Livin’ Free in the 603: Check Off Your Summer Bucket List Before it’s Back to School

#LakeLife – Exploring Monadnock’s Own Little Lakes Region …

Sometimes I find it funny that there’s a “Lakes Region” of NH because it implies that other areas of the state lack ample bodies of water. In my Southwest corner of the state here in Cheshire County our region boasts around 90+ bodies of water available to residents for recreational activities! What these lakes lack in size when compared with the lakes of the Northern Lakes Region they make up for with their quaint, serene atmospheres. You can truly get lost in the moment at these lakes and ponds. You’ll be more likely to find yourself at one with nature versus competing for prime real estate out on the water. These local hidden gems of the Monadnock region offer a return to anyone who invests their time at one of these spots.

Before summer ends peel yourself off your sofa and make sure to get out in the great outdoors to take advantage of the fun that awaits in your state’s backyard. Here are some inspirational ideas to get you going. And if you haven’t started your swimming hole bucket list, now’s the time. Have you really made the time to explore every lake on the list below?

#30 – Float your heart out.

Photo Courtesy of Fallon Michelle. Taken at Cass Pond in Richmond.

# 29 – Catch an epic sunset.

Photo courtesy of Jackie Trombly. Taken at Spofford Lake in Chesterfield.

Photo courtesy of Jaime Turner LaRoche. Taken at Hyland Lake in Stoddard.

Photo courtesy of Jackie Trombly. Taken at Spofford Lake in Chesterfield.

#28 – Introduce an infant to the lake life.

They’ll be thrilled there’s no waves knocking them over.

Photo Courtesy of Kristen Seitz. Taken at Cunningham Pond in Peterborough.

Photo Courtesy of Trever King. Taken at Granite Lake in Nelson.

My aunt and niece at the public town beach at Spofford Lake in Chesterfield.

#27 – Find a rope swing at a secret swimming spot.

Photo Courtesy of Madison Brei Phippard. Taken at Dort Road in Surry.

#26 – Sport an American flag and celebrate living in the land of the free.

Photo courtesy of Heather Lynn LaPoint. Taken at Forest Lake in Winchester.

#25 – Find solitude and serenity at an isolated pond.

Photo courtesy of Heather Lynn LaPoint. Taken at Goose Pond in Keene.

#24 – Cool off your furry friends who can’t shed their heavy coats during the peak of summer temps.

Photo courtesy of Heather Lynn LaPoint. Taken at Goose Pond in Keene.

Photo courtesy of Jackie Trombly. Taken at Goose Pond in Keene.

Photo courtesy of Nicole Greene. Taken at Stone Pond in Marlborough.

#23 – Let your little ones ankle wade in crystal clear water.

Photo courtesy of Madison Brei Phippard. Taken at Goose Pond in Keene.

#22 – Catch a sunrise on the water while the rest of the world still sleeps.

Photo courtesy of Jackie Trombly. Taken at Goose Pond in Keene.

Photo courtesy of Jackie Trombly. Taken at Goose Pond in Keene.

Photo courtesy of Nicole Greene. Taken at Laurel Lake in Fitzwilliam.

#21 – Watch the morning fog evaporate off a lake before your very eyes.

Photo courtesy of Jackie Trombly. Taken at Goose Pond in Keene.

Photo courtesy of Jackie Trombly. Taken at Goose Pond in Keene.

#20 – Find a body of water so still that you can’t tell the reflection from the real thing.

Photo courtesy of Jason Redfield. Taken at Goose Pond in Keene.

#19 – Do the doggy paddle… with a dog.

Photo courtesy of Heather Lynn LaPoint. Taken at Goose Pond in Keene.

#18 – Take it all in… literally. Enjoy the most beautiful panoramic shots with your camera lens or the naked eye.

Photo courtesy of Kelly McKenney. Taken at Granite Lake in Nelson.

#17 – Engage with nature. Say hello to a family of ducks passing by.

Photo courtesy of Jaime Turner LaRoche. Taken at Hyland Lake in Stoddard.

Photo courtesy of Jaime Turner LaRoche. Taken at Hyland Lake in Stoddard.

#16 – Teach your kids to kayak or go tandem if they can fit.

Rent for $25/4 hours at Highland Lake Marina.

Photo courtesy of Jaime Turner LaRoche. Taken at Hyland Lake in Stoddard.

Photo courtesy of Melissa Bidwell. Taken at Laurel Lake in Fitzwilliam.

#15 – Catch a fish… LOTS of fish.

Photo courtesy of Zachery Brown. Taken at Silver Lake in Harrisville.

Photo courtesy of Zachery Brown. Taken at Silver Lake in Harrisville.

Photo courtesy of Brandon James. Taken at Surry Mountain Lake in Keene.

Photo courtesy of Deanna Savola. Taken at Laurel Lake in Fitzwilliam.

Photo courtesy of Deanna Savola. Taken at Laurel Lake in Fitzwilliam.

#14 – Assign a new captain to your vessel… maybe even one with four legs.

Photo courtesy of Deanna Savola. Taken at Laurel Lake in Fitzwilliam.

Photo courtesy of Jackie Trombly. Taken at Spofford Lake in Chesterfield.

#13 – Enjoy a picnic lunch on a dock or sandy beach.

Photo courtesy of Erika Lynn. Take at Laurel Lake in Fitzwilliam.

#12 – Try paddle boarding.

Photo courtesy of Erika Lynn. Taken at Laurel Lake in Fitzwilliam.

#11 – Drink in the breathtaking view of crystal clear water on a perfect summer day.

Photo courtesy of Melissa Bidwell. Taken at Laurel Lake in Fitzwilliam.

Spofford Lake in Chesterfield.

#10 – Get lost in moments so beautiful you feel like you’re living in one of those fancy calendar shots.

Photo courtesy of Nicole Greene. Taken at Laurel Lake in Fitzwilliam.

Photo courtesy of Matthew Smith. Taken at Stone Pond in Marlborough.

Photo courtesy of Madison Brei Phippard. Taken at Wilson Pond in Swanzey.

#9 – Get out on the water for an Indian summer and relish in the world famous New England fall foliage.

Photo courtesy of Whitney Giniewicz. Taken at Lake Nubanusit in Hancock.

Photo courtesy of Whitney Giniewicz. Taken at Lake Nubanusit in Hancock.

#8 – Find a natural water slide.

Photo courtesy of Heather Lynn LaPoint. Taken at Otter Brook in Keene.

#7 – Search for tadpoles – or when all else fails fill your water gun and prepare to super soak someone.

Photo courtesy of Madison Brei Phippard. Taken at Otter Brook Park in Keene.

#6 – Sunbathe (with sunscreen) and act like a celebrity vacationing in Cacaos every day.

Oh wait – it is your life every day if you live in NH!

Photo courtesy of Nicole Derosia. Taken at Silver Lake in Harrisville.

#5 – Run around a lake and then have the most refreshing swim of your life when you’re done.

Photo of Body & Soul, #13in13 Runners and the Run Club courtesy of Sara Alderfer. Taken at Spofford Lake in Chesterfield.

#4 – Create memories to last a lifetime for your children.

Show them the power of the great outdoors and leave those tablets in the drawers at home.

Photo Courtesy of Heather Lynn LaPoint. Taken at Swanzey Lake in Swanzey.

Photo courtesy of Madison Brei Phippard. Taken at Silver Lake in Harrisville.

Photo courtesy of Heather Lynn LaPoint. Taken at Wilson Pond in Swanzey.

#3 – Practice gratitude on evenings when Mother Nature grants you a freshly painted sky of the most spectacular hues.

Photo Courtesy of Jason Redfield. Taken at Stone Pond in Marlborough.

Photo Courtesy of Jackie Trombly. Taken at Spofford Lake in Chesterfield.

Photo Courtesy of Sandra Torres Bischof. Taken at Cass Pond in Richmond.

#2 – Appreciate the great outdoors. Observe and reflect on what you find.

Photo courtesy of Deanna Youtsey. Taken at Willard Pond in Antrim.

#1 – Be proud to Live Free or Die in the #603.

Never take a moment for granted living amongst the amazing scenery, the fresh clean lakes and enjoying all our Granite State has to offer.

Photo Courtesy of Carley McGuirk. Taken at Spofford Lake in Chesterfield.

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