An Overnight Getaway
The Moosilauke Ravine Lodge has a long history with Dartmouth College and the Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC). I believe it was built by Dartmouth students and was primarily used for ski competitions; however, it has now become a staple for First-Year Trips and is open to Dartmouth community members and the public. The lodge provides free transportation, breakfasts, dinners, and overnight stays for Dartmouth students. With no WiFi or cell service and a one-hour drive from the campus, the lodge is a perfect place to disconnect from the buzz of the College.
After dinner, the entire group, except for myself and two other students, headed back to campus. We ended up exploring more of the lodge, making tea, and playing a round of checkers. Without electronics, our options were limited but it was a great experience to truly not be worried about assignments. Usually, we would be asked to sleep in cabins and bunk beds outside of the main lodge; however, because we were only a few students we were able to stay in the main building and get a good night's rest.
It was so rejuvenating that we slept past our wake-up time and woke up around 8 am, 30 minutes past breakfast time. Upon waking up, there were some pastries and milk and cereal waiting for us. The large windows and clear skies provided us with peaceful morning views and prepared us for the drive back to campus.