Dan's Story

Dan Newton
Spending time outdoors is more than just recreation for one New England teacher and writer. He finds inspiration and renewed faith in the great northern forests.

Dan Newton lives in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, where he studies the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. He is inspired by philosophies about the natural word, saying that for him “the natural world has taken on spiritual significance.”

Continuing a heritage of outdoor life

Dan arrived in this little resort town after growing up as a ski racer, and the slopes are one of the things that keep him here. As a boy, he also learned about hiking and fly-fishing from his father.

Now he is a father of two kids himself. He is happy to be raising them in the mountains, though he admits they “aren’t much into the hiking idea yet. Seems like work to them.”

Finding meaning in the wild

Dan also is an English teacher who takes to the White Mountain National Forest for camping and skiing with his family as well as for exercise and inspiration for his fiction writing.

“[Being outdoors is] about freedom and narrowing one’s existence to the essentials of life thereby finding lasting meaning.”

He is active in his community too, serving as the president of the local hiking club, The Waterville Valley Athletic & Improvement Association, which formed in 1888.

For Dan, being outdoors is “about freedom and narrowing one’s existence to the essentials of life thereby finding lasting meaning. It stresses beauty and art.” He adds, “Above all, it’s about discovery.”

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White Mountain National Forest