Saturday, March 15, 2008

Alpine Paradise

I'm posting some older pictures...taking care of the dog doesn't allow me much time with my camera these days. I don't like to leave him on his own for too long.

These pictures were taken near the ski resort on the island last summer. My mom and I ventured up there to explore and we were both completely taken with this beautiful place. Neither of us had ever been there before, but we heard it was a must-see hiking spot. Being surrounded in alpine forest (which looks quite different from the rain forest terrain near the ocean) made us feel like we were trekking through the majestic Rockies. We were high enough that we could see the ocean far below. A boardwalk takes you on a journey through lush meadows blanketed with these curious stems that are topped with soft cotton balls. I've never seen anything like it. Apparently in late spring, these meadows are abundant with colourful wildflowers. We will definitely be going back as soon as the snow melts!

I wanted to post a picture of my beautiful mother. She came to town yesterday for a short visit, so she is in my thoughts today. We have such a wonderfully rich and spiritual connection...I would be truly lost without her love and guidance in my life. She is my friend, my mentor, my world. Love you Mom xoxo


  1. I love going up there, too. I climbed Mt. Albert Edwards and another peak a few years ago and loved every minute of it. The blueberries were ripe, the water was frigid and the wildflowers were everywhere. I can't wait to go back now, thanks to your post (I am not sure if I am thanking you for the reminder or cursing you for the temptation, but I'll go with the former.) Your post also reminds me of the post I wrote about when my father came to Chiapas to see me(April 2007).

    By the way, I am housesitting and using a different computer. I couldn't remember the URL so I typed "rhayne" instead of "rhayne73" and was quite surprised with the blog I got. It seemed to lack your subtlety and also the photos. I was quite confused until I realized it wasn't your blog. It is probably a good thing I noticed that detail.

  2. how incredibly beautiful!! the landscape and your mother :)

  3. I've missed you as wide as the glen and as deeply as the early Spring dale...

    How blessed you are to have a Mother such as she, and how blessed I am to have found a friend in you.

    Easter love...

  4. Your Mom is so beautiful. You look just like her - with longer hair.