Boston Inspiring Connections Outdoors
NH White Mountains & Copper Cannon Camp - June 10 & 11, 2017
On Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, nine participants from Zumix met up with volunteers Julie and Ben and Zumix staff member Scott for a weekend in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
After meeting up in East Boston and going over the weekend plan - covering the Leave No Trace principles - the group piled into the van and drove to the Copper Cannon Camp in Bethlehem, NH. With hip hop music blasting and free styling ongoing we passed through Franconia Notch - home of some of the higher peaks in NH that piqued participant's interest. Upon arrival, the group received a tour of the camp by the Camp Director, Pete, with particular attention to the PV system on the dining hall and the large musical instruments hanging from the trees in one area. The kids immediately started playing and then free styling together.
After playing a camp game and helping to move a giant chair together we ate lunch and prepared for the 5 mile round trip hike up the Coppermine Trail to Bridalveil Falls. Water, food, bug spray, sunscreen, and another Leave No Trace recap were taken to the trailhead where we began hiking along Coppermine Brook in the White Mountain National Forest. The brook was running strong with recent rain and the bugs, mostly mosquitos, although plentiful and slightly annoying were not biting too much. Bug spray was a good friend, nonetheless.
The mixed forest of maple, birch, pine, and hemlock kept us protected from the otherwise cloudy skies. Participants utilized the instant camera ICO brought and we stopped a few times on the way up for some photo shoots. The ravine started to narrow and we gained elevation as the trail became slightly steeper. When we reached the falls we were warm, and Scott took the plunge into the chilling pool at the base of the falls. Upon returning to camp we set up our sleeping bag, pads, and (a few of us) tents, and then made dinner. At the campfire with smores we told "ghost" stories and relaxed as we were tired from the hike.
On Sunday we awoke to the peace and quiet of the mountains, and camp dog, Rosco, got us pumped up for the day. After breakfast, we made lunch and packed up the van, held a closing circle at the firepit where the conservation message of climate change was hit home by the camp's PV system in sight. We said good bye to the CCC, Pete, and Rosco and stopped by Franconia Notch State Park for a visit to the beach at Echo Lake. A few of us took a dip in the cool water that sits at the base of Cannon Mountain Ski Area. After a closing circle we were on the road to Zumix and the hot humid city with a solid NH mountain experience under our belts.