The Glamour of Pawtuckaway

When I found out that I would be spending the next 10 weeks living in a tent at the Pawtucaway State Park campground my heart skipped a few beats. How on earth was I going to survive 10 weeks of camping? 10 weeks of dirt, bugs, and no wifi? After I set up my campsite, I climbed a large boulder that overlooks the lake and watched the sunset. That’s when it hit me. I wouldn’t be just regular old camping; I would be glamour camping or glamping as some people refer to it as.

One of the many Pawtuckaway sunsets.
One of the many Pawtuckaway sunsets.

But what exactly is glamping? Some people would say that it is camping without leaving any of the comforts of home behind, and all though I do have a fancy two burner coleman stove that’s about it when it comes to my amenities.

My camp stove can make some mighty fine eggs!
My camp stove can make some mighty fine eggs!

But don’t feel sorry for me. I am living in the lap of luxury. My campsite is nestled in a grove of tall hemlocks where their branches extend and cover me in their shade.

All a girl need is a tent and a fire ring!
All a girl needs is a tent and a fire ring!

It’s not far to the water’s edge where I can cool off in the refreshing waters of Lake Pawtuckaway. Afterwards I dry myself off on a sunny boulder.

Some boulders even come with a picnic table! That's some 5 star accommodations!
Some boulders even come with a picnic table! That’s some 5 star accommodations!

At night I am lulled to sleep by the distant calls of the loons, and I am awakened in the morning by the sweet chirping of the black-capped chickadee. As I explore the wonders of Pawtuckaway I am escorted by an array of dragonflies and butterflies that dance around me as I stroll the trails.

You will find many dragonflies at Pawtuckaway.
You will find many dragonflies at Pawtuckaway.

Finally, as I am gently rocked by the gentle breeze in my hammock I think about the many more weeks I will have here at Pawtuckaway, and how glamorous it will all be.

View of Lake Pawtuckaway from the fire tower on South Mountain.
View of Lake Pawtuckaway from the fire tower on South Mountain.
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Discover the Power of Parks is presented by New Hampshire State Parks in collaboration with the Student Conservation Association and made possible by generous financial support from Eversource. The program offers a look into the natural world through hands-on programming. Interpretive programs focus on connecting participants with nature and building appreciation for New Hampshire's unmatched natural heritage. Programs include guided hikes, interpretive tours, and imaginative environmental workshops for children and families. Programs are offered free to guests with paid park admission fee. No pre-registration is required.

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