While New Hampshire isn’t something you’d normally choose as your expat home, living here certainly has its perks. Especially for people like me who’s got a wanderlust.
Number one, the proximity of undiluted wild nature. Even after more than a year here I still get wide eyed every now and then. Whether you love mountains or oceans, this tiny minuscule state offers you the best of both.
Number two, the historic city of Boston is less than an hour away if you are feeling like cityscaping.
Number three, if you are a seafood enthusiast then you can look for no better place than right here. The state of Maine and its world famous Lobster is just across the bridge – literally.
Number four, there are storybook country stores all over.
Number five, while the rest of the country has to plan and book trips to New Hampshire for a refreshing vacation, you can just drive around lazily in your car and be refreshed without any planning or booking.
That’s what we did the whole summer.
Long drives, hiking, camping, sea bathing, exploring, visiting – you name it and we have done it all this summer. From hanging from a tree brunch for life and looking over our shoulders for any approaching bear to enjoying a big sweet lobster in a luxury cruise – we have been there, done that.
But right now, if the chill in the air and the shorter days are not indicative enough then the changing leaves definitely are enough for one to know that summer is over. Summer is over. And so seems our sojourns into the unknown. But wait, not yet. It’s the “Fall”. Streets are full of “fallen” leaves these days as trees are getting ready for a long sleepy retreat into winter shedding all unwanted “weights”. Walking on the trails around my office I came across a place where the entire pathway was ablaze with flaming red, orange and yellow. In places like this, a calm descends upon you and all work stress just disappears.
Up north, along the White Mountains range, quaint little towns with prettily decorated houses welcome thousands of visitors looking for the similar sense of calmness during this time of the year. While you travel the scenic roads titillate your senses. Living in one of the log homes, you wake up in the morning looking at the vast expanse of hill slope rising in different shades of green, yellow and red in front of you. You come across one of the numerous beautiful lakes. This is the last time you can enjoy the great blackness of the water. For they will freeze and become eye blindingly white in the approaching winter for your winter sports. You may also come across a green meadow of flowers. Or ride a horse into the mountains. Hike up a peak and look down at the flaming trees below. Or just drive around.
That’s what we did last weekend. We drove around. We stopped at any place that looked interesting. We found a beautiful waterfall at the end of a half-mile uphill hike. But even before that this was there:
We made another little stop when we came across a nice little kids’ fishing pool on the roadside with picnic benches and barbecue stands along the roadside.
Lastly before heading south we found this squirrel sitting in the middle of the pathway eating his dinner of a pine nut. He sat unperturbed like a royal making us subjects wait for him to finish his meal. He gave us plenty of opportunity to click him though.
When he ran away after finishing his meal, we took another short trail to a small cave. This turned out to be a small marshland and we couldn’t find the promised cave. A network of thin trails went in every direction but it was getting dark already and we didn’t want to ignore the advisory of not roaming in woods after dark.
It was a long day Saturday. We were tired. We needed coffee badly. But who sells coffee in the middle of nowhere right? So we had to drive at least twenty miles before we saw a gas station. It is indescribable how precious a cup of coffee can be after a day outdoor in cold. We sipped our coffee and munched our donuts and fueled our car up. After that, as if on cue, the dull sky suddenly became clear and crisp and took on beautiful hues for us to capture.
So that was the end of last week. This week? We are going to Vermont. That’s the advantage number five of living in New Hampshire. You can travel to six beautiful states in a day trip. You have the entire New England at your disposal.