If you’re anything like me, hearing the phrase ‘forest bathing’ for the first time, it seems like, unless you’re a woodland creature in a fairy tale, those are two words that don’t necessarily belong together. What does it even mean? Are we bathing? In the forest??
Well…. yeah, kind of.
Inspiration is a funny thing. Sometimes it's fleeting, coming at 3 am when you're trying to sleep (just me?), and sometimes it's obvious and tangible, making it possible for you to go back to that space again and again. If you live or have spent time in Western Massachusetts then you know that it's one of those places that embodies inspiration. For centuries, artists have been enamored with our little corner of the world, writing songs about the Connecticut River and painting masterpieces of the vivid landscapes.
As locals, we may be biased, but here at Adventure East we happen to think that Western Mass and the Connecticut River Valley is among the most beautiful regions in the Northeast. It's abundant in impressive landscapes and has a culture rich in fascinating history. I could go on and on (and on...) about all the things that there are to love about Western Massachusetts (from the best places to get a hot chocolate to the sweetest spots to watch the sun go down), but then I’d never get around to talking about Adventure East and why we’re doing what we’re doing.