After the section retreat last weekend, I realized how much I love getting away from the HBS campus, the “HBS bubble” as it’s called. On the sunny days, the countryside in the Northeast is beautiful — rolling hills in VT, craggy mountains in NH, and even a distinct lack of people the farther you get away from the major metro regions. We escaped this past weekend to the White Mountains, a range that covers about 1/4 of New Hampshire and is supposed to be the “most rugged” of the ranges in New England. (Thanks Wikipedia!)
We drove up Saturday morning, went on a quick hike, and spent the night at a nice little B&B in North Woodstock, NH. The B&B was virtually empty… I think this was the first weekend of the “off season”, a period of a couple months that lies between fall foliage watching and ski vacations.
After a nice evening of scrabble & hot chocolate by the fire, we woke up to a clear frigid day. Not a great day for hiking to the top of the mountains (which are actually covered in snow and ice by this time of year), but we did do a segment of the Applachain Trail. It led to a beautiful deserted mountain lake.
I’d love to go back and do some of the more hardcore mountains, but the season is pretty much over for the year. I think it might get warm enough again in May? June? That’s the tragedy — you see all these beautiful mountains, but they’re off-limits most of the year. Too cold for a pleasant experience, but tantalizingly close. This is a strong argument for living in the Southwest. The high altitude mountains there will still be cold in the winter, but at least they’re a bit more accessible.