It Takes Your Breath Away
As I navigated a challenging mountainous incline outside of the Montage Deer Valley Resort I found myself struggling for breath. Back home in Florida I was doing a few miles on the treadmill each morning but this jaunt, at an elevation of 8600 feet, was a very different experience.
It was hard work.
Aware of my vigorous pulse, I watched the forest of Aspens ahead of me and focused on the energetic dance of their quivering leaves. Several years ago, while doing pre-opening research on the Deer Valley property, I had learned ‘quivering’ was the Aspens’ means of respiration. It was how they breathed. I had also learned that a forest of Aspens were all connected by a single root network.
A hundred trees. A single organism. It had fascinated me.
I looked up and scanned the mountainous terrain – a terrain illuminated by grassy slopes, a sea of wild flowers and a brilliant blue sky. I listened to the music of the wind, the sounds of chirping birds, the steady drone of bees. I watched bees gather pollen from nearby thistle and wild camomile, marveled at the industriousness of nectar seeking hummingbirds and watched the graceful flight of butterflies – each nourishing and being nourished by the world around them.
It was then I understood my walk had been less about exercise. It was about ‘being’.
Nature is very wise.
Montage Deer Valley: Breathtakingly beautiful.