I also appreciate a hike with a beautiful view – or just beautiful views in general.

    • 2. plaridel  |  May 7, 2016 at 9:06 am


      you’re welcome. πŸ™‚

  • 3. stenoodie  |  May 6, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Beautiful! I also agree that hiking is a simple but rewarding and amazing pleasure. Great post and thanks for the pingback! πŸ™‚

    • 4. plaridel  |  May 7, 2016 at 9:08 am


      you’re welcome. i’m glad you liked the picture i posted, too. πŸ™‚

  • 6. tenkris  |  May 6, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Lovely photo! I’m also an avid alpine hiker! I also really like the poem, and posted it on my blog with a link back here.

    • 7. plaridel  |  May 7, 2016 at 9:18 am


      i’m glad you liked the picture and the poem. thank you for the link back, too. πŸ™‚

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  • 9. sustainabilitea  |  May 7, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    I love mountains and back in the mid-seventies, I worked in Grindelwald through the winter. What a glorious place!


    • 10. plaridel  |  May 7, 2016 at 9:08 pm


      hey, that place sounds familiar. we stayed in neighboring murren. i I have some pictures to share:

  • 11. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist  |  May 8, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Love the Swiss alps too. Beautiful photo

    • 12. plaridel  |  May 10, 2016 at 1:47 pm


      it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. i’m glad you liked the picture.


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