Mountains Look Cool, I’m Told



Mountains in the distance

The first time I saw the Rocky Mountains (ask me sometime about driving the RV through a snow storm at 2am) I was quite disappointed with how small they looked.

I guess I was expecting everything to be totally flat, with one gigantic peak touching the sky.

Obviously, that’s not how the Rocky Mountains really are. Of course when you’re 9000 feet above sea level, a 12,000 feet peak doesn’t look as high as it actually is.

But a couple weeks ago in Colorado I noticed something especially peculiar.

I was looking at a line of mountains in the distance; they all appeared to be the same height.
Well, except that some peaks were totally covered in snow while others were covered with trees.

Now, using what I know about nature and science, I deduced that there was no conceivable way that these peaks were all the same height.

Why did they look like they were the same height to me?
I have no depth perception.

Because my eyes don’t point in just the right direction at the same time, the way I see the world with both eyes open looks no different than the way I see the world with only one eye open.

It’s very difficult for me to judge distance, which makes it fun for my friends (Kevin) to throw things at me, because it’s so hard for me to catch anything.

Anyway, back to the mountains.

While all mountains on the horizon appear to be equidistant from me, of course they are not.

Brent tells me that I’m really missing out. He says that the way some mountains appear close while others appear very far away makes them look even more majestic.

I wouldn’t know.
But I wouldn’t know that I didn’t know if it hadn’t been for noticing the snow capped peaks (this was my first time in the Rockies not during winter).