Sleeping in a cabin in the middle of the woods on a school night? Just another Wednesday at Dartmouth.
One of the biggest things at Dartmouth is the exploration of the outdoors. As a Nicaraguan, I find the New England landscape widely enticing as it offers countless opportunities for hikes, sightseeing, camping, and other fun outdoor activities. The landscape is so different from back home, making me feel like the smallest escapade is the wildest adventure. The Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) organizes tons of these activities that are open—and free—to all Dartmouth students.
This past Wednesday I went on an overnight cabin trip organized by the DOC. Usually, you have a couple of experienced students leading the trip and students can sign up as they wish until the trip reaches a certain capacity. During the trip, we went on a really short hike (0.7 miles) to Nunnemacher Cabin that is located on the Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme. This is about 10 miles from Hanover. Despite having a lot of school work on Wednesday and Thursday, the trip was extremely doable since it was completed from 9:00 p.m to 9:00 a.m. This time frame allowed me to have a much needed break from the world and reset my mind and body through contact with nature. We left campus after dinner and got back before 10:00 a.m classes started.
This was a fantastic bonding trip with my friends as we had previously decided to sign up as a small group. Despite going with three of my other friends, I also got to meet lots of other cool people! After hiking in the dark with our headlamps, we got to the cabin and set up, ate lots of food, and talked before heading off to bed in our sleeping bags to wake up at the stark hour of 7:30 a.m to get back to reality.
Bottom line: DOC trips are amazing! Being free, open to all students, and super doable, there is no reason why you shouldn't sign up for trips and seek adventure.
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