These Mountainscapes Will Peak Your Optimism

Few settings are more head-clearing than one with mountains involved. Between the crisp air, dense forests, rugged peaks, and postcard-perfect scenery, it’s a kind of landscape that promises a true recharge. Which makes it no surprise that folks who live near peaks and summits tend to be more optimistic than those who don’t.

If you happen to dwell on the flatter side of town, these shots of our favorite mountains landscapes will inject a little wilderness, wonder, and rocky mountain high into your day. Don’t be surprised if you start to feel an age-old frontier spirit. And if you stare long enough, maybe even the urge to plan a mountain trek of your own.

One of the first days of my trip with @lifeisgoodco and @austinadventures, we hiked up from Moraine Lake to Sentinel Pass, a beautiful 8 mile round trip hike that puts you above tree line. You can see the pass up to the left in this photo – can you spot the zigzagging trail that is the last mile of the hike? 🏃‍♀️ #ThisIsOptimism #RSJSinCanada

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Happier on summits.

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Yesterday I woke up with my heart feeling heavy. I couldn’t figure out why until I realized that it was four years ago that I lost a man I considered to be a brother to cancer. I knew what I needed to do, so I grabbed a pipe that belonged to Conner, a gift from Conner’s mom @maryannefirstman, and headed for the mountains. Despite the dark storm clouds I pushed on for the summit one of my favorite mountains, Storm Castle. I lit the pipe and stood by myself on the summit for a while just taking in the scene. With camera in hand I watched as the sun broke the storm and begun lighting the valley two thousand feet below me. Right in this moment an eagle flew up to me before locking its wings and bank turning mere feet. It was a juvenile bald eagle and judging by its marks, about four years old. Emotions flooded me and I sat there crying, thankful for this moment. Whether you believe in signs or not, this moment will forever be one of my favorites. Fly with the eagles, brother.

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Lakes on lakes on lakes.

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Merry Christmas from way up north. ❄️ 🎄 💙

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