New Year’s and my Tuck Bucket List

Claire B. TP'14, January 02, 2013 | 0 comments
Tags: community, Hanover NH, Upper Valley, Social and Extracurricular, New England, Dartmouth, partners and families

Happy New Year everyone!!  We spent New Year's up here in NH and had a great time skiing, laughing, and relaxing with fellow Tuckies and TPs.  Many of us left town to spend time over winter break with our families, though I must say I was really looking forward to coming back "home" to our lives up here and this wonderful community.


I'm not all that good at making or keeping New Year's resolutions, so instead I've decided to commit to writing my own personal bucket list of things I want to do/see/accomplish here before Will graduates in 2014.  In our first few months, I can already check off a bunch of things from the list.  We still have a year and a half left, but I'm a little worried about having enough time to get through all there is to see and do here!


My Tuck Bucket List (so far):


Visit the Simon Pearce factory store and see the glass blowers work
          - Eat in the Simon Pearce restaurant (<-- this was delicious, for the record)
Visit/windowshop in historic Woodstock, VT
• Dine at the Woodstock Inn
• Visit to the Tunbridge World's Fair (missed it this past fall, I'm still kicking myself over that)
• Watch hot air balloons fly at the Quechee (VT) Balloon Festival in June
          - RIDE in a hot air balloon (timing doesn't matter!)
• Visit the Quechee Gorge and walk down it
• Camp in a cabin on the Dartmouth Land Grant
• Hike Mount Gile (Norwich, VT) and climb the fire tower
• Hike Mount Cardigan (a "bald" mountain) and climb the fire tower
• Hike Mount Ascutney
• Run the Covered Bridges Half Marathon in June (already registered!)
• Run the CHaD (Children's Hospital at Dartmouth) Half Marathon in October (missed it for a friend's wedding this past fall)
Learn to play ice hockey
See the Orozco Murals housed in Dartmouth's library (nominated for a National Historic Landmark designation)
Climb Baker Tower and look out over the Dartmouth Green
Experience the bonfire on the Green for Dartmouth's homecoming weekend
See a Dartmouth football game
• See a Dartmouth hockey game (going with a bunch of TPs in January)
• Go snowmobiling
• Go snowshoeing
• Cross-country ski (there's a Skyline trail in Pomfret, VT)
• Go dogsledding
• Chop down our own Christmas tree (never did this growing up... don't even know where to start!)
• Go apple picking
• Go berry picking
• Hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail
• Walk Holt's Ledge in Lyme, NH
• Skate on Dartmouth's Occom Pond
          - Play hockey on Occom Pond?
• Swim in the Connecticut River
Eat at the Norwich Inn
• Stroll the streets of Montreal (heading there this January with 200+ Tuckies/TPs)
• Visit Burlington, VT
• Take a factory tour of Ben and Jerry's ice cream plant in VT
Sample the products at Cabot's store in Vermont
• Visit/stay in Dartmouth's Moosilauke Lodge
• Go sledding/tubing
• See a production at Northern Stage Theatre (White River Junction, VT)
• Audit at least one class at Tuck/Dartmouth (I'm excited to be auditing Intro to Entrepreneurship, beginning next week)
Enjoy the best breakfast in the Northeast at Four Aces Diner
See a performance at the Hop
• Get a farm share in the summer and enjoy fresh, local produce
• Visit the local farmers' markets as much as humanly possible
• **Last but not least--something I have no control over so I can't really put it on the bucket list--but I really want to see a bear and/or a moose while I'm up here... I'm pretty sure I would drop dead on the spot.

Happy 2013 to you all!!







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