Danger is sometimes a matter of perception or opinion. What seems dangerous to one person, might not to another.
Cable cars are a great example of this (the aerial kind, not the ones on tracks). Statistically, I’m sure they’re one of the safest modes of transport in existence. But for those afraid of heights, hanging from a wire in the sky high above the ground can be pretty scary.
At the end of March (on Rich’s birthday, in fact), we rode the Aeri de Montserrat cable car, up to the precariously perched Montserrat Monastery, just outside Barcelona in Spain. We’d been up the mountain the day before (blog to follow), but we really wanted to ride the cable car.
Over its 0.8 mile length, the 87-year-old Montserrat cable car climbs nearly 1800 feet. At first, we thought we’d picked a bad day to go, as the cloud base sat low in the valley in which the base station is located.
Less than two minutes after leaving the station, our cable car was enveloped in cloud, reducing the visibility to zero.
But another two minutes later, we broke through the ceiling of the cloud layer into a bright sunny sky!
As we took in the vista from the monastery, the cloud below us burnt up and disappeared.
So the views were spectacular all the way back down.
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