We Hiked A Mountain??
Dartmouth is a very outdoorsy place. It has the oldest and largest outing club in the United States, and many students participate in first-year trips, which happens the summer before student's first years on campus. However, you don't need to be involved with any of those activities in order to fully experience the outdoors Dartmouth and the surrounding area have to offer. Sometimes, you just need a free day and some friends!
Before one of my friends came to Dartmouth, he worked with an organization that made and conserved trails around the United States. His section of trails was actually in a place called Bennington, Vermont, which is about two hours from campus (when he was there, that was actually one of the first times he even heard about Dartmouth!). He created his own trail over the course of many days on the trail on Bald Mountain. Fast-forward to today, my friend wanted to take us to that trail. In the wee hours of a Saturday morning, we hopped in his car and drove to Vermont to visit! We passed by so many different and new sites, as it was my first time going in this area. We encountered the iconic colorful New England houses, the huge mountains, and the peaceful vibe that seems to permeate this area. And so when we got to the start of the trail, we were excited about this adventure! Now, it had been a long time since I had hiked, so the 8-mile hike was definitely a tough one!
But it made me realize how many opportunities I have to really be one with nature around my college. Throughout that hike, I experienced a wonderful New England spring day with fresh air, bumbling brooks, and endless trees. And to top it all off, I was able to do it with some of my close friends. I'm so thankful that they were excited to embark on this little day trip, and it made me once again thankful for the opportunities to have a unique college experience!