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What Do You Want From Your Vacation?

What do you really want from your vacation?

Asking yourself this question before you travel is important. It's an especially important question if you're traveling with a large group as to get what you really want you're going to have to fit it into the agenda.

There are many considerations when answering this question.

For one, food. How important is food to your vacation?  Are you happy to visit the local grocery store, stock up, and eat your favorites, or do you like to visit restaurants that have local color and flavor? If you desire good restaurants, you'll have to do a bit of research beforehand to find those places. Whatever the menu you desire, if it's a priority it will take some planning.

Another consideration is accommodations. Will you tent, stay at a motor lodge, rent a home, or get a fancy hotel room? Again, this takes preparation. As you consider your accommodations think about your needs or desire for privacy, space, a view, and ambiance.

Third, wha…

Mt. Washington Hike

Who: Active individuals.
What: Climb Mt. Washington, the northeast's highest peak.
When: Clear, dry days in late spring, summer, or early fall.
Where: New Hampshire
Why: A chance to hike with friends in a beautiful environment.
How: Plan ahead, do your research, pack and dress appropriately.

The White Mountains National Forest offers multiple outdoor activities for young and old. There are short, flat hikes, waterfall trails, river play, boating excursions, and multiple mountain hikes short and long. The highest peak is Mt. Washington which offers a 360-degree vista on a clear day.

Mt. Washington is a strenuous, approximately 4-mile rocky ascent. There are multiple trails to the summit and there's the chance to camp or stay in a cabin along the way if you want to break the trip up into multiple days. You can choose to hike straight up and down or take a ridge hike from a nearby mountain. Whatever you choose, make sure that you check in with the rangers at the base to ensure that it…