By: Ashlee Rowley, Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce, GSA Morgan Franklin Fellowship Class of 2019
We started the day at Parlin Field Airport in Newport where we were able to explore one of the hangers, talk with the airport manager and even see a plane take off. It’s a small but mighty local airport that is partnering with many local organizations and businesses to host and sponsor community events ~ bringing people together.
We then moved on to the Sugar River Rail Trail where the group walked for approximately 2 miles on a well maintained path – taking in the naturescapes and chatting about the work being done by the county with a new grant they just received to map and document all the trails in the area for recreational use. It will be a great project for outdoor enthusiasts!
Then we headed towards Goshen and visited the man-made Gunnison Lake where we had lunch and watched some families swimming and enjoying the day! There is a beautiful 3 mile loop around the “Goshen Ocean” that folks can walk too.
We finished the day at Balthazar’s Ice Shack which is nestled near the Sugar River and a big attraction for snowmobile groups in the winter as well as ice cream lovers of all kinds in the summer! The group was able to meet and learn from the owner and explore the beautiful landscape that the ice shack is situated in. Our GSAs tried many ice cream flavors like “dirty water” which was very fun! The Sunshine Town and surrounding area is a great place to visit to enjoy outdoor recreation at it’s finest!