A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.

Kindness is contagious and doesn’t cost a thing.

Kindness is an investment. Good karma is the return.

Money makes you rich. Kindness makes you great.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.

Choose kindness…It matters.

Do good. Be great. Believe there is good in the world.

Be kind to others. Your random act of kindness might become someone’s best lifetime memory.

Sometimes, a single random act of kindness can become the spark that ignites a revolution.

Be nice to people. Sometimes, a smile is all it takes to start a chain of kindness.

Be kind to others without expecting anything in return. Karma is keeping a tab.

Kindness may be blind but it is the most eye-opening feeling one can get. Thanks for being kind.

Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.

Have courage and be kind.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. - Mark Twain

When words are both true and kind, they can change the world. —Buddha

Be a little kinder than you have to. —E. Bennett

Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. —Malala Yousafzai

In a gentle way, you can shake the world. —Mahatma Gandhi

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. —Robert Louis Stevenson

Believe there is good in the world.—Unknown

The world is full of kind people...If you can't find one, be one. - Unknown

Kindness is free; Let's pass it on. - Unknown

I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. - Vincent Van Gogh

We don't have to agree on anything to be kind to one another. - Unknown

If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that. - Unknown

Every act of kindness creates a ripple with no end. - Unknown

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. - Jane Goodall

Go be kind. - Unknown

Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. - Maya Angelou

Tips For Hiking In New Hampshire and Maine

Now that winter is officially gone and summer is around the corner, it’s a great time to get outside and explore the beautiful trails in New Hampshire and Maine! Because there are thousands of trails to hike and explore, we won’t even start to list them all. Instead, we’ll provide you with resources to find ones near you (or wherever you’re traveling), how to pack properly for the journey and important tips and tricks for a safe and beautiful hike!

Finding A Trail

There are many great resources for looking up trails to hike. One of our favorite websites is Alltrails.com (it’s also an App!). AllTrails allows you to search nearby trails and walking paths by area within a certain radius. Once you’ve honed in on a location, you can set preferences such as driving directions, length, difficulty, accessibility, and the most important… if it is dog friendly! The best part about this site is people can leave comments and instructions about the path such as where to find the entrance, if there are any treacherous spots, and favorite places for photographs.

What To Pack

No matter if a hike is 15 minutes or 15 hours (yes those exist), it is incredibly important to be prepared. You never know if the weather will change or if you’ll accidently get hurt or lost. Always pack plenty of water, a few extra layers (like a jacket or extra socks), navigation tools (a printed map, compass, or GPS), snacks, a knife or multi-tool, and first-aid supplies. Don’t forget sunscreen and bug spray! Adjust accordingly to the duration and difficulty of the hike. New Hampshire H Fish and Game has put together an excellent packing list here. Superficially for New Hampshire, it is highly encouraged to purchase a Safe Card for $25 in the case you need to be rescued, it will save you thousands!

Important Details

  • Before beginning a hike, whether you are by yourself or with a group, always tell someone you trust where you are going and your expected return time. Keep them updated if cell service allows and always let them know when you are finished and headed home.
  • If you feel unprepared or the weather abruptly changes, turn back, you can always try again on a different day.
  • Wear appropriate footwear; do not use a long hike to break in a new pair of shoes, and make sure they are closed toe with plenty of support. In the spring especially, it’s HIGHLY encouraged to pack ice cleats or spikes – there can be ice on the mountains in NH until the end of May and some cases, June.
  • Lastly and most importantly: take only photographs and leave only footprints.

Happy Hiking!

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