Fall is here and what beautiful weather we have had to enjoy the colors and wonder of the North Countrys change of season. With all the stock market chaos, economic uncertainty, budget issues, construction projects, meetings, deadlines and national politics, my wife, son and I decided to take time, during the long Columbus Day weekend, and take an old-fashioned road trip. When our 14-year-old son asked, Where are we going? I responded, For a ride. That was a new concept for him. My answer had no particular destination and we were in no hurry to get there! We didnt need reservations, tickets or to research the trip on the Internet! We drove about 200 miles that day. First we traveled south on I-87 to Pottersville where we spent time at the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves. It was a beautiful day and the time outside exploring the attraction was relaxing and reassuring. Next, I drove to Crown Point where we crossed the Champlain Bridge to Vermont. Once on the other side of the lake, we drove north along Route 7 and enjoyed the view of the Adirondack Mountains from the East. After a bite in Burlington, we completed our journey by crossing the Lake at Grand Isle and returned to West Plattsburgh early that evening. It was good family time and even our dog, Charlie, enjoyed the quiet time together. We stopped when we wanted and explored a town or village if something caught our interest. Our time is consumed by things that need to be done and all the information and news that must be heard. More than ever we must remember to take time out to escape. We are fortunate to live where we do. It is still possible to have a fantastic day, with little expense, by enjoying the natural beauty of the Adirondacks. Bernie Bassett is the supervisor of the town of Plattsburgh. His column appears regularly in the Clinton County Free Trader Today.