A quote comes to my mind, “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” I never expected to have such an experience on the last week of September. Seeing it, many times before, I never thought it would be so unbelieveable. Standing there with 4 other shadows, thinking. Living here all my life, I finally get to see what is behind my house in Montgomery, NY. The Wallkill river.
I was with 4 people that made the whole experience life changing. Leah, my twin sister, one of the most important people in my life. Kayleigh, one of my best friends since I don’t know when. Rilee, the oldest of the group, 19, has been my friend for a few years now. Last but not least Alison, the spontaneous and adventurous one, who led all of us through the paths. All of my friends have made this adventure in my backyard amazing.
So now lets go back to how it all started…During September I was hanging out with Rilee and Leah. We didn’t have any idea of what we were going to do. Rilee suggested calling Kayleigh and ask if she wanted to come over, since we are practically neighbors. So we did. We found out that Allison was at her house and invited her too. After a while of figuring out what to do, I realized after twelve years of living here I haven’t been to my backyard. Kind of strange most people would think, but to us it wasn’t. Our backyard consisted of the wallkill river, thorns, woods, and rocks.
As we were walking down the hill, I could see the different colored scenery from the leaves on the trees. Even though it was pretty to see, I was disappointed since I knew summer was officially over. We all could see millions of ways to go, different paths full of different adventures. Out of all the paths we could have followed we went through the water, luckily we had boots on. At least we thought we made up the name, water hiking but later realized it was a real thing. As we hiked through the cold, rushing water, we saw many waterfalls flowing into the river. One by one the leaves fell into the water, from the serene wind blowing. Alison led the way most of the time, since she has hiked many times before.
I’m still sitting here with my friends, on top of a giant rock, thinking. Thinking about how this experience would have been different if they weren’t here with me. To me, the small things in life make a huge difference. That’s why this was such a life changing experience, it’s small but big at the same time. My friends, the scenery, and just being there was incredible. If I went down to my backyard again it wouldn’t be the same…it would be different. The same quote comes to my mind as before, “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” William Feather