Last week, I spent my vacation in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia on Canada's Pacific coast.

The beauty is like nothing I've ever seen before. "Stunning" barely does it justice. But it also made me appreciate what we have here at home even more.

To be fair, most of my U.S. travel has been limited to my family roots in Wisconsin, my own roots here in New Jersey, and my time in college in New England.

All have their own beauty.

But my trips to Vancouver have been the first times that I've crossed the Rocky Mountains and seen snow capped peaks for as far as the eye can see.

I'm a big guy at 6 feet tall, but I'll take a window seat on the plane any day for a chance at those views.

I took literally hundreds of photos just on the highway between Vancouver and Whistler (which you may remember as the home of the 2010 Olympic ski and snowboard events).

And it wasn't just the travels that made my jaw drop. My view for the week was of Washington's Mount Baker, a good 80 miles away:

Photo by Justin Louis
Photo by Justin Louis

As I was taking pictures of pretty much everything, it dawned on me that the people who live there see it every day. And more than one local told me that even after years of living there, the views never get old.

That made me think about my home.

I wondered if I take The Shore for granted.

But then I thought about how every single Friday during the summer I'm standing on the porch of our Seaside Park boardwalk studio and enjoying our view just as much.

Give me an Ocean County sunset any day and I'm just as dazzled as I am from 30,000 feet above The Rockies and the Pacific Cascades.

What are some of the best views that you've seen on your travels? Or even just here right at home? Comment below and chime in!


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