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Tree Canopy in Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is a 2,100 mile footpath running from Georgia to Maine. Luckily for us, it also goes through downtown Hanover! Last weekend, I hiked a segment of the AT with one of my best friends and had an amazing time. My favorite thing about this hike is that there is no need for a transportation vehicle! The trail starts at The Green, after which you go behind the softball field and into the gorgeous New England wilderness. We went to the Velvet Rocks Shelter which are beautiful moss covered rocks about 5 miles into the AT. The hike was about three hours long and fairly easy, even for a tropical weather aficionado and city dweller like me. After arriving at the shelter, we were able to sit and take in the beauty that is Dartmouth. The hike was so picturesque as it was peak foliage and all the leaves changed into the most gorgeous oranges, yellows, and reds.

Even after being here for a year, I am still awestruck by the beauty and immensity of Dartmouth. The college is completely surrounded by the woods and students of all experience levels can take advantage of that. Coming from Nicaragua, I was a little intimidated by going into the New England outdoors since it was so different from what I was used to back home. However, I am slowly realizing that since Dartmouth really is carved into the wilderness, being able to take a break from everyday activities by stepping into nature really is an accessible and fun experience. Whether it be for an entire day or just a few minutes, the Appalachian trail offers students amazing opportunities through which they can experience the outdoors. I even made it back to campus right in time for a quick breakfast before my hot yoga class at 10:30 in a Hanover studio!

Being on the AT felt like being in the heart of nature as we were completely surrounded by trees and vegetation. This hike offered the perfect opportunity for reflection and gratitude to be here and be able to experience such beauty. Dartmouth never fails to impress me. 


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