I never thought I would say this, but I am beginning to understand what my mother-in-law was talking about.
It was on her first trip to visit us and we were taking her on that obligatory drive to Banff. She had never been to the Rockies before, in fact, had never been to any mountains, period.
The hour long drive had been quite foggy, and it wasn't until we were right in the mountains proper that the fog lifted and suddenly all the rocky peaks were towering over us and all around us. My mother-in-law gasped, ripped open her purse in a fit of panic, and declared, "I need a Tylenol!"
Naturally we have been laughing at her about this ever since.
But on Sunday, we drove out to the country, to the Longview area, to visit friends. Longview is in the foothills, and it's really pretty country, those gently rolling hills from which you can see for miles and miles. But what started out as a low skyline of snow-covered Rockies in the distance, grew relentlessly larger as we kept moving westward. And while I admit that I have never liked the mountains, always felt slightly trapped when I was in them, they have never before bothered me from a distance. I just viewed them as wallpaper on the windshield.
On Sunday, though, that mountain ridge felt absolutely ominous. It was like that South Park episode about the murderous goldfish, where Stanley was trying to get to sleep, freaked out by the creepy goldfish that his great aunt Flo had given him, and every time he opened his eyes, the fish was closer to his bed. The drive toward the mountains was just like that, except nobody actually died.
Those mountains encroaching on my sight-line like a cold-eyed army of automatons, silently moving ever closer, growing ever larger until they threatened to smother me in their deadly grasp were malevolent, I swear to you. I can't imagine why people are so keen to vacation in them all the time. Personally, I can't think of a more inhospitable terrain.
Is there any geography that freaks you out? Or am I the only one who's being weird around here?