“Out of Office” is a series of stories accounting our experiences trying to find moments of solace outdoors, as well as our interaction with the gear that comes along with us, and that most certainly includes the watches on our wrist. Out of Office is an escape. It’s about finding an opportunity to put the world on pause, whether it’s the few minutes you take out of your day to read this article, or its the couple of hours you dedicate to getting out there. It’s where our experience meets our enthusiasm. Through this series we’ve already seen our authors do a hike in the local hills with a Sinn, explore a glacier via seaplane with a Citizen and a road trip through New England with a Rolex. Let’s continue this journey together and see where it takes us.
The farm has been a place I’ve visited routinely for the better part of five years now. Family was always the reason why I’d make the trip, but it’s the vast fields, rolling hills, and most of all, the tranquility of the estate that has always kept me for a few more days. Walks on the property can quickly turn into somewhat of a nature documentary. It’s typical to run into a family of deer galloping across the winding driveway, groundhogs burrowing themselves at the fringes of adjacent fields, and several types of hawks soaring in the distance. Keeping an ear out, a sharp eye, and your head on a swivel is key, because it’s not uncommon to cross paths with a black bear, or a bit less stressful than that, a bald eagle swooping in and out of the corn fields.
The surrounding grounds amount to approximately 100 acres, a laborious engagement I’m sure for whomever is tasked to maintain the property, but a playground for a person like me who visits from time to time. One look around at the grassy knolls, amber corn fields, and land that stretches beyond the eye can see, you’ll get a feeling that you’re no longer in New Jersey, but transported to an English countryside. A flag waving at the top of the hill bearing the red cross of Saint George helps with the imagination. There’s always something and some place to explore here, so naturally The Farm is a perfect place to spend some time, out of office.