January 31, 2013

I was a mountain goat (but smelled better, I think)...

Revisiting some of my shots from our vacay this summer.  Why?  Because I'm still EDITING some of my shots from our vacay this summer.  Not feeling TOO bad about my procrastination since I just learned a friend of mine is close to two years behind in her editing. I think that makes me pretty darn close to perfection.  Plus, it's nice to relive August in Montserrat, when it's actually January in Philly.  I think that makes me close to a rationalizing perfectionist.

I don't want to re-hash the history or significance of Montserrat.  I did that here in  "Magic Mountain Is Not in Disney World" a couple of months ago.  A Sparks Note synopsis:  


...one hour train ride from Barcelona.  You start here as you disembark the train and look up.  That cable car line is just the beginning folks.  And yes, we remembered sunscreen...


"You KNOW you aren't suppose to shoot straight into the sun Mom!!!!"
Montserrat, Spain


...it takes you to the town of Montserrat.  Where those afraid of heights and blisters hang at the local bar to await the return of the rest of their party...




...who climb to here.  And when they reach the summit? They wish they were back at that local watering hole quenching their thirst with some Sangria, and pulling out the stash of band-aids.  But feeling oh-so-superior nontheless...


"King of the World"
Things #1, #2, #3, moi
Peak of Montserrat, Spain


There are two ways to climb to the top of Montserrat.  The way I showed here in  "Magic Mountain is not in Disney World" (feel like I'm kinda plugging this post.  If you go look at it in the next two minutes, I'll throw in a set of Ginsu knives for $19.99).  Or the way we did it.  The less direct, yet hooves still required way. I was carrying "James Dean" so I needed my hands and, well...no freakin' way I was gonna go straight up the side of a cliff wearing a harness...








Plus, you'd miss all these great sights and beauty along the way if you were face planted into sheer rock and suspended by a harness and death grip.  Not that there weren't similar scenarios on our route.








Only part way there, which means...time for a Manchego Cheese break.   Cause you know what they say "When in Spain, do as the Romans do"...









Onward, and more importantly UPWARD...
















There were two options at this point, 6'4" Thing #1 chose the alternate (a set of stairs STRAIGHT UP) because he didn't fit on this more scenic route.  Plus he kept muttering something like "No freakin' way".   Altho insisted it was "No keepin' me back today"...




Sometimes, you need to stop and breathe in the moment to appreciate where you are and what you've acomplished...



And sometimes, you just have to jump for joy because...well, just because.  For my discerning readers, I do realize I have posted this photo before.  But SOMETIMES you just have to relive the fun of a particular moment, AND the fact I still had the energy to defy Spanish gravity despite all that Manchego weighing me down...


"On Top of the World"
Moi, Thing #3, Thing #2
Montserrat, Spain


Hard to believe this was only a couple of months ago.  Seems like another lifetime at times.  Good thing I didn't get strapped in to go straight up that mountain.  I wouldn't have had any photos for proof.  Plus, I don't think they would have stopped for a Manchego cheese break part way up.  No freakin' way.  I mean, no keepin' me back today.

--Kathy


34 comments:

  1. What an amazing experience! Stunning scenery, must have been so exhilarating.

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  2. Manchego cheese is my favorite. Great photos Kathy!

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  3. It's totally acceptable to not go to work tomorrow and go to Spain, right?

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  4. kudos to you for trekking all the way to the top! Moi, who goes queasy from sheer drops would have been waiting at the watering hole with a couple of rita's in hand!

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  5. Looks just like something my husband drags me on with him. This year it was The Pinacle in Maine.

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  6. Kathy these shots are great!!! and they make me want to head right there! Love the shot of you and your girls jumping in the air! Looks like it is an amazing place to visit.

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  7. What a gorgeous day! Sounds like a trip of a lifetime. Love these images.

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  8. Kathy! YOU are an awesome photographer. I love your posts all the time.

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  9. Oh so glad to see more of these....but no"freakin" way you would have gotten me to stand that close to the edge, my legs feel all wobbly just looking at the picture. And my hubby tells me all the time I'm not supposed to shoot into the sun!....always love seeing the "jump"! xo

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  10. I'm holding up the white flag surrender to this post - if I had a 500 word essay to respond you know I would. Beautiful, clear, wonderful perspective photos. Renee

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  11. Great sequence of photos♫♪ Just looking at the climb makes my muscles ache! Love that last photo♥ Here's my Cool click effort: http://lore-eleven.blogspot.com/2013/01/curve-here.html

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  12. So if I was your best friend and went along with the family here's what the things would say, "Really mom? Why did you have to bring her. She can't do anything." All of those edges and look overs made my pulse accelerate. They are beautiful though. If I had been able to do any of it, the last straw for a panic attacked would have been one Thing #1 was too tall for. I'd have followed him and then asked, "Can I ride on your back?"

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  13. Mornin' Kathy, what a wonderful post. I still say you need to write a book. Your wit and ability to "tell it like it is" are just to wonderful to keep to yourself, oh and us blogger of course. You are "mahvelous darling." Enjoy your weekend!

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  14. lovely photos - you will have great memories to look at for quite some time!

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  15. I know exactly what you mean... you take a fabulous memory making vacation and it sticks with you like it was yesterday. I talk about our four years living in Switzerland as if it really wasn't 30 years ago! (it wasn't, was it??!) I love the cheese break! So European and I love it! Great shots and as always ~ I love the way you write!!

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  16. What a fun trip, gorgeous images! I LOVED your famile photo, what beautiful things you have!

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  17. wow Kathy, these photos are so grand, that I was glad to see this post again. Your photography talent is sheer genius. And ...yes, my sweet it is February ...finally! January was so dreary and long and cold and snowy and too long and too "cabin feverish". Yay to February. Yay!

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  18. Your vacation sounds awesome. I love the pictures you captured. It sure looks high up there. WOW! Love the jump! Your daughters are lovely!

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  19. Spectacular!!!! Absolutely WOW!!! AND..... you even got a jump shot in there. You rock!

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  20. Thanks for not going straight up and taking us along (albeit 2-3 months later). Enjoyed the pics of you and the 'things 1-2-3'.

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  21. Well that does look pretty amazing! I would have been terrified- I'm so scared of heights - I would have froze and someone would have had to carry me down LOL! I love how you keep posting pictures from that trip! So cool and a great way to share some warm memories in this cold frozen weather! :)

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  22. Great memories.
    Keep posting these pix. We're enjoying the trip.

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  23. What a fabulous vacation!! I can't remember the last time we had a vacation...we need to re-prioritize!! Thanks for linking with Cool Clicks!!

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  24. Wow Kathy, love these pics. You have such talent. Klaus does take pcs like you do.Love seeing these. Margit and Klaus.

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    1. Thanks Margit and Klaus :). I would love to see some of Klaus's photos.

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  25. Montserrat? Damn.... Big sigh... I was in VA but went to the local Target and rocked out some groceries. Bet you're jealous.

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  26. There is no way you would get my on the cable car.... not for all the tea China! Just the thought of it makes my legs go funny... I would have been up for the climb though!

    Mollyxxx

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  27. Amazing views.. I just love your photos.. TFS...

    Hugs~

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  28. fabulous pictures...some day I am hoping to show pics like these!!

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  29. wonderful memory making photos my friend.Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo P.S. the new giveaway started Friday :-)

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