I don’t know how Nick and I arrived at the place and position we are now currently in our lives. All I know, is that we are here. Planted here through no choice of our own but by a cavalcade of life happenings and coincidence.
When the Twin Towers were attacked in 2001, we all fled out of New York City and found refuge up in the Catskill Mountains. We owned a townhouse there at the time and we spent three weeks huddled by the fireplace wondering what our future lives were going to be. My kids wanted to return to their college and jobs back in Manhattan. Nick and I knew going back to the tip of Long Island, NY where we lived was a death trap should another attack happen in New York (one way in. one way out.)
When we drove our kids to one of the Amtrak station located up in the Hudson Valley, to take them back to New York City, we passed along this road, along the Hudson River, that the four of us, for some strange reason, quickly envisioned ourselves living there. It was a very bizarre moment, but all four of us simultaneously said out loud “Why can’t we move and live up here?” And that’s what we did.
Nick and I sold our Catskill townhouse and used that money to buy our land (3.5 acres). We sold our Long Island home of 16 years (it sold in 5 hours!) and used that money to build a custom-designed, modular home. We paid cash for everything. Paid off all our old debts and purchased two vehicles (without car loans).
It’s never easy to re-start your life from a new location. Nick was out of work for 2.5 years because back in 2001-2002 the American economy was in a tailspin. Our lifestyle was severely reduced and it took me a very long time to adjust to our new way of life.
Fast forward to today, another 16 years have passed us by. Nick and I have bloomed where we have been planted. I think the area has bloomed along with us! More displaced families have purchased homes up here. More amenities have come our way. More sophistication. Combine all of that with fresh mountain air, spectacular mountain views, amazing farm fresh foods and produce and you have a combination of a very great lifestyle.
This week, Nick and I will embark on a bucket list of travel adventures for 2019. I won’t have access to much of the internet as we travel so I have started an Instagram account so that you can follow us where ever we go. The title of the account is “CindiandNick” and you can log on @adventuresCindi_Nick or just click here and follow. Right now we’re off on an adventure to Acadia National Park in Maine. After that we’ll be doing a lot of hiking up in the New York mountain area as the leaves change color and start to fall. This winter we will be exploring the great American west, via Arizona and Colorado for the first time. Nick has a meet-up scheduled in Las Vegas to re-connect with his long lost cousins. That should be fun!
Come spring, we will be sailing again. But not where we used to back in Newport, RI. We are going to bloom where we have been planted. We’ll be sailing the Hudson River. We will be joining a local sailing club right down the road from us. That’ll mean more adventures (more like-minded friends) and more local things that makes this area better than we ever could have imagined.
Bloom where you have been planted.