It’s pretty common at MIT for living groups to take advantage of the Indigenous People’s Day long weekend (not just one extra day but two! what luxury!!) to go on fun trips and retreats. On Friday, my floor, Putz, headed out for our annual camping trip in seven rental cars, with trunks packed full of sleeping bags, tents, and food. We were headed about 2.5 hours away (well, before you take into account Boston traffic… it took us more than half an hour to get to Porter Square!!!) to Franconia Notch National Forest and State Park.
It was a truly incredible trip: we set up our tents in the dark (read: with difficulty) on Friday night, crammed six people into a four-person tent (which was a good move, because it kept us warm), and then woke up at 7 am on Saturday to go hiking all day. On the way back on Sunday, we hit up a farm selling produce, a family maple sugar business, and another very beautiful lake.
Then I slept for a long, long, time. Thankfully, the real weekend (the one where I did all my homework) was only just beginning!
It was wildly beautiful up there, so I wanted to share some pictures from my trip. I assure you that they were all even more beautiful in person, especially the cloudy ones, where my iPhone really can’t quite hack it. The nature up in the mountains was a fantastic reminder of what life can be like outside the MIT bubble, and why sometimes it’s worth it to trek outside of my small, warm dorm room, open my eyes for real, and take in the world.
There’s a lot here, because I couldn’t choose between them >< Feel free to skim at your leisure.