From: Near Portland, OR
Made it there once from Florida, would love to go again, but not in the cards for the immediate future.
I attended a wind tunnel test for a condo tower I was designing. The facility is run by the University located in Fort Collins (forget the name).
I was there for three days and had one afternoon for sightseeing. Everyone told me I should visit Estes Park.
It was an incredible and awe inspiring experience for this flatlander.
My astronomy club used to have a dark sky site on Hickory Hill, one of the ten highest hills in Florida at a whopping elevation of 280 feet.
Standing in a mountain valley with peaks soaring in every direction I looked was an almost spiritual experience.
I've lived my entire life near mountains, except one summer when I worked in Milwaukee, WI. It was very weird not being able to see mountains on a clear day. I've never been to Colorado, but I have been over 6000 ft on Mt Rainier and Mt Hood. The road on Mt Hood goes to a ski area there at 6000 ft that is the only ski area in the continental US open 365 days a year (except for the occasional bad drought year).
I know more people live in the eastern US (which has older, lower mountains or is flatter) than western US, but I couldn't imagine living anywhere that flat.
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