Most of the time that I spent in Europe was during the recent heatwave. Temperatures easily exceeded 30 degrees every day, and there were no air conditioners or fans in sight. On this particular day, the air was a little cooler, but still every bit of 25 degrees.
The morning started with a leisurely walk around town in a dense fog. Near the cemetery, we came across this wooden telescope. It pointed to the Sleeping Capuchin off in the distance. After reading about the capuchin and his subsequent curse, we decided it was time to head up the mountain...before it got too hot.
This time, we drove up the mountain through a twisting road which bucked and turned every few feet. The fog got thicker as we rose. At times, we couldn't see the very mountain on which we were driving! Matthew pushed the gas pedal a little harder in his haste to be through the thick fog.
Stepping out of the car at the top of the mountain, we were immediately freezing. The temperature had dropped to about 13 degrees in the time it had taken us to get to the mountain top! We were also the only people here this time. The silence was heavy as we looked into the blank distance.
We hunkered down inside our hoodies and went for a quick walk. There is something majestic about a fog-shrouded mountain - the trees only visible in the foreground with everything else a soft blanket of grey. After the sweltering temperatures of the past few weeks, we were ill-prepared for such a drastic change.
Regardless, we took the time to lounge on one of the giant swivel chairs placed near the trail. On a clear day, you can see every mountain peak in the area without even getting up. This day, there was a wall of clouds and nothing else. After, we rushed back to the car and cranked the heater up, savoring the stillness of the foggy mountain from the comfort of the heated car.
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