Weekend Excursion to the White Mountains

On Friday, the White Mountains Group started the trip with a stop for lunch and a tour of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire before heading up to the majestic White Mountains.

Once settled into the AMC Joe Dodge Lodge at the base of Mt. Washington, it was off to the Dolly Copp campground for a night of campfires, bananagrams, guitar playing, and a gourmet s’more contest. Sam won the “weirdest” category with a toasted raspberry, Katy won the “best taste” category with a s’more made with cinnamon graham crackers, white chocolate, and fresh raspberries, and Veronica won the “most creative” category with a Nutella, banana, and raspberry s’more on cinnamon graham crackers.

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The White Mountains Group: Veronica, Arisa, Katy G., Jediah, Sam, Staff Member Claire, Nia, Shun, Staff Member Katie C., Charbel, Staff Member Kaia, Luke, Staff Member Ben, Staff Member Henk, Chris, and Humbert (pictured with a banana) hang out at Dolly Copp Campground. (Photo credit: Owen).

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Humbert enjoys some exploring on the Peabody River. (Photo Credit: Owen).

Staff and students enjoy a variety of gourmet s'mores and roasting marshmallows over a great fire built by Luke (Photo credit: Owen).

Staff and students enjoy a variety of gourmet s’mores and roasting marshmallows over a great fire built by Luke (Photo credit: Owen).

On Friday night, several students enjoyed stargazing outside the lodge before heading to bed to get some sleep before a long day of hiking!

Nighttime at the Joe Dodge Lodge. (Photo credit: Owen).

Nighttime at the Joe Dodge Lodge. (Photo credit: Owen).

On Saturday, two groups left to hike either Mt. Willard or Mt. Madison. The Mt. Willard group started at the AMC Highland Center and hiked up the 2,864 ft Mt Willard for some spectacular views of Crawford Notch.

Alpine wildflowers at the AMC Highland Center.

Alpine wildflowers at the AMC Highland Center.

Beautiful trees and sunshine on the Mt. Willard trail.

Beautiful trees and sunshine on the Mt. Willard trail.

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Charbel, Shun, Luke, Staff Member Katie C., Nia, Veronia, Arisa, Humbert, Staff Member Ben, Jediah, Katy G., Staff Member Claire, and Staff Member Kaia pose at the summit of Mt. Willard.

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Katy G. and Veronica enjoy lunch with a view of the spectacular Crawford Notch.

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Charbel and Humbert take in the sunshine.

After the hike, the group relaxed at the natural waterfalls, rock slides, and pools of Diana’s Baths.

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Natural waterfalls at Diana’s Baths.

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Jediah, Shun, Luke, Humbert, Arisa, Charbel, Katy G., Nia, and Veronica had a blast exploring and relaxing at the baths.

The Mt. Madison group enjoyed a rigorous hike up the Valley Way trail to the Madison Spring Hut and then climbed to the 5,367 ft. summit of Mt. Madison.

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The Madison Spring Hut. (Photo Credit: Owen).

Chris enjoys the view on the hike to the summit. (Photo Credit: Owen).

Chris enjoys the view on the hike to the summit. (Photo Credit: Owen).

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Star Lake on Mt. Madison. (Photo Credit: Owen).

The two groups met up for some free time, dinner, and ice cream in quaint North Conway. After dinner, everyone had a great time hanging out and relaxing on the town green after a successful and fun day of exploring the mountains.

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Katy G., Veronica, Arisa, and Nia smile for the camera in North Conway.

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Owen and Jediah play some frisbee in front of the North Conway train station.

On Sunday Morning, everyone said goodbye to Mt. Washington, and we hit the road for Polly’s Pancake Parlor and a delicious meal of every breakfast food imaginable and LOTS of pure New Hampshire maple syrup.

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Polly’s Pancake Parlor in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire.

While waiting to be seated, the students had fun hanging out with Trot Trot the horse.

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Sam is super excited about pancakes!

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Chris gets a helping hand from Sam.

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Katy G. looks into the distance, remembering the weekend’s adventures.

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Veronica and Nia look forward to the rest of the program after a fun and rewarding weekend.

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After a delicious meal, everyone is full and happy for the drive back to Amherst!

The weekend was a huge success and everyone had an amazing time experiencing nature, challenging themselves, getting to know one another better, and eating some great food: until next time White Mountains!