By Erin Morley.

For some of you this news may not be as great as I think it is. But as I stare out of my new office window which looks to the mountains surrounding Stratton, I am seeing punches of color. The foliage is in its infancy and we have a ways to go before the orange, yellow and reds dominate the trees, but I am loving what this represents.

Fall is my second favorite season behind winter, of course, as I uncontrollably jump up and down at the first sign of snow. Fall is my second favorite time to enjoy the outdoors. I can’t wait to step outside, zip up my hoody and head to my favorite trail head. At some point in the hike my hoody is unzipped and tied around my waist, but that work is all worth it when I reach the summit, feel the cool breeze on my face and take in the magnificent fall foliage. That peaceful moment when you feel completely surrounded by nature, and you have left the hustle and bustle of the real world down below. It’s a great time to check in with your priorities, let go of the things that really don’t matter, take a deep breath of fresh air and appreciate your life, loved ones, health and happiness.

I love sharing this experience with people that don’t have access, on a daily basis, to this type of activity. But there are people in my life that may not be able to make it up the 2000 vert. climb to the top of Stratton. So I love the fact that the Gondola is there to do the hard work and then everyone can enjoy the fun adventure-like trail to the Stratton Fire Tower. The climb to the top of the tower is an adventure all its own. When you start the ascent, you are below the tree line, but as you rise above the tree line the breeze starts to pick up and you feel like you are climbing into the sky. Then you end the adventure with spectacular views and that cool peaceful state of mind.