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About Lisa Wiley

My name is Lisa Wiley and I am native to mid-New England, but a NH transplant once my husband and I started a family. We have five children and multiple pets, including a bassett named Rue who will be featured in many of my posts! I work in two academic libraries and recently completed a Bachelors in Education and Training through Granite State College. My husband and I are both educators and love outdoor adventures on a shoestring budget! On the side, we garden and raise chickens and angora rabbits. I enjoy spinning the angora fiber from these gentle animals into beautiful yarns. I can't wait to share the adventures of the 'Wiley Rangers' as we explore NH!
Walking on Water at Annette State Forest

Walking on Water at Annette State Forest

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Annette State Forest is 1500 acres on the corners of Rindge, Jaffrey and New Ipswich, NH.  It holds Annette Wayside Park and Hubbard Pond. Early March is definitely still winter in all parts of NH, and my husband, youngest son … Continue reading

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Watatic, Wapack Winter Hike

Watatic, Wapack Winter Hike

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Winter adventures in the woods with the family take a fair amount of consideration. Weather conditions in New Hampshire change dramatically on a dime and trail conditions become a major consideration. Finally a perfect day dawned for a family hike … Continue reading

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Chesterfield Gorge in Winter

Chesterfield Gorge in Winter

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Chesterfield Gorge State Wayside area on Rt. 9 in Chesterfield lies a few miles to the west of busy Keene, NH. This unique geologic wonder invites exploration in all seasons, but is best when the Wilde River is running high! … Continue reading

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Temple Mountain Retreat

Temple Mountain Retreat

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Hiking in late Autumn in NH demands preparation and creativity! Convincing myself to leave my cozy slippers for a walk in the woods is hard enough, convincing the family to come along can be a challenge. Thankfully, Autumn weekends provide … Continue reading

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Family Hiking 101: Pisgah's Kilburn Trail

Family Hiking 101: Pisgah’s Kilburn Trail

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I learned many important lessons on my recent visit to Pisgah State Park. Allow me to share with you a diary of our expedition one November afternoon…. I have been hungry to get back to the NH’s largest State Park, … Continue reading

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Shieling Forest & the last light of Autumn

Shieling Forest & the last light of Autumn

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In Peterborough NH lies a forested property named Shieling State Forest. These 45 or so acres are cared for by numerous conservation organizations, including NH Division of Forest and Lands and the Society for the Protection of NH Forests. In … Continue reading

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We share the Forest: Reminder for Hunters and Hikers

We share the Forest: Reminder for Hunters and Hikers

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Autumn in southern NH means color!  As the sun wanes and days get shorter, plants make less chlorophyll so their natural shades shine bright as they pass away.  A late afternoon hike around Annette Wayside Park in Rindge gave our … Continue reading

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Silver Lake State Park

Silver Lake State Park

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This last September Saturday was beautifully clear and warm.  Silver Lake State Park is easily accessed on Route 122, with a massive parking lot. At the far end of the lot there are hiking/biking trails supported by the town. Hollis … Continue reading

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Rhododendron & Little Monadnock

Rhododendron & Little Monadnock

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The changing fall landscape prompted our recent hike to Rhododendron State Park in Fitzwilliam, NH. This place is famous for it’s July blooms, but the trails are worth visiting in all seasons. We arrived in the later afternoon with a … Continue reading

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Clough Park State-of-Mind

Clough Park State-of-Mind

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If you ever find yourself needing a respite from noise and clutter, Clough State Park needs to be on your list. There is no way to get to this portion of NH without driving on winding roads and through historic … Continue reading

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