Last week, Megan and I decided to spend the day driving around, looking at leaves, and reminding ourselves why we love this place so much. It is far too easy to forget how lucky we are to be among these beautiful mountains and charming little towns. And only a quick train ride from the city, too – you can’t beat it!
I moved to this area when I was 18 to start college at SUNY New Paltz, but Meg grew up here. So, on Thursday, we drove around to a few of her favorite places up by her dad’s house and she told me stories about her time here. We walked through Phoenicia, where she had her first job at a cute little breakfast joint, and then we drove around on all of the back-roads where the leaves had changed.
Chasing daylight, we decided to make our last stop at the walkway over the Ashokan Reservoir. I had never been before, and I am more than grateful to Megan for showing it to me on such a perfect Fall afternoon. All I could think was how am I lucky enough to be standing in such a beautiful place with such a beautiful woman?
Like, seriously, how is this my home?
I think it’s important to go out and rediscover the place you live every now and then. Go back to your favorite places or, better yet, find places you’ve never been despite how long you’ve lived nearby. I feel like we always have somewhere new to explore around here, and the places we visit frequently will still take our breath away every time.
I don’t know where home will be a few years from now – whether we’ll set off on a cross-country adventure, settle down with far-away family, or stay put in this perfect little valley or ours. All I know is that, whether I’ve got 2 years or 50 worth of time left to spend here, it’s worth appreciating every single day.
And so is she.