By Michael Traver
HOC and STAHR ventured to the cabin on a wonderful, spring weekend for stargazing and hiking. We had some last-minute transportation difficulties on Friday, but after sorting it out most of the group was on the way to the cabin. The others joined us the next day. The first contingent arrived at the cabin on Friday evening, made dinner, played some games, and then went stargazing! It was a wonderfully clear night, and we were able to look at the moon, Saturn, the Beehive Cluster, and more through STAHR’s telescope. We learned about constellations, how to find the north star, and all manner of other interesting astronomy-related subjects. After a few games of cards and Bananagrams, it was off to bed.
Mark, Allison, and Nico arrived in the early afternoon on Saturday, and shortly thereafter we all headed out to Pinkham Notch to take a walk up Tuckerman’s. We enjoyed the warm spring weather as some of us hiked in shorts. We turned around after getting a wonderful view of the peaks up the trail in the distance and had a blast butt- and boot-sliding our way back down. Unfortunately it was too cloudy for stargazing on Saturday night, so we made good use of time with some very intense games of mafia, as well as a fantastic brainstorming session about how the astrophysics department can attract more concentrators and non-concentrators alike.
Thanks so much to STAHR for suggesting the trip! I had a great time meeting a bunch of wonderful people and learning about the stars – I hope everyone else did too!
General Region: New Hampshire (White Mountain NF) New Hampshire (other) Maine Massachusetts Out West Other
Trip Leaders: Michael Traver