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About halfway through the trail ride, Sally said, "This horse won't stay on the path." Sally is a 21-year-old college student who had paid me for an hour horseback ride on a Class-6 road through the woods. Sally was riding a gelding named Danny, who liked to walk on the edges of the trail. I had ridden him and knew that he would do exactly what I asked. If I wanted him to walk up a set of stairs, he would. Without rider guidance, Danny would follow his drummer and wander to the edge of the trail.

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Franconia Ridge, including the summits of Lincoln and Lafayette, was enshrouded in a layer of low hanging clouds when I reached the parking area of the Indian Head Trail. On the previous day we had torrential rain and the front was still moving through the mountains. So I thought, why waste …

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HOLDERNESS — Join the Squam Lakes Association for a rock painting session at the SLA barn, 534 U.S. Route 3, on Friday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-noon. During the session, artists will paint things found in nature such as flowers and trees on small rocks to keep in a garden, yard, or home. Lakes Regio…

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Remember when you turned 16-years-old, held your driver’s license in your hands for the first time and then backed the family car out of the driveway? Or when you turned twenty-one years old and were able to sidle up to a bar and order a real drink? These are moments we keep available in the…

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MOULTONBOROUGH — The New Hampshire Astronomical Society is offering a special opportunity to explore nighttime wonders at Castle in the Clouds. Stargazing will take place Tuesday, Aug. 25, and Monday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. The evening will begin with a night sky talk in the Carriage House. Aft…

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This is the time of year when the forest starts to get quiet during the heat of daylight hours. Most of the birds have finished nesting and are now busy raising their young, so they’re keeping a lower profile with a lot less singing. You will still hear the loud, endless song of a red-eyed v…

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At Miles Smith Farm, we have two kinds of cattle: Scottish Highlanders and Angus/Hereford cross-breeds. There are many differences between these breeds, but one is particularly striking. The Highlanders, both males, and females have enormous horns, and the others don't. In ancient times all …

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Thirteen of our 15 expected calves have been born, mostly without incident. Last year's calves are getting fat on summer grass and the vegetable scraps we collect twice a week from Shaw's in Gilford. Twenty-eight head graze at two different remote pastures, and our Scottish Highlander bull i…

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Whether you own a gravel bike, mountain bike, road bike, hybrid bike, electric bike, a bike with training wheels or a tricycle there are unlimited opportunities throughout the Lakes Region for a riding adventure. There are rail trails, US Forest Service roads, abandoned logging roads, mounta…

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HOLDERNESS — Anyone interested in designing their own clothes, tie dye, and floral and leaf patterns will enjoy a leaf printing workshop with LRCC member Maggy at the Squam Lakes Association on Friday, July 17, 10 a.m.-noon. Use leaves, flowers, and other natural textures to bleach print on …

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All but two of our expected calves have been born. We recently purchased two pregnant cows, which are due in August. We can live with that, but spring is the best time for calves to be born, when the grass explodes from the ground, and the weather is cool, but not freezing. To get the timing…

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HOLDERNESS — Volunteers are needed to help Squam Lakes Association Lakes Region Conservation Corps members with a day of trail work. Shifts are available Tuesday, July 7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and Thursday, July 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The focus will be on clearing water bars, removing blowdowns, clearing…