Ah, New Paltz, NY. The place where I can proudly say I graduated college from.
For anyone that is unfamiliar with the eclectic town, it is a unique town about 90 minutes from New York City. Despite the relative closeness to the concrete jungle, one can safely say that this beautiful town is a nice reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city. Nearly everyone who has had an opportunity to visit the town has always had positive feedback. More often than not, it is often the surrounding natural beauty which consistently brings people back to New Paltz year after year.
This weekend, I had the opportunity to visit Mohonk Mountain House. The 5-star resort sits on over 1,000 acres and its easy to see why daily rates at this resort top over $600. My friends and I were fortunate enough to arrive early to get a day pass. ($27/day to check out the hiking trails).
Having had multiple projects running rampant through my head, this trip un to NP was especially needed. I don’t want to be the type of person to say that I was undergoing an existential crisis at the “tender” age of 31; however, I believe that I was going through a point in my life where I needed to greatly think over what I was doing with my life.
Enter : New Paltz.
With the serene beauty of the grounds, one can easily recharge. I was able to clear my head as we took on the Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze hike. The hike consisted of rock scrambling overlooking beautiful 360 degree views overlooking Ulster County for miles upon miles. Simply stunning. Just witnessing all nature had to offer left me refreshed and recharged.
Putting it together.
So, although this may seem like a marketing promotion for Mohonk Mountain House, what is my point?
We all need a day where we can sit back and reflect on what we want to do in life. We ALL have days where we’re unsure if what we’re doing is “right” for our life.
When that happens, take a few minutes (or a couple of hours, in my case) to “recharge”. Although I opted to sit amongst nature to find my answers, opt to do what you see fit to find yourself again.
For me, nature has always been my go-to place to offer insight to my questions. What is yours? Could be anything at all so long as you’re able to gain some sense of clarity.
So, as I conclude my first blog, I cannot help but think of Henry David Thoreau. One of the most famous existential writers of our time, he was able to juxtapose nature with some of our deepest questions. So, in conclusion:
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau