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North Conway, NH
New England has wonderful mountains, enjoyable lakes, and lively cities. New England also has Mensa! This fall, come on up and enjoy both hiking and Mensa, at that wonderful time when the bugs have gone, the weather is wonderful, and the leaves are beginning to change.
We will once again be at David Heimann’s ski club lodge, the Skiwheelers Ski Club in North Conway, NH (see http://www.skiwheelers.org for further information on the club). The lodge is a lovely 19th-century building, originally built as an inn. In the 1970s, it was used as the location for the movie Return of the Secaucus Seven. It is close enough to the center of North Conway to be easily accessible to all the shops and activities there, yet far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet of the woods, trees, and country roads.
The weekend is low-key and unstructured. The one planned activity is—you guessed it—hiking! Depending on preference, we can go to a mountain peak or other significant destination or take a couple of hours over easy terrain to reach a scenic viewpoint, waterfall, or other point of interest (or have a choice of two hikes, one of each type). Of course, you can also explore more relaxing activities such a short walk or drive, some shopping (North Conway has a few places!), or hanging around the lodge (there's a TV, pool table, piano, books, games, and videos).
The weekend includes two nights' accommodations, two full breakfasts, Saturday dinner, and snacks and soft drinks (BYOB for anything stronger), for $80 per person (yes, inflation, in the form of increased guest fees by Skiwheelers, has finally taken its toll). Registrations without accommodations are $40; North Conway has various hotels and lodgings, as well as some good nightspots. We all do the cooking and housekeeping cooperatively, which definitely increases the feeling of closeness and camaraderie. We generally pick out the hikes on Friday night and leave right after Saturday breakfast (around 9:30 or so), stopping at a store on the way to the trail for people to buy sandwiches and the like for lunch.
To sign up and reserve a place, send a check for $80 per person to David Heimann, 65 Cornwall St. #206, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, or send an e-mail pledging that amount to heimann.david[at]gmail.com. You'll receive confirmation and directions to the lodge by return mail, e-mail, or phone call. If you have questions or need more information, contact David by e-mail or phone (617) 524-4531, or call Bob & Breny Horn at (781) 843-5581.
So here it is: wonderful weather, glorious mountains and forests, invigorating countryside, great people, and, of course, Mensa—all in one wonderful weekend!
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