You might have noticed that I almost completely disappeared from the web and social media in the last month. It was because I was visiting my motherland – Russia, for a whole month. Which wasn’t even nearly enough, to tell you the truth. Although I did plan some blog work for that month and even considered collaborating with few local photographers for outfit posts, it didn’t exactly work out that way, as you can see. To clear the air though, it wasn’t because of my laziness. I don’t get to see my dear relatives and friends a lot, so every minute spent with them is precious. That’s why I put all my plans and blog posts on hold and enjoyed my time with family and friends.
Travel is the only thing you buy, that makes you richer
As much fun as hanging out with my family was, the highlight of my trip was my visit to Caucasus mountains. And honestly, I am so excited to write this blog post because I have to relive all the memories of that amazing trip one more time.
I think there is a reason why the happiest man on Earth lives in the mountains of Nepal. When you are up there you cannot help but feel humble but at the same time grateful, fulfilled and happy.
Indeed, travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer and traveling is the best investment you can ever make. It broadens your mind, it changes your views, it makes you a happier and a more fulfilled person.
I’ve seen mountains before but Caucasus mountains really took my breath away, and it wasn’t only because of a change in altitude. In fact, altitude had nothing to do with it at all. For the whole two hours that took us to drive to Baksan Valley, which is located at the foot of Elbrus mountain (the highest mountain in Europe by the way) I was sitting on the edge of my seat. The views were so breathtaking, I was afraid that if I blink I might miss something. Every turn of the road would open a range of even more beautiful mountains and views, and small villages. An endless row of fascinations sights, each and everyone deserving at least an hour of admiration, or better make it your whole life. But my company wasn’t up to stopping and smelling the flowers, so all I could do is take as many pictures as I can.
I’ve seen mountains before but Caucasus mountains really took my breath away…
The weather was rainy and foggy which only added more mystery and beauty to the mountains. My brother was upset that the fog was covering the tops of the mountains and we couldn’t see it all but I thought nothing could spoil such beauty. In fact, I was glad I got to see it that way.
When we got to Baksan Valley it was snowing. After rain and fog suddenly it was Christmas!
It took us about 40 minutes with “stops for selfies” and lift changes to reach Mir station (which is 3455 meters above sea level). The most mesmerizing 40 minutes of my life. It was sunny up there. For about five minutes. Then it started snowing really bad. I think the weather changed at least ten times that day. The ski season hasn’t started yet but the Valley was pretty busy with tourists and babushkas, who were selling wool socks and souvenirs.
I’ve seen mountains before but for some reasons Elbrus felt so special.
Caucasus mountains will forever hold a special place in my heart. And it definitely wasn’t the last time I came there. In fact, I am planning to summit one of the two peaks of Elbrus next year and it will be a whole new story for the blog post.