A Place to Unwind by Jillian S. Getman is another one of the stories entered in this round of the Champlain Area Trails (CATS) writing contest. If you haven’t yet, you should go vote in the contest!
Getman writes about a vacation to the Champlain Valley that fills her with peace, and is an escape from the high-traffic stress of her life elsewhere.
The serenity and beauty of the Champlain Valley wilderness helped her find an inner peace. Though it’s not only the outdoors that captures this spirit, but Getman mentions the towns of Willsboro and Essex also emit a calm feeling as well.
As a resident, I know that things can get hectic even here, but it’s true that we’re lucky to live in an area surrounded by beautiful nature and free of the noise and clutter seen in cities.
“I had become thoroughly enchanted by this corner of the Adirondacks. I knew there were bills, appointments, and other obligations waiting for me back home, but standing in the middle of the autumn-leaf-lined street, snapping a picture of the old Post Office, the expanse of Lake Champlain on my left, and the mountains of the Adirondacks to my right, something shifts. Something feels right. Something slows down. Perhaps, if you venture to this portion of the world, you will experience the same phenomenon.
My boyfriend and I boarded the ferry and looked back across Lake Champlain as a break in the clouds threw dramatic shafts of sunlight onto the southern portions of Essex County, the hills reflecting a vivid green. The mountains behind lit up in pale blues, as if to remind me: This is paradise…” Continue reading this story!
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