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New Zealand's Southern Alps are the peak of solace
Whether it's the loping blue hills of Appalachia rising from a morning mist or the majesty of Alaska's Mt. McKinley piercing the clouds, mountains bring me peace. The clichés come to life: The steely rock seems solid and safe, the sheer size of each pinnacle a reminder of personal insignificance. But it's the simple beauty of frosted peaks against a luminescent blue sky that is the best soother, a martini and a hand smoothed across the brow rolled into one.
By Jane Wooldridge
September 15, 2013