The Green, Green Woods of New Hampshire

Woods of New Hampshire by Expat Edna

Two things happen to ski towns in the off-season: the price of rental lodges goes waaaay down, and the scenery explodes in so many shades of green they’d give Ireland a run for its money.

Which is how I found myself in New Hampshire at the end of the summer, spending a week in a huge (and discounted) timeshare with my boyfriend’s family — parents and siblings and nephews/niece all included.

And what do New England families do to occupy 16 people at once? Go hiking, of course! My…favorite.

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Luckily, they let me tag along for the easy ones and I sat out on the tougher, all-day hikes; forgoing the trees for puzzles back at the lodge instead.

The photos above are from Sabbaday Falls, which had a gorgeous shimmering emerald pool and calming, photogenic waterfall. It was a super easy hike, because by ‘hike’ I mean a fifteen-minute walk through along an established trail. This kind of nature-ing, I can do.

(Edit: did you know that you don’t walk through a trail, you walk on or along it? I did not until ten seconds ago when my boyfriend pointed out my grievous error. This is how city I am.)

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Afterwards we parked at Rocky Gorge, where we unpacked our lunches and swimsuits. You’re allowed to get in the water here, which is glorious and warm in the summer sun. Some of us swam, some hiked the surrounding area, and some tried to frolic while not wiping out on the slippery rocks. Guess which one I did.

(I looked like Bambi learning to walk…in two inches of water. The family politely withheld their laughter. “Well I can’t find my way around cities, and she can’t get around nature,” one reasoned.)

Woods of New Hampshire by Expat Edna

Highlight of the week’s nature-ing though? Spotting moose along the highway! I’m told this is extremely rare — my boyfriend’s mother has only spotted them twice in her lifetime — so to see them on my first trip was like the universe telling me we were cool…and that New Hampshire wasn’t so bad after all.

If you go: Sabbaday Falls and Rocky Gorge are both along the Kancamagus Highway, the eastern side of New Hampshire Route 112 (NH112). You can find more, including their GPS coordinates, here and here

What do you think of hiking? Would you ever like to visit New Hampshire?

The Green, Green Woods of New Hampshire by ExpatEdna.com

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Comments

  1. You should see me fall all over the place when I’m walking up and down rocky hills… :) I love nature, but nature doesn’t seem to love me back as the rocks always seem to slip away when I stand on them! Gorgeous pictures!

  2. For someone who isn’t so keen on nature you sure do spend a lot of time in it! ;-)
    Looks like it was a beautiful walk xo

  3. I absolutely adore waterfalls. I’m not really Nature Girl but there’s nothing like a lovely scenic trail to a waterfall. Beautiful pictures, Edna.

  4. Oh my gosh, freaking out right now! I lived in NH most of my life before moving abroad and I’ve never seen a blogger talk about it. Thank you so much for highlighting the beauty of my state!

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