Away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, the noise of cars, when one goes to a place which is close to nature, its serenity gives you comfort and peace. This happened to me as well when we went for a vacation to Mount Tremblant, in the province of Quebec. Taking a chair lift to the top of the mountain, I could see lush green grass and a canopy of trees and thorny bushes below. Many cyclists were cycling down the mountain on the muddy path demarcated for them to avoid accidents with the pedestrians ascending or descending the mountain. While watching the greenery below I felt delighted when cool breeze came in through the small window of the chair lift. The warm weather all of a sudden changed to cool as we proceeded to the top of the mountain.
After reaching the top, my expectations of beauty betrayed me when I saw broken gazebos and garbage all around a closed dusty restaurant and shops. When we moved further towards the benches placed across the restaurant I took a good look around. The ground here was graveled with small pebbles and stones, small patches of grass peeped in through the stones. It was not green at all! Frustrated and hot from the scorching sunlight I moved to the left edge of the mountain, and was amazed by the eye catching view that I just stood there stunned for I don’t know how long. The bright blue sky sprayed with white clouds all over, touching the land below at some point was overwhelming and gorgeous. The purity in the cool breeze made me forget my frustrations. The beautiful deep blue lake flowing way below the mountain looked curvy like a snake. The grass here was dark green and soft and I felt temptation to sit down on the ground to just feel the peacefulness in the scenery.
I was brought back to reality by the ring of my cell phone which I ignored, but then decided to take a look at the other side before it was time to go. I moved to the right of the mountain, where I saw another breath taking view. The clouds by this time had covered the blue sky and there was no sun to be seen anywhere, just the grey clouds bonding with the land this time. The weather changed from warm to chilly and I was compelled to wear my jacket. At a distance I could see the red and brown, triangular roofs of the detached houses and some villas with beautiful architecture on the exteriors. These houses had the deep blue lake joining their backyards and each house had a boat tied also. From a distance though these things appeared as doll houses but were very well maintained. The houses were surrounded by the thick, dense forest on the other sides, which could be seen clearly from the top of the mountain.
Moving on to the third side I found chairs kept for the visitors like me I guess. I sat on the wooden white relaxing beach chair and watched another spectacular view. The chain of the small but green mountain ranges was full of magnificence and enthrallment. While relaxing on the chair in the silence of the place, I could hear the sound of the whizzing of the cool breeze blowing and some birds chirping somewhere in the trees below. Between the mountains I could see something grey shinning and upon observing closely, appeared to be water. I was not sure whether it was connected to the lake I had seen on the other two sides.
I did not want to leave this place that provided such tranquility to me, but as the darkness was approaching I had to leave because the chair lift would be shut down. The beauty of this place, the greenery, the calmness and the peace left an everlasting impression of contentment on my mind and while coming down the hill I observed the cyclists coming down also, through the trees and bushes. The cool and refreshing breeze which I felt over the top of the mountain provided buoyancy inside me. This peaceful and vigorous place if kept clean can be the best place to visit when I want to relax. I quote William Wordsworth’s words, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” Because this natural resource, which I think is the beauty that has provided me joy forever as even the thought of this unforgettable memory provides me happiness wherever I am.