My winter in New Hampshire has come to an end. In addition to fabulous hiking nearby, here are some highlights of the area:

1. Did I mention I lived next to a castle?

Still under construction and it needs your help!

Still under construction and it needs your help!

I helped Tarleton Castle get the process started to become an arts nonprofit. Check them out and feel free to donate!

2. Plenty of hiking right outside my door

I could walk outside, continue up the hill, and reach White Mountain National Forest in two miles. Hiking was either on snowmobile trails or bushwhacking. I didn’t do as much hiking here as I should have but I did bushwhack to the tops of Foster Hill and Young Mountain.

Aaron and Tim snowshoeing Foster Hill

Aaron and Tim snowshoeing Foster Hill

Shepherd at the summit of Young Mountain

Shepherd at the summit of Young Mountain

3. New England

How New England can it get? I lived in the town of Bath, which is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year. At the center of the one block wide town square is the Brick Store, the oldest general store in America. The town is surrounded by covered bridges.

The Brick Store

The Brick Store

"One Dollar Fine to Drive Any Team Faster Than a Walk on This Bridge"

“One Dollar Fine to Drive Any Team Faster Than a Walk on This Bridge”

Also, the nearest “big” town, Littleton, contains Chutters, home of the World’s Longest Candy Counter, and a thru hiker’s dream.

I bought a gummi pizza

I bought a gummi pizza

4. Maple sugaring

I learned the joys of maple syrup. Really, it goes on anything, but it’s especially good on fruit or ice cream!

Syrup!

Syrup!

We had a thaw early enough that I could help tap trees, but then it froze up again and I did not get to participate in boiling. To make up for it, I drank maple water (AKA sap) and made maple candy. Yum!

Tapping a tree

Tapping a tree

Sap already running from the spile

Sap already running from the spile

None of that new-fangled tubing here.  Buckets only!

None of that new-fangled tubing here. Buckets only!

Pour hot syrup on snow to cool it quickly and make candy

Pour hot syrup on snow to cool it quickly and make candy

5. Spaghetti dinner night

There is a home in Dorchester that has a big spaghetti dinner every Wednesday night. Any one can show up. They’re a large, fun family, and there’s music after dinner! I got to go several times this winter.

6. Coldest February on record

I got to be in New Hampshire for the coldest February on record. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. I did wear fleece pants almost every day, and usually hung out within six inches of the woodstove. On the other hand, I also participated in the polar bear challenge: jumping from a hot tub into snow and back again multiple times.

All in all, I’m happy to be somewhere I can see the ground again. All I’ve seen is snow all winter. But I suspect once I am in the desert in two weeks, I will be desperately wishing for the snow and cold to come back.

Written by Siren

8 Comments

Inna

You really did get a taste of New Hampshire! Good post, Kristin. The polar bear challenge will be a good one to reflect on when plugging through the desert… 🙂

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Maddy

Your really did capture NH. Wonderful post and pice. Best wishes and “Happy Hiking” Ever onward and upward!

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Kelly

The maple syrup looks so yummy! Definitely looks like you got a well-rounded experience of NH. 🙂

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Tim

You left your mark in New Hampshire, and we won’t forget you. Happy Trails and sing some tunes for us.

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Foster the Mountain Dog

don’t hear you Putin’ on your spikes or grabbin’ your pack – but I’ll be here when you get back. A poem by – F.t.M.D.

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Keely Boyle

Another fun-filled chapter in the life of Kristin McLane! 🙂 I loved that video!!!

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