We've known about the project for years. It's caused discussions and arguments, but finally the road opening the hill to dozens of new building lots is open. Tonight, my wife and I decided to go for a drive.
What what a view!
(I recommend NOT having the sound on when playing these videos--there's an annoying buzz...)
There's an old saying that goes something like this, "Why do people climb mountains? Because they're there." So, why do people want to build on a hill. It's got to be for the view. I've been spoiled most of my life. We live on the same hill, just not as far up the hill. That's okay--I love seeing sunsets from our back porch and if we can do something about the quaking aspens, I'll be able to take more pictures of incredible sunsets for years to come.
But the views from the new road are spectacular! And those fortunate enough to build on those lots will be paying through the nose for the opportunity. That's the way of things, though. You've got to pay for nice things.
Many in our community have hated seeing the road go in. They have their reasons, and to them, they're valid. To be honest, the mountain is not all that picturesque. Sagebrush and scrub oak will be replaced by lawns, fences (most likely...), large homes, and multi-car garages. It will also allow families to live in our little town and become our neighbors.
It is interesting--when you drive up that street and look to the south, the north, the east, and the west, you want to be part of it, make it your view. I suppose it's human nature--we're always wanting more, grass is always greener and all that.
Yes, we climb mountains because they're there. But maybe--just maybe we climb them because of the views.