In addition to May flowers, it also brings high water in rivers, lakes and streams. Awesome in its strength and beauty, spring thaw is also potentially dangerous and life threatening if attempting a water crossing or simply getting to close to take the perfect picture. Be aware of your surroundings, and follow these guidelines to have a safe and enjoyable spring visit:
Beware of slick and slippery rocks. Any amount of moisture and rocks become slippery and provide unstable footing.
If there is a rail, fence, or warning sign - heed it and don't try to go around or slip behind. The safety precautions are appropriately placed, most likely because of other unfortunate incidents at that location.
In the spring, water fluctuates rapidly. If there was a safe stream crossing earlier in the day, it may not be so on the return trip. Be certain to access if there are any changes and don't assume the conditions are the same.
The White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire are pleased to announce the fourth year of the WMNF Artist-in-Residence program. Interested artists in all media are invited to apply for the 2014 residency, a celebration of the connections between forest, landscape and culture. The deadline for applications is April 25.