Not everyone who seeks to explore the woods is a peak-bagger. The allure of “redlining” all the trails in the Belknaps or hiking all 48 4,000-foot summits in New Hampshire doesn’t appeal to all.

There’s an odd pleasure that comes from climbing on a tractor and mowing a field. You can measure your accomplishment of the task in the neat parallel tracks that the tractor lays out behind the bushhog. It speaks to the desire to impose your own sense of order on what can sometimes appear t…

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