Welcome to UpCountry. “At least going out in the woods you have to be present — if you put your phone down. You have the natural sounds, you really don’t need to muffle those. Right now it’s spring. The peepers are out. The American woodcock is out. It’s happening now in the fields. “I just personally believe that it’s extremely important to be present. And I think the woods can give you that kind of presence if you’re willing to embrace it and to put your phones down and to have a conversation with somebody on a hike. It renews the spirit.” -Scott Lewis, Williams College faculty member and head of the Williams College Outing Club Read more.