I say this as a lifelong New England resident and an ardent lover of the fall: Hanover perflectly embodies that quintessential feeling of autumn – the cool days and crisp nights, the bright colors and the crunching of leaves under tender footsteps – there's something to it that makes it feel near-sublime. It's that feeling of just wanting to lay out and take a nap on the Green, watching the leaves flutter down from the trees under whispy clouds and cerulean skies. But besides being lazy and lounging around, there are plenty of things to do in and around the Upper Valley during the fall. From hiking trips to taking in the colors to picking apples at the orchard, the Hanover area is the perfect destination if you like spending October outdoors.
For me, that meant a Rumney climbing trip, which albeit isn't atypical, but the conditions were perfect and the fall colors were overwhelming. Just the journey there alone was incredible; New Hampshire has a particular grandeur to its countryside, from its towering mountains to its rolling hills. Some friends of mine took off on kayaking excursions, summitted peaks, and others simply strolled around in Pine Park. The Dartmouth Outing Club had its fall weekend where they hosted a dinner at the college's own Moosilauke Ravine Lodge to top everything off. Luckily, if you're not big on off-site adventures, campus itself is just as beautiful; from nights down by the docks to just walking between classes, autumn draws everybody in town into the outdoors. If being in nature and enjoying the views is something that you like, I'm not sure that Dartmouth can be beat.
For those who have never experienced the full extent of a New England autumn, it's the perfect time to make a visit to campus. It's hard to explain in just a few pictures what it feels like, and there's no better occassion to see Dartmouth in its seasonal beauty. Hopefully I'll see you all visiting soon!