Explore NH Fall Challenge

Looking for a way to get some GSA educational hours?
Join us for a fun new GSA learning opportunity activity! 

We want to hear from you – what activities are you doing around NH? 
Where are you exploring – indoors or outdoors / virtually or in-person?

How to participate:
The next time you explore a new place or visit an old favorite, take a few pictures and send us a short write-up of your experience. We will post it on our website and then we will ask YOU to pick the Top 3 entries. While everyone will earn hours, the Top 3 entries will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual “show and tell” about their experience.

We are running this challenge for all of October, so send us your pics and text!
Text can be a little or a lot – up to you.

Need some inspiration for virtual exploration?
NH Boat Museum’s Virtual Boathouse Tour
Concord’s Underground Railroad
Museum of the White Mountains Exhibition
Remick Museum Virtual Classroom
Historical Society of Cheshire County – Viral Tales for a Pandemic
October Events
Dog Friendly Hikes

In-Person Exploration:
Bedrock Garden’s Fairy House Festival
Explore your local rail trail or hike
Take a paddle on your local pond
Drive to peep the leaves
Check out your local state park
Attend an event
Have a picnic

header photo: GSA Linda Duquette
I hiked Crotched Mountain and here is a beautiful view of Mt. Monadnock. Foliage is just starting. This was on Sunday Oct 4th.

GSA Maurice Demers
Enjoy these images of Odiorne Point State Park I took while on vacation in Rye back in early August. PhotoArt by Maurice


GSA Maryellen McGrath
Pack Monadnock is part of Miller State Park and off 101 on the way to Keene.  We have never been there but decided to take a peek after our son and his family told us about the hike they took to the top.  We took the easy way up by car.  For seniors who live in the state of NH and are over 65 it is free. The ride up is a much smaller version of riding up the Mt. Washington auto road but it does have a few hairy twists and turns and it is a one-way road with two-way traffic.  It was not a very good day as you can see from the pictures but we still did get a beautiful view. On a clear day you can see all the way to Boston.

The Brenner Bridge in Peterborough NH crosses over the Nubanusit Brook and it is fairly new.  We discovered it on our walk along the Riverwalk in Peterborough.  Very peaceful and lovely views from the bridge.

We have been visiting The Rye Lobster Pound often this summer. It’s a great destination for a stop along the coast of New Hampshire to grab a bite to eat. This place is totally in the rough but there is always something to look at. Pictures include the Lobster hut, Rye Harbor and the Halloween decoration at the entrance to harbor.


Nothing more to be said about Jenness State Beach. On a clear day with a slight breeze, proud to live in the state of New Hampshire.

Slow down, smell the roses; when you don’t feel like venturing out, there is beauty in one’s own back yard!

GSA Linda Duquette
A few photos from volunteering at Bedrock Garden’s Fairy House Festival. I helped sign in the folks that brought in their houses. They were amazing!

GSA Norma Angwin
Visited my nephew yesterday in Merrimack. His daughter (will be 5 in Dec.) Maylee won a local prize for her (over 700 lbs) pumpkin recently. Thought the photo cute and wanted to share.

GSA Roberta Wells
For a scenic and entertaining fall drive, head to the Town of Chester at the junction of Rt 102 and Rt 121. This picturesque down goes all out for the season with a display of scarecrows sponsored by the Historical Society. Residents buy the canvas bag with faces already painted on them, then their imagination takes over creating unique scarecrows. Some represent historical figures, some are pure whimsy. This year there is even a Covid Scarecrow. Most are found in people’s front yards so you do not have to even leave your car to enjoy. But it is a beautiful town to just walk around for a closer look at the scarecrows and classic homes. Maps of scarecrow locations are available at local businesses. To date there are about 1100 scarecrows around the area. Keep your eyes open as you drive through and enjoy.


GSA Sarah Brown
Today I ventured out to do some genealogy research at the NH State Library now that they are allowing people inside with a reservation. First I said hello to John Winot.
Once I got settled at a microfilm machine with my list of old newspapers from my hometown of Newport, I spent a productive 2 hours discovering new information about my relatives. My Great Aunt Maud’s wedding was on page 1 in 1922. My mother was one of her bridesmaids. My Great Grandfather traveled frequently to New York and Boston on business. You never know what you’ll find!
If anyone wants help doing their genealogy, I’d be glad to offer advice.


GSA Roberta Wells
Out walking the dog this morning – I’d seen this before but took a closer look today…… roadside grave on a back road in Sanbornton NH dating back to the Civil War. Anyone know more about this? “Sylvester Chapman, 1st NH Cavalry, Company D”

GSA Dan Adams
Artist’s Bluff, Franconia Notch

GSA Marnie Cinquantini

I went on an adventure this weekend and included a bit of career development. You may already have some of this information but I thought I would share.

I visited the Dahl Wildlife Sanctuary in N Conway and it was a nice scenic walk some of the trail is along the Saco. The trail entrance is from the parking lot at the LL Bean in N Conway.

Great Glen trails and Gorham area is showing some color. The view just off the path of Frankenstein Cliff to Arethusa falls was beautiful. The photo doesn’t really display the colors were slightly darker. So I added the additional photo of the great color of the leaves above.

Also many of the restaurants are closed early in the week but also some are not taking reservations but putting guests on waitlists. So people may want to call ahead.

GSA Jean McGiffin (aka Biker Babe)

Last Sunday, friends and I visited Lake Sunapee…took a ride on the MV Mt Sunapee…great margarita by the way…ate a great meal at the Anchorage…clam chowder and grilled haddock sandwich were magnificent and then I took a ride on the back of the cycle from there down to Weare…a bit windy…but fun and I hadn’t been on a cycle since I was a kid I think…like maybe around the block?? Just another thing to take off the ‘ol “bucket list”…


GSA Dan Memos

A few weeks ago, I woke up one Sat morning and informed Anita that I wanted to go for a ride and she was welcome to join me. About 3 hours and 200 +/- miles later, we found ourselves in Randolph, NH looking at a memorial to 7 motorcyclists who lost their lives in a tragic accident a little over a year ago. It’s somewhat of a sacred place and the memorial is hauntingly beautiful.

Those of you who may watch NH Chronicle on WMUR are familiar with an entertainment group from NH called “Recycled Percussion”. They have a permanent residency in Las Vegas and perform a show called “Chaos & Kindness”. They also travel around the country doing benevolent things unexpectedly for people and places. They’re the ones who decided to raise the money, have the memorial constructed, and placed at the exact site of the accident. It’s located on US Rte. 2 between Jefferson and Gorham in front of a motel.

Now I know it’s beyond foliage season north of the mountains, but if anyone is traveling anywhere near the area, it’s well worth the extra few miles to visit this special place. I know we’re glad we took the ride.