Northern Rides

This week I would like to take a step away from specific locations to visit and take a step into the world of the open road. As the air gets colder and the leaves begin to change everyone looks at the “perks” of fall being the colder weather, the pumpkin spice flavored everything, or the ability to go apple picking, but I look at things a little bit differently in the fall.

Being from the middle of nowhere in New Hampshire it was always easy to take the changing weather and the brilliant colors that littered the landscape for granted. But I would like to tell everyone to take the time to appreciate the foliage.

With the drive from Plymouth to the Northern part of the state through Franconia Notch you get a clear view of the changing leaves scattered throughout the mountains. It’s easy to overlook the gorgeous views that we are presented with daily but there is just something about the sun hitting the trees and the colors radiating throughout the landscape that makes it that much harder this time of year. Plus driving through this area grants you access to plenty of hiking trails that would give you access to even better views.

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Livermore Falls

Livermore falls nestled along the profound Pemigewasset river is a location known to and used by many. Students and locals alike flock to this location during the long hot summer months in order to gain relief from the sweltering heat. I myself thoroughly enjoy this location when it comes to moving back into school at the end of August when the days are hot and sitting through class is almost unbearable.

It’s takes some skill and a little bit of adventure to be able to conquer the task of jumping into the water here. With cliffs to jump from and a rope swing to assist you in soaring through the air it always takes me a minute to talk myself into doing it.

Standing on the edge seconds from jumping you forget the world for a moment as your soaring through the air until the moment your feet slice through the flowing water below. As you fall below the surface the whole world comes flooding back into view as you fight your way back to the top gasping for the breath that the free fall just took away. Swinging from the rope has the same kind of effect on the body giving a sense of freedom until you hit the watery caverns below.

This is definitely not a place for the weak at heart or someone who scares easily. If you have a sense of adventure and seek for an adrenaline rush then this is the place for you. I would put it on my list of things that must be done especially if you are a Plymouth State student

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Rattlesnake Mountain

Venturing away from Franconia Notch I would like to take a step into the world of a Plymouth State University student and all of the wonderful opportunities that are available to us. Although we may not know it we are surrounded by beautiful views and long since past history. We truly have a fantastic opportunity right at the tips of our fingers and most often fail to appreciate it. Rattlesnake mountain located in Holderness NH encases all of the beauty, that is the White Mountains. Although it is a relatively short hike the views are astounding. The hiking trail is available to the public for a good majority of the year. Mud season is the only time that hiking it becomes more of a challenge and you are advised to stay off the trail for chances of tearing it apart. Once you have done this hike once you will be hooked and crave for the views at the top. Once you have ascended the trail and completed your climb the top of the mountain over looks the lake surrounded by a dense thicket of trees. You can see for miles on a clear day. I feel as though hiking rattlesnake is one of the many things that should be on any students bucket list and it should get completed before graduating. So, for all you students out there do me a favor and make this a priority before the real world hits and we all have to depart for bigger and better things. Of all the things I told you about this magnificent place nothing compares to actually being able to see it for yourself.

The Basin

Franconia Notch is one of the many wonders nestled in the heart of the White Mountains. A deep canvernous wonderland filled with mountains of fun filled adventures. The Basin is one of the many beautiful spectacles that people travel from near and far to explore. Pools carved out from glaciers long since gone, trails leading to waterfalls, rivers snaking through the forest, rocks to climb on and waters to play in. The deep history that lies within the forest is something for your non typical history buff. Signs at the entrance to various prominent features explain where and how these beautiful places were created. It’s hard to believe that all of the fantastic features were made simply from frozen waters that shifted and shook among the rocks many centuries ago. This is definitely somewhere to put on the list of must sees.

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The land that surrounds the beautiful Plymouth campus is none other than breathtaking. All of the fascinating possibilities that are laid out in front of those blessed enough to reside within the White Mountains is like none other. From mountains, to valleys, to rivers and streams we really do have it all. I hope to be able to inspire those around me to want to get out and venture into the mountains, swim in the rivers, and just simply enjoy the beautiful views. I will be providing you with some of the mountains located within the area along with other outdoor activities that are possible to partake in.