My Narnia

by Chelsea Poovey

Whenever I go somewhere new and people ask where I’m from, I’m always proud to say California. Of course, their immediate reaction/assumption is that where I’m from is constantly sunny, never cold, and right next to the beach. While there certainly are beautiful beaches to boast about, I always take pride in telling folks about some of my favorite mountains in the world, located in a lovely place called Lake Tahoe. Although I’ve grown up just two short hours down the windy road from this winter (and summer) wonderland of splendor, it still takes my breath away every time I set eyes on that pristine blue lake surrounded by those powerful mountain tops and evergreens.
This past winter I had the opportunity to live in this NorCal Narnia and there is one day in particular I will never forget. It was one of those blue bird ski days, but rather than go skiing, a friend and I decided to snowshoe to the top of Castle Peak. When we finally reached the summit and I looked around at the splendor of the scenery that surrounded us, I was overcome by a surge of peace in my soul. It was truly a feeling difficult to put into words. I felt like we were on top of the world. We could see above the clouds that floated over the mountains with a blue back drop. The sun shone brightly in the middle of the sky as it embarked upon the beginning stages of setting. The bold blue skies welcomed us going up and blessed us with a brilliantly pink, orange, and red sunset on our descent. The whole journey left me with that peaceful feeling I swear you only experience in the midst of nature, when you’re just taking it all in and reaching that realization that “there is so much more” to this world than you and I. The allure of the snow-covered mountains and frosted evergreens of Tahoe always give me that sensation. For me it is my own personal Narnia, where I can escape into the natural, mystical, yet fantastical world. I have seen many incredibly, breathtaking places around the globe, but no matter how many beautiful landscapes I set my eyes on, I still revel in the fact that I come from one of the most alluring locations on the planet, California.

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