So we have been gracing you with notes from our trip to New Hampshire over the past few weeks in an effort to add updated material to the blog. Much of the material was added from 2013 to late 2014. Things change though so let's put another note up "on the board" so to speak. Today, let's take a visit to see Santa!
Our family has visited Santa's Village more over the past year than its "competitor" Storyland mainly because this park appeals to a somewhat older crowd (meaning 6-8yr olds vs 4-6). Let's face it...my kids are getting older and this is what happens. In fact, we took a recent trip to Canobie lake in Salem, NH and my soon to be 9 year old rode on Cannonball - basically, her eyes are now open to even more aggressive and exciting rides! Conversely, Storyland may be "over" for her in terms of excitement. The twins are also moving up the spectrum as well though they are not quite giving up on Storyland yet! Santa's Village has just moved into the "sweet spot" for the trio overall so to speak. As for our most recent trip to Santa's Village, it was truly "sweet" and perhaps our best one yet!
Before going into our day, let me share with you the conditions for a perfect day (i.e. A realistic view) at an amusement park.
So if you have never been to Santa's Village, here are some notable links to consider:
They also have an app (which is pretty good though I am having issues linking to it at the moment). It shows you a map of the park and helps with finding the "elves" as well (kids get a prize if they find each Elf in the park).
So how was our day?
Tale of Two Perfect cities?
Have you ever had a situation, experience or something similar where everything just happened to fall into place? Well, this was our day at Santa's Village. We hit each ride when the lines were low to ok, we hit the gingerbread house when it was empty and everything else in between lacked the hassle that normally comes from a busy day at an amusement park. In a word, it was a "perfect" day at the park. As for the two "perfect cities?" Well this place has a water park in addition to the regular rides and the day went very well!
Here is why
In short, our day was great at Santa's Village. Everything seemed to fall into place and while I realize this is a rarity at any park, I can only hope for similar experiences in the future! The kids had fun. My wife had fun and I got a gingerbread cookie! (And had fun)
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When one visits the same location over and over, whether for comfort or something else, it can be considered “go to” location which could include Restaurants, running routes, amusement parks and much more. A “go to” recreational location for us each time we venture out of our condo in New Hampshire is “Diana’s Baths” – located about 5 minutes from our location. Now the first time someone mentioned this place to me several year ago, I immediately thought of a museum or a farm (as I had never been to the area before). But I was very wrong! It is so much better than such and an overall great place to spend the day – as a family, as a couple or all by oneself! And best of all of you are staying with us, it is 5 minutes from the condo down West Side Road!
Before proceeding with a full discussion and our views, what is Diana’s baths? Here is a rundown from AllTrails.com.
This trail and waterfall combo is not challenging from a hiking perspective compared to the jaunts earlier in the week. It is a short walk to the bottom of the falls (and very flat to that point by the way). Then to get to the top of the falls, some climbing of rocks and over roots here and there has to be done, though it is not tremendously steep. In some spots, it can be tough to climb but the alternative – taking a wider route – can remedy any issues that one has about climbing, making the move to the top easier on the legs.
The climb is but one piece of your day at Diana’s paths. Here are a few othe tidbits to consider.
The AllTrails site (shown above), gives this trail a (out of 5) which I would agree with. If you rank the hikes we have done this week (from a “family” point of view) I would rate them as follows (with 1 the best)
Mount Willard 1/2
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