A couple of years ago my husband and I took a 20th Anniversary trip. The Grand Tetons and Yellowstone have always been on our bucket list so we decided to go to out west.
I remember reading about the Tetons and the elevation of Grand Teton .... an elevation of 13,776 feet. Almost 2 miles. What makes the Tetons particularly awe-inspiring is the landscape next to it. They are at at the edge of a flat valley which allows for the stunning views. You can step back and appreciate them in full. And there is no gentle slope up or foothills - it's a fault-block mountain so - BAM there they are! Imagine how you drew a mountain as a kid - those triangles popping up out of the grass. That's what the Grand Tetons looked like. It is truly the most beautiful place I've ever been, and I'm a bit obsessed now.
We've camped in West Virginia where we climbed Spruce Knob, which is (for this area) a healthy 4,863 feet. We've been to the Smoky Mountains several times and hiked to the top Clingman's Dome at 6,643 feet - tallest peak of the Smokies. I could not wait to see what 13,776 looked like!
But when we got there, I was surprised. Please don't take this for disappointment - but 13,776 didn't look nearly as "tall" as I had imagined. And that's when it struck me - I hadn't considered the prominence of a mountain....