Take Extravagant Pleasure in Being Alive

Go take extravagant pleasure in being alive. Go for a hike, take a walk in the woods, count the stars, jump off rocks, swim in rivers, do whatever it takes to make you feel alive. A lot of us think about life in the most concrete forms when we should just be enjoying the moment and breathing in the sweet smell of nature.

The pine sap, the fresh blanket of snow, or that heart shaped rock atop the mountain, experience it all. Go on adventures, follow your heart and don’t let anything or anyone hold you back. Take time out of your busy schedule to appreciate the beauty of the land that we call home even if for some it’s only a few months out of the year. Appreciate the opportunities nature presents.

Everything can change in an instant whether it be for the better or worse. Be adventurous and soak up the moments. Fall asleep under an oak tree, bask in the sun atop the highest ledge, photograph nature, float upon the river and let it take you wherever it pleases. Whatever it may be that you choose to do take extravagant pleasure in it.

 

 

 

Mount Washington

The White Mountains Region is one of those places that has many wonders to behold even though they may not seem all that spectacular to some. Mount Washington is one of the greatest wonders located among these mountains.

This location is known for having the worlds worst weather. Located on top of the mountain is the Mount Washington observatory and some of the weather conditions that they experience especially in the winter months is unreal. The ice that they have accumulate up there is insane and everything needs to be chained down to keep it in place.

There are times when the temperatures get unbelievably low. It often doesn’t seem possible for it to get as cold as it does up there. Through out the year it is possible to either hike, drive or take the cog up the mountain in order to reach the summit. The cog railway takes you from the bottom to the top and back down for a fee.

Although you have several options of reaching the top you have to plan accordingly depending on the time of year. You never know what it’s going to be like weather wise up there making it hard to predict what kind of conditions you are going to run into.

Cannon Mountain

Not only does Cannon Mountain offer some of the most intense ski conditions in the North Country but they also offer spectacular views year round. From summer to winter there is always something going on to attract the tourists.

In the summer and winter alike the tram runs in order to bring guests to the top of the mountain whether it be to ski or to walk around and hike. In the summer for a nominal fee you can ride the tram to the top and upon departure you can venture through all of the wooded trails and climb to the top of a wooden tower in order to overlook the mountains.

In the winter the ski conditions can be brutal. From large patches of glare ice to high winds this mountain has it all. They say that learning to ski cannon is one of the best things you can do. Once you learn to handle the terrible conditions it will carry over to other mountains. Personally I agree with these statements because I learned to ski cannon and have had the ability to ski many other places because I was used to the terrible conditions.

 

 

 

Snow Crested Mountains

As fall draws to a close in the North Country (the land above Franconia Notch) and cold weather begins to set in snow begins to blanket the mountain tops. The beauty of snow blanketed amongst the trees high up on the top of a mountain is like that of none other. Although winter may not be the beloved season of everyone the beauty it withholds is unbelievable.

In order to get anywhere in this beautiful state you have to encounter mountains at some point especially when it comes to driving north. From the moment you set forth on the journey mountains crowd your view. It looks almost as though they extend deep into the depths of the sky touching the clouds as they pass by. It’s almost as though they reach up and grab the snow straight out of the sky.

On my journey back to Plymouth this evening I really took into consideration the beauty of the magical state that we live in. I always disregarded everything as being mediocre and thought that people were crazy for wanting to come here for the scenery. But as I have grown up and gotten older I have come to the realization that not everywhere is as wonderful as the state that I get to call home.

My hometown is surrounded in mountains no matter where you look. Being able to gaze off in the distance and see the beautifully snow crested mountain tops is truly a gift that far too many take for granted. The thin blanket of white with green tree tops poking through catches my attention whether I notice it or not. Nature has slowly become more of a topic of discussion for me and I tend to appreciate it more and more each time I write a post about it.

Woodland Wonders

There is nothing quite so mystical as the wilderness and what lies behind the barrier of trees. The entrance to the forest is very misleading. The trees seem so inviting luring you in with the wave of their leaves, a shake of their boughs in a cool autumn breeze. Everything that extends beyond is a mystery to all.

The crunch of the leaves, the crack of sticks, the shatter of silence beneath your feet is as breathtaking as the sights themselves. Trees covered in brilliant colors, or blanketed in last nights snowfall. The ground littered in debris or layered in footprints. The untrodden paths as tempting as ever.

Following the footprints of an animal long since gone in hopes of finding the mystical creature that created the path. The bark of the trees either peeling or thick, sturdy, and rough. It’s hard to believe that this beautifully, peaceful silence had been altered prior to your endeavor.

The sights and sounds that ruminate throughout the forest are like that of nothing else. Everyone has a happy place and this just so happens to work for me. The peace and quiet makes it for an excellent place to escape. Although there are fears of the unknown the enchantment of the wood is unbearable and eventually draws you in. It’s hard to deny that there is great beauty in the wonders of the wilderness. The woods of New Hampshire especially within the North Country are some that definitely need to be explored by all.

Winter Wonders

Lets take a step back this week and look at the bigger picture of what the North Country has to offer. This week I don’t have a specific place in mind, no real attraction but rather a general area, more or less a moment in time, a season.

The temperatures have begun to fall and we have since experienced the first (dreaded by many) snow flurry of the year. Although winter in this part of the country lasts ruthlessly for six out of the twelve months a year it is a beautiful time to be here.

Many people come to visit for the wonderful sights and scenes when the leaves begin to change and the world is on fire with brilliant hues of red and orange but that’s not the only time this wonderful place is outstanding. During the winter months it may be brutally cold, the conditions may be absolutely terrible when it comes to driving but there is nothing more breathtaking than waking up on a cold winter morning and looking out the window to a fresh blanket of crystal clear snow reflecting the early morning sun.

It feels as though time stops even if just for a moment when the world is covered in a thick blanket of snow. Everything is frozen and there is nothing more spectacular than standing out in the middle of a frozen lake gliding over a sheet of glass watching the sun set setting the entire sky on fire. It’s hard to compare such a wonderful sight.

Although many dread this time of year and wish they were in a warmer place I find it stunning and feel as though taking time to appreciate it is important.

Bretton Woods

Bretton Woods New Hampshire has many a spectacle to be seen and explored. Not only do they offer excellent skiing and snowboarding accommodations but they also offer lodging with spectacular views, and many a swimming hole to be explored. The Mount Washington Hotel nestled at the base of the world famous Mount Washington has housed many a person wishing to experience the spectacular views and all of the fun to be explored.

Although it is a time of year dreaded by many it’s getting to be about that time when snow starts to fall and tourists from all over New England venture into NH for the wonderful skiing and snowboarding conditions that we have to offer here. Bretton Woods resort is one of many located in the state that people tend to flock to. They are located in a beautiful area in a relatively close vicinity to everything that could be needed by someone while on vacation.

Being a local to the resort I have spent many a snow day on this mountain enjoying the amazing conditions. During school vacations good luck finding a parking spot and getting on the lifts in less than twenty minutes though. Tourists find this area absolutely stunning and take full advantage of their time off.

At the top of the mountain you will find a restaurant with fantastic views of the Mount Washington Hotel and the mountain itself. Also there is a candy shop located at the top for all of those with a sweet tooth while on the slopes.

Bretton is one place I suggest you check out before this winter is over. Although I find them to be a little pricy other than on Sunday’s for local residents (reasons being a local has it’s perks) it is well worth the money. They have a bunch of trails for people of all levels and they maintain the trails well. Definitely a place you should check out if you haven’t already.

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(Personal image from the chair lift)

The Flume Gorge

Franconia Notch is filled with nooks and crannies that allow for people of all hiking and exploring abilities to enjoy themselves. Located among these wonderful sites and scenes is the Flume Gorge. Waterfalls and snaking streams carved into the rocks of a mountain from a glacier long since passed. Everything about this place is simply magical.

From the beginning of the hike all the way to the very end all of the sights and scenes are absolutely breathtaking. And the best part about all of it is that adults and children alike can comfortably hike this trail.

Wooden walkways allow for easy views of the water rushing down beside you. Also, the waterfalls are spectacular sights even though they are small in size. The Flume does cost a nominal fee to enter but it is well worth the price.

The Kancamagus

I know that in previous posts I have talked about the drive from Plymouth to Northern NH and how beautiful the scenery is but nothing that I have seen thus far compares to that of a drive down the Kancamagus Highway. The views that you stumble upon driving through the twists and turns of this winding highway are simply breathtaking.

The road has several places where you can pull off to sit and enjoy the beauty of the mountains that surround you. Trees that are changing with the seasons line the perimeter of the road surrounding you with pure and intense beauty. It’s almost as though this road was laid straight through the mountain knowingly with this beauty in mind. Every mile is something new.

Although most may see the trees as all the same and the drive as mundane because the scenery never changes from leaves and trees I feel very differently. I feel as though scenery of this sort is always something new. Everything is always changing whether or not you realize it or not. The leaves are something that are never the same. They are constantly changing with the seasons and we all know that the weather up here is never a constant thing.

This drive is something that needs to be done especially at this time or year. The sights and views are simply breathtaking and people need to see all of the wonders that this drive has to offer.

Starry Nights

It’s hard to believe that summer is over and fall is now upon us. The days are growing shorter as the nights grow longer and colder. As the day fades into darkness the sky comes alive with the glistening of stars. Spread out among the abyss of black the stars shine bright illuminating the night sky for all.

The sky here in the north is unlike the sky anywhere else. There always seems to be mysterious lights flashing, stars illuminating and falling, and there is just simply a better view of the night. Being away from the city lights makes for a clearer image of what’s happening in the sky above. Constellations are easy to spot and the northern star shines brighter than all the rest.

I have spent many a night on the rooftop, laying in the grass, or simply just gazing up at the beauty of the night. Millions and millions of miles away the stars have always captured my attention. The thought of possible life in places other than here on earth blows my mind. Astrology has to be one of the coolest concepts but also one of the hardest to wrap your head around.

Cool, clear, starry nights are what I live for in the fall. Other than the changing of the leaves and the vibrant colors people come from hundreds of miles away to see the stars just seem so much brighter. Maybe it’s because they come out earlier and stay just a little bit longer or maybe I’m just obsessed but a clear fall night staring at the constellations is by far the best way to spend a night in my book.