If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that this past weekend I jumped at the chance to escape Upstate to the Adirondak Mountains. On the last day of the trip, my friend Jason took Kylie and me exploring around the area near the cabin, where the path took us to snow-covered train tracks and large frozen ice cycles right next to the icy cold waters of the Hudson River. At one point, the path on which we walked dipped down, and we were surrounded by rocks covered with ice on one side and thick brush on the other. Walk a few steps further and the path quite literally rose up to meet the road again. I was instantly reminded of the traditional Irish Blessing:
“May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”
Essentially it means, may your path be easy and may God guide you on the way. I love how I felt in that moment, surrounded by trees, rushing water, fresh, frigid air, and next to two friends — life seemed easy and everything felt okay. That’s what staying at the Brampton was in its entirety. We were staying in a cabin with a few other people that I didn’t know. We walked through the doors on Friday evening as strangers and left Sunday night as friends. They’re building a community in the beauty of the mountains — and I couldn’t have been more honored to be a guest. I highly recommend you check out The Brampton; they’re doing something truly special up there. And if you’d like to see what it’s like in Summer, check out my friend Samy’s post here! (Apologies in advance for the number of photos in this post; I couldn’t choose!)