A little over 35 miles north of New York City, lies a small suburban town known as Suffern, New York. I recently spent a little time there, and discovered that, unlike Rochester, New York, where I’m from, Suffern, New York is much smaller.
Suffern Has Amazing Wildlife
Suffern, New York is filled with lots of wooded areas, and wildlife giving it a peaceful and quiet charm. During a few walks to the downtown area and train station, only a mile away, I saw many amazing animals. I saw chipmunks and groundhogs sneaking between bushes. There was even a baby deer standing four feet away from me, watching as I walked by.
In the morning hours I could hear all kinds of incredible birds singing songs, that were as spectacular as the huge mountain that stood behind us. And down the street was the mood relaxing pond that was home to a gang of geese. These geese walked with confidence and authority as if to say, we are in charge here.
Visiting The Pond In Village Of Suffern
As I visited the pond each night, the geese would stare at me. They wouldn’t run away or attack. Instead, they went about their business, swimming in the pond. Or pecking the grass with their long beaks, looking for tasty bugs to eat.
In a way, it reminded me of the Pond At Seneca Park Zoo, back in Rochester, New York. It was just a smaller version minus the swans and ducks. And it was very close to the main road. Something I found to be very odd.
The road close by was also very distracting from the beauty and peacefulness that this pond offered. Certain parts of the day, traffic was very noisy. Early afternoon, the noise from the vehicles was enough to drown out the cries from the geese. Maybe, that’s the reason they would fly off sometimes, disappearing for a few hours.
The Flying Geese At The Pond In VIllage Of Suffern
As one goose flew off cackling, all the others would join in. It was an amazing sight because it resembled an army of aircraft. The only difference was that they flapped their wings ferociously and formed incredible flight patterns.
Walking around the pond also provided quick glances of fish jumping into the air. You’d have to look carefully, or you’d miss the acrobatic feat of snatching bugs off the waters surface. It seemed as if they were competing with the geese, and even laughing in their faces. Then again, I could say the same about the fishermen.
Fishing At The Pond In Village Of Suffern
The Pond In Village Of Suffern, New York does allow fishing. You must have a fishing license and required to throw the fish back into the water. That means you’re not allowed to keep them. Still, I saw a few people fishing there, including one fisherman that was there all day. This guy had amazing patience. He’d Park his pick up truck on the side of the road, packed with tons of fishing gear. Then he’d sit very still on the edge of the pond as he watched his 3 fishing poles for any sign of movement.
The Village Of Suffern Gets Quiet
At night time around 8-9 pm, the traffic would completely disappear. This was when the calmness and appeal of Suffern, New York would present itself. Away from the hustle and noise of New York City, that I had to pass through, Suffern, New York was therapeutic.
I could feel the slowness of my heartbeat, and the dropping of my blood pressure, from the mental relaxation I was experiencing. For anybody that’s considering psychiatric help, I’d instead recommend Suffern, New York. You’ll not only save a ton of money, but also enjoy the old village charm.
The Downtown Area Of Suffern has Charm
The downtown area is only one mile away, with lots of small mom and pop stores. Suffern, New York is only 2 square miles in size, with a population of only 10,000. Many of the stores are very small but sufficient for such a small town. If you’re looking to do any serious grocery shopping, there’s a Walmart and Shoprite store only 2 miles away.
My Pond In Suffern Experience Conclusion
My time away at Suffern, New York was very peaceful and enjoyable. It reminded me of the adventures I use to enjoy down at the Genesee River in Rochester, New York. My best friend and I would run through the woods and explore all the cliffs tracing the river. The wildlife that we use to see was priceless.
It was also amazing being able to enjoy the feeling of a small town. Getting away from all the noise and responsibilities was great for my mental being. I took some time to relax and not work on any current or new projects. My mind had time to relax and become clear of any distractions. I was living in the peaceful moment, and I loved it.
As I sat by the pond at night with a mind as clear as the water, I couldn’t help but think of the phenomenal experience I was having. Getting away from my home town, Rochester, New York was the best thing I could have ever done. It taught me to open my mind to new experiences and adventures. And learn how to be more open minded. Plus when I did get back to work, my creativity was better than ever.