Marveling at the calendar one day by kitchen stove, I could hardly believe it. There it was, highlighted in big bold letters around July 7th. The words “Happy One Year!” popped right out at me as I can hear those words screaming ever so loudly. How could this be? How could it be one year ago already that I started this site? Time just sort of creeps up on you I suppose, and as they say, time flies when you’re having fun, and this past year has been no different. When I started In Touch, I didn’t exactly know what I was getting myself into, or wether how long it would actually last. I sat at my dining room table one day looking over all of the amazing photographs that I took from around the county and said to myself that there was a story to be told here, a story that has not yet been told, and one that should. Connecticut’s Litchfield County is an amazing place nestled within the Appalachian Mountains. Not only that, but it is home to some of the most impressive people, and this past year I got to meet many of them first hand.
As I racked up the miles on my 2003 Ford Focus cruising along the rugged terrain, getting stuck on backcountry roads hoping not get attacked by bears, hiking mountains in search of the perfect pictures while at the same time looking out for mountain lions, and even getting my car stuck into snow piles after snow piles and screaming for help in the middle of nowhere where no one can hear a word I was saying, I managed, somehow, to still be able to tell the story of life in our corner of the state. Somehow, I lived to tell about all my great adventures, but am I really sure I’m still alive? Maybe this is heaven.
I have to give a lot of credit where credit is due. Though I have certainly worked myself up to an appetite each day I journey out, there’s people behind the scenes that should get the credit as well, and those are the people of The Register Citizen. The team who each day works hard to get it right. They are the team who promote this site on their website, and the individual that I have to thank for that is publisher Matt DeRienzo who contacted me last August asking me if I was willing to be a part of their Community Media Lab, a partnership where the paper promotes your work. I can’t thank Matt enough for “The RC” has done an incredible job of doing just that.
Over the river and through the woods, I never made it to grandmas house, though I have certainly made it to many of yours. I want to personally thank each and every one of you for inviting me into your homes as you read along to the stories I have told along the way. Though many of them were never easy to tell, especially the ones that dealt with high terrain in a not all terrain vehicle, you still listened and for that I thank-you, for without you I wouldn’t still have this site up and running. Consider yourselves the engine to my car, but just promise that you won’t break down on me anytime soon!
I have had an incredible year networking with each of you. As I made stops along the way to area coffee houses, restaurants, shops, and state parks, I have gotten to see what this county is truly about, and contrary to popular belief, not everyone around here is a hillbilly, though I’m sure we can all admit that the lack of oxygen in the higher terrain gives us all a right to be a little crazy, which beats being normal any day simply because it’s more fun as we put our creative minds to work to build the Litchfield County of tomorrow, and I believe we are all doing just that.
Thank-you, Litchfield County, for an excellent first year! Here’s to another great year ahead!