Deering

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When it comes to scenery, Deering offers something for just about everyone.; lakes, forests, mountains, fields, farms, you can find it all in Deering. I visited Deering two days in a row. Last week, while I was exploring Antrim, I crossed over into Deering and knew that it would be a great post for this week. You could certainly make a great day trip exploring Antrim and Deering.

The second day I went to Deering, I wanted to be at the Deering Reservoir at sunrise, and let me tell you, it was worth it…

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If I had to chose one word to describe Deering, it would be peaceful. Just about every place I visited gave off a feeling of peace and quiet. In fact, in some of the areas I went to I almost felt as if I were an intruder in the natural settings. I don’t think that Deering is toured too often, and that is a shame because it really is beautiful. Just be aware, when you visit Deering, bring drinks and a snack because there isn’t anywhere in town to buy one (although you are only a few miles to a store, just not in Deering). If you are lucky enough to own a plane, though, you can fly into Deering at the Hawthorne-Feather Airpark.

If reservoirs aren’t your kind of place to put in a kayak for the day, you could try the Contoocook River. I’ve kayaked this river from Bennington to Hillsborough several times…

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Just across the street…

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And if you are looking for an even quieter place to enjoy the water, then the beaver pond at the Deering Preserve is just the place for you (info from Paddling.net )…

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I had the great honor of meeting Beatrice Trum Hunter the day I was there. She donated 200+/- acres to the preserve. The meeting was by chance and we found many areas of overlapping interests. She is also a photographer, and has been featured at the Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, NH (where she won an award) for her incredible photos of ice crystal formations. I spent nearly 2 hours visiting with her and left with an invitation to come back and visit and a hug from an inspiring lady. I took this next picture with my visit with Beatrice still fresh in my mind, she showed me some of her ice formation photographs and I was inspired to look closer at things I usually pass by…

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I love the nearly perfect reflection of the lacy ice as the water below recedes.

So, you don’t own a kayak and water isn’t your thing. You’d rather see a farm animal than a beaver, never fear…Deering has many wonderful farms to drive by and admire…

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And what are beautiful farms without barns and outbuildings…

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Besides peace and quiet, I also noticed a strong sense of patriotism…

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Of course, you could just drive around and take in all the lovely vistas that just seem to appear down nearly every road…

I think I just missed Bambi

I think I just missed Bambi

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The intersection of Deering Center Road (Rt 149) and Old County Road offers one of the most beautiful views in town. I was there in early afternoon, and knew I had to go back at sunset…

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I finally tore myself away from the sunset. There was one more place I knew I wanted to get to before the day was done. The 2nd New Hampshire turnpike offers a gorgeous view of Crotched Mountain…

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Visit the town’s website of the history of Deering

For statistical information visit the state’s website about Deering

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Next week, we’ll be visiting one of New Hampshire’s smallest towns – Greenville

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