Leaving the main highway between Tripoli and Beirut, early on I can see that I am going to be in for a treat as I make my way to see one of the symbols of Lebanon. Past another military check point I begin another climb of sorts towards a mountain pass area.
In an open area I come across an interesting sign, one I would definitely not expect to see in Lebanon.
“Mi-ssi-crooked letter, crooked letter, i-humpback, humpback-i”. I guess there is more than one place in the world where Mississippi is popular.
My journey this afternoon takes me through some of the most fascinating mountain side communities that I have ever seen
In an area that looks like a mini Grand Canyon buildings seem to hang in an unreal way from the cliffs and gorgeous hillsides. From the edges of a portion of these striking cliffs an occasional waterfall can been seen tumbling to floor of the canyon below.
Navigating the narrow mountainous roads through these communities is just as spectacular and stunning as the views.
With the sun fading in the west, the sides of the hills begin to glow shades of orange not only from building lights now being turned on but from the sun doing its magic artwork. It all seems a bit surreal.
However, as my elevation continues to increase the mountains here are covered with winter's soft white touch.
In one area I am enclosed between walls of it as I approach The Cedars. Cresting a small hill, a symbolic representation of Lebanon comes into view. Although much of daylight has gone, the amazing view is only slightly diminished.
Even a roadside reminder of the season just past adds a nice touch to the scenery.