When I met my husband, he was stationed at Fort Drum, New York. If you’re not familiar, Fort Drum is located way upstate New York in Jefferson County and the post practically borders Canada. We had a long distance relationship as do a lot of other military couples. I was lucky enough to see him almost every other weekend. It would take me more than five hours on a bus to get to him, but every hour was well worth it.
It’s hit or miss with Fort Drum. You either hate it or love it. At the time, my husband hated it. He hated that it was “in the middle of nowhere” (coming from a man that was raised in the Boston-area) and there wasn’t a whole lot to do. What helped, for him, is that he appreciated his coworkers. They were all great!
The winters are also brutal at Fort Drum. It can be snowy and the temperatures are frigid cold. For someone like me, who calls Texas home, the weather was almost hurtful! Despite all the negatives though, I miss Fort Drum.
Together, my husband and I did manage to find lots of fun things to do! I really enjoyed summers upstate, but not nearly as much as the fall season. I actually loved seeing the leaves turn and feeling crisp cool evenings. During the day, it would be perfect for hiking and exploring all the gorgeous scenery of the area. Fort Drum is the opposite of New York City, but I loved that it was the opposite!
I didn’t realize how much I missed Fort Drum till now. As I type, my husband is on the other side of the world. Before, he was just driving distance away. We also fell in love during our adventures in and around Fort Drum. I’m happy that I can hold onto all our great memories there and will cherish them always.
No post is perfect. And it might take awhile to get used to a station – or like me – you might not appreciate it as much till you’re gone. When you go to a new station, don’t forget to keep an open mind and attitude! As military spouses, we have the opportunity to explore and live in places that we would have never imagined, so it’s important to make the best of it!