Monday, May 9, 2005

50 Great Summer Adventures in NH

Wayne D. King

Before the summer is over take some time to experience the joy of it all. Live large, breath deeply, shout, laugh, play. Here are 50 things we recommend you do this summer. Even if it means making a long trip, we think every single one of them is worth it.
1. Work on perfecting your cannonball at Newfound Lake .
2. Drink a Bloody Mary (or a virgin bloody mary) at Cheers in Concord or in Woodstock at the Woodstock Inn
3. Take the leap at Mt Aggasiz Basin (aka Indian Leap)
4. Build and eat your own monster ice cream sunday at Kellerhaus in Laconia.
5. Try the corn at the Longview Farm in Plymouth . We think its the best on earth.
6. Take a picture of your feet on either side of the US/Canadian Border along the Fourth Connecticut Lake .
7. Order and eat a large ice cream cone at Moose Scoops in Warren, NH
8. Try deer venison jerky and watch the Red Deer at Bonnie Brae Farm in Plymouth.
9. Ride the 25' natural slide over the falls at Franconia Falls in Lincoln .
10. Join your spirit with the spirit of the Native People of America at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum .
11. Take a picnic to Beede Falls in Sandwich and do some swimming and exploring.
12.Take the kids to see the Buffalo (American Bison actually) at the Yankee Farm in Warner
13. Have lunch at the Rumney Village Store's Deli and browse their local arts and crafts.
14. Boogie Down to SMOKIN JOE KUBEK, DUKE and the DRIVERS and ALBERT CUMMINGS at the White Mountain Boogie N' Blues Festival in Thornton
15. Stick your head out of the window of the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway as it races to the summit of Cannon.
16. Drive Moose Alley (Rte 3) in Pittsburg at dusk - verrry slowly please!
17. Walk Main Street in Littleton
18. Take the Ferry to Star Island in Portsmouth or browse through Bruce Parson's beautiful book of Star Island images, Starlight.
19. Order the Chowda at the Tilt'n Diner in Tilton
20. Have a candlelit dinner at the Shaker Table Restaurant in Canterbury
21. Attend an Ecumenical Chapel service at St John of the Mountains Chapel in Ellsworth.
22. Hike to Fletcher's Cascades in Waterville Valley
23. Play a round of golf in the most beautiful scenery you have ever experienced at the Owl's Nest Golf Course in Campton
24. Order a Strawberry Daiquiri at dusk on the deck of the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods.
25. Paddle to and camp at the Moll's Rock Camping site on Lake Umbagog
26. Hike the Mahoosuc Range from Gorham to Old Spec Mountain in Maine (4-5 days) or just take a day hike into the magical mysteries of Mahoosuc Notch.
27. Pick a very hot day and air condition your outdoors experience by winding your way deep into the Lost River Gorge at Lost River Reservation.
28. Browse the new releases at one of the finest bookstores in NH, Innisfree Book Shops in Meredith's Mill Falls Marketplace or The Little Village Toy and Bookstore in Littleton. While you are there pick up a copy of "Sacred Trust", Wayne King's new novel that defined the case against the Northern Pass Electric Powerline.
29. Pick a secluded spot, a balmy moon-lit night and go skinny-dipping.
30. Buy your dinner fresh from a farmer's market. New Hampshire has many farmer's markets and they are a source of wonderful fresh produce as well as interesting meats and herbs all harvested locally.
31. Hike the Ridge of the Caps trail up Mt Jefferson on a sunny day.
32. Order a Mexican Pizza and a Frozen Marguerita at Hermanos Cochina Mexicana in Concord
33. Nuzzle your nose into the softness of your chosen steed and then mount up and go for a horseback trailride at Rocky Ridge Ranch in Campton.
34. Feed your brain at the Amos Fortune Forums, held every Friday night through August 19 from 8pm-10pm at the Jaffrey Meeting House in Jaffrey. Plan the day so you can fit in a trip to Rhodedendron State Park, especially if the Rhodies are in bloom!
35. Try your hand - ok, your mouth and hand - at the annual "Moose Calling" competition at the annual Moose Festival in the Great North Woods.
36. Take in a classic old movie matinee at the nations oldest operating movie theater, the Colonial Theater in Bethlehem.
37. Grab a book, take off your shoes and walk onto the Hanover Green in Hanover, flop yourself down and (pretend to) read.
38. Walk the Quincy Bog trail in Rumney at dusk and watch and listen to the bog come to life.
39. Shop till you drop on Main Street in North Conway.
40. Take your sweetheart to the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and walk hand-in-hand through the Gardens and studio of one of the nation's greatest sculptors, Augustus Saint-Gaudens in Cornish, NH.
41. Go parking at Balch Hill in Hanover. Balch Hill is a five-minute drive past Alumni Gym on Wheelock Street in Hanover and has a night time view of Dartmouth's Baker Tower that could be just the ticket for rekindling your romance.
42. Stand at the base of the Women's Memorial Bell Tower at the Cathedral of the Pines, and gaze upward as the carrilon peals or go between 11 and 3:30 Tuesday-Thursday and meditate to the peaceful sounds of their outdoor organ.
43. Take in the School Bus Demolition Derby at this year's annual Rochester Fair.
44. Pig out at the Pig Roast or go star gazing by canoe in the middle of Loon Lake at the annual Freedom Old Home Days.
45. Never been to a Bean Supper? You're in luck! South Tamworth United Methodist Church holds one on the first Saturday of each month from April to October. Two sittings, 5:00pm and 5:45pm. Adults $6, children $3.
46. Take your child to the base of Madison Boulder and explain to him/her that a glacier moved this behemouth from as far as 24 miles away to where it is now.
47. Explore for the old Lime Kilns and the abandoned CCC Camp in the area of the Chippewa Trail on Black Mountain in Haverhill. If you have the time to hike Black Mountain, it's well worth the trip.
48. Experience a Pow Wow in an intimate and relaxed environment at the Mt Kearsarge Indian Museum. If you find it to your liking, go for the big time and make a trip to one of the bigger ones. Click here for
49. Swim from Wellington Beach to Cliff Island (if no one is using it please) and jump off the cliffs into the cool and clear waters of Newfound Lake.
50. Paddle or motor out to Chocorua Island (aka Church Island) and attend a Sunday morning chapel service at the outdoors Church Island Chapel.

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