Slidey Hills

For every season there is a reason to be out in the woods. Oops, I take that back. Perhaps not so much during a humid day in the summer. Hiking the trails of the Musquash Conservation area one such day we were literally driven out by the mosquitoes. They won that day.

The winter season is still an adventurous and fun time in the woods and open areas. My dogs love it to pieces when we head out on one of the many well maintained trails and open orchards scattered throughout Londonderry. It does a body good to clear the mind, burn some calories and return back to civilization. The dogs benefit too, in expending some crazy energy.

I hear the latest and it saddens me to no end. It is what’s called, Nature Deficit Disorder. With technology playing an ever bigger role in our society, our time spent in the great outdoors is becoming less of an important part of life. Where are the children?

Now that we have some snow (more is coming so don’t give on winter yet!) favorite sledding areas such as Mack’s Apples Farm Stand and West Road, may be too much for little ones (and their parents!). Not to be put off and stressed out might I suggest a possibility and one that has endless of sources. We call them “slidey hills”. They are everywhere.

When my kids and their cousins were little we would grab several of our cheap, light weight plastic sleds and go to a favorite areas in and around the schools, orchards, or trails. Up and down they would walk then slide, walk a little then slide again. It was just enough to handle for youngsters and way more fun for everyone. Of course we would have brought a thermos of hot cocoa. Good times!

Debbie Curtin writes stories about people, places, events and other topics of interest that engage the reader. As a member of the New Hampshire Writer’s Project, Debbie keeps ‘in the game’ with other like minded people. She has been an artist and creative person all her life and uses the unlimited sources of inspiration that abound everywhere in her writing as another art form.


Musquash Field Day, Snow or Shine

The annual Musquash Field Day is approaching! On February 13th, a hike to cellar holes in the Musquash will take place.

During the hike, families (and lone adults) can learn about winter botany, local wildlife and forestry from the local forester. At the end of the hike, refreshments will be offered around and open fire.

Eastern Mountain Sports in Manchester will be providing snowshoes, given there is enough snow on the ground. The Field Day will happen snow or shine, so be prepared!

Parking will be available at the end of Hickory Hill Drive, off of High Range Road. The hike will start at 10 AM and will end at 2 PM. The whole event is free of charge.

Need a trail map or directions? Visit Musquash Conservation Area, 900 acres over 15 miles of trails.

Want to know more about cellar holes? So did I. Go to Visit Londonderry Cellar Holes.

When? February 13th a Saturday at 10 am to 2pm

Please feel free to share your excitement about this year’s event, or the fun you had at last year’s, by leaving a comment.