It was a quiet Labor day here in Southern NH. After a failed trip up to Tripoli Road, we decided we would stay home and relax. Camping had been a great idea, the only problem was that everyone goes camping holiday weekends. We got up and settled into a beautiful campsite. There is something incredible about the White Mountain National Forest. The only issue is that there is little staff, even on a holiday weekend. Mix this with visitors who are not aware of basic etiquette, and it became an interesting night.
We woke up to chainsaws and drunks taking pop shots at 3am. There was loud music, and intoxicated people screaming into the darkness. It was one of the scariest experiences I have ever had. The next morning, we left Tripoli and decided to see if there were any other campgrounds with sites available. Unfortunately everywhere else was booked, so we headed home.
I was incredibly disappointed with what I saw up there. As a hunter, people who have no respect for firearms make me very angry. Firearms always need to be treated with utmost respect. People who cannot display this type of respect should not be allowed to handle them. People were in large groups blasting music and yelling. There was trash in many of the sites as well. There were trees that had their bark taken off by axes. Live trees should be left alone. The wood is wet, so that even if the idiots bring it down, it won’t burn. I have no problem with people coming to our state to experience nature, I just wish they would leave it as they found it. These wild places deserve our respect not to be destroyed or disrespected.
We are planning a trip later in September, when things quiet down. I love the woods when they are quiet. I hate writing so negatively, I just felt the need to shed some light on all of this.
When you live in a state with an economy based in tourism, it is better to stay home on holiday weekends. You learn to find the hidden spots, off the beaten path. Later this weekend, we took a trip to a local reservoir. It was a beautiful clear day, and quiet. There were people there, but it was much less crowded. I spent the day sitting at the lakes edge reading, which for me was perfect. I don’t want the crowds, I just want to sit in nature and enjoy the beautiful weekend.