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Top 10 Things to Do in New Hamphire

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New Hampshire might be the greatest tourist destination in the continental United States.  If you’re an inexperienced traveller, it probably feels like there is just too much to see and do!  How could anyone navigate the rollercoaster ride of sea shores, mountain peaks, colonial history and fall foliage that New Hampshire has to offer? 

Well rest easy because we at Pantomerica have narrowed it all down into one concise and easy-to-navigate list of the top ten things to do in the Granite State.  So whether you love shopping at Goodwill or hanging out at Aunt Diane’s house, we’ve got all your tourism needs covered.  Just keep reading and try not to have too much fun!! (pro tip: you’re probably going to have too much fun) (pro pro tip: it will probably be when you get to Aunt Diane’s house)

 

1. The Goodwill On Lafayette Road In Portsmouth

Don’t be intimidated by this Goodwill because it’s in New Hampshire.  It’s just like every other Goodwill, except its in New Hampshire!  You will probably be asked to not take pictures inside (or maybe that was just us), but look how much fun we had in the parking lot with a not-so-new blow up cactus!  No need to waste your time with Lake Winnipesaukee, theres a whole ocean’s worth of goodies to find here.  (Seriously though reserve all flash photography for the parking lot) (Seriously seriously though the parking lot is great take lots of pictures)

 

2. Aunt Diane's House

Did you come to New Hampshire to see the splendid array of colors found in the fall foliage?  Forget about it! Just go to Aunt Diane's house and see the splendid array of colors found in her home decorating skills.  Trust us, we have a color blog.  

Who needs Autumn beauty with bathroom wallpaper like this!?

Who needs Autumn beauty with bathroom wallpaper like this!?

Don't fall into a tourist trap!  Just take it easy on Aunt Diane's couch.

Don't fall into a tourist trap!  Just take it easy on Aunt Diane's couch.

Flash photography totally welcome. 

Flash photography totally welcome. 

So there you have it.  Whether it's the Goodwill on Lafayette Road or Aunt Diane's house, be sure to take in everything New Hampshire has to offer!

Cruisin' With Carl

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We stayed with Carl for a couple days and he took us on a personal tour of the area.  We went on an amazing hike that over looked the river.  We walked through an array of native flora including wild New Mexico sage.  

We thought it would be a great idea to pick a bundle for a sage burning ceremony to purify our car (aka our home for the next 6 months).  Insider's tip: apparently the upholstery of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta is not fire proof.  

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Tess whipped out her phone to take picture of the scenery and Carl was quick to tease her about the constant need to look at the world through a lens.

Meanwhile, Maggie was hiding in a bush with her phone taking pictures of Carl looking badass in his bandana.

There was a small bench at the peak where we stopped let Carl “take it all in” and “really feel the beauty of nature” while the three of us pretended like we also knew how to “take it all in” and “really feel the beauty of nature."

 

Also part of the Carl tour of New Mexico included driving us out to an eery abandoned house (so we could take pictures for the Tumblrs we’re too old to have.  Don’t worry, Carl says you’re never too old to share artsy pictures on the internet with the hopes of impressing teenagers online.)  

Next we stopped at what I can best describe as a hippie wasteland.  It was basically an enormous tract of land dotted with broken down Volkswagen buses owned by white people with dreadlocks.  Nobody seemed to be doing much, or paying taxes.  We mostly just drove around listening to Carl making fun of them for being to lazy to build a real house.  Real houses have dragons. 

We also got a chance to visit the famous Earth Ships outside Taos.  These building have become a cultural and environmental phenomenon.  They are incredibly sustainable solar houses that are made out of old tires and bottles.  They are modern and beautiful and they even recycle water to grow food.  Seeing them in person was pretty spectacular.  

After listening to a short video in the visitors office about all the diverse and functional properties of the Earth Ships, we walked around and listened to Carl talk about how poorly structured they were.  To be fair, there were no dragons. 

Last we went to a spectacular river gorge with one of the most amazing views we’ve ever seen.  No comments form Carl about the structural quality of the bridge. 

Joshua Tree

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This bastard gives teddy bears a bad name. 

This bastard gives teddy bears a bad name. 

We found color 31 in Joshua Tree! 

This is a Cholla cactus, also known as a "teddy bear" cactus because, from certain angles, it looks snuggly. When the desert light shines on its razor-sharp thorns, it appears to be this cutesy pastel green-yellow. It essentially BEGS for you to reach out, touch it and feel its sharp, painful wrath. It's like if Paddington had a prison shank. 

Pretty sneaky, cactus, but we're intelligent human beings. We're too evolved to fall for a dorky little cactus' game, right? 

Bear Attack! Bear Attack!   Bear Attack! Bear Attack!   Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack!   Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack!   Bear Attack! (Teddy)   Bear Attack! 

Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack! Bear Attack! (Teddy) Bear Attack! 

Wrong. Not only was Maggie's ankle attacked by these "snuggling" chollas, but this is the second time in her life that this has happened. The original attack occurred during a previous trip to Joshua Tree in 2011. (The park ranger was kind enough to remind her how "dumb it is" to try to grab a desert cactus). 

What can we say? Color 31 is really pretty and nature can be a real douchebag.