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Bretton Woods 11-23-15. This is how it looked at Bretton Woods on the Monday before Thanksgiving. They were open for skiing on Tuesday morning! (Bretton Woods photo)

Active Outdoors: Waiting on winter

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Frankly, I was hoping that Mother Nature would read my recent column on ice, take the hint, and start sending us some appropriately colder weather. What we got, instead, was rain … sigh. Is there anyone on the planet who likes cold November rain? Now we’ve finally had a couple of cold nights and the little pond near my house …

Active Outdoors: Things to remember with ice season just around the corner

Friday, November 13, 2015

Despite the fact that we’ve all been dancing outside in shorts and T-shirts in early November, something tells me that this is going to be an ice year. I’m betting the ponds will freeze up before there’s snow on the ground. Of course I’m probably going to lose this bet, but hey, maybe …

Active Outdoors: “Stick Season” hiking

Friday, October 30, 2015

Year in and year out, I do more hiking from mid-October until snow falls than the whole rest of the year. Mostly, it’s because I enjoy hiking when the leaves are down more than I do when the trails are muddy in the spring or hot, green tunnels in the summer. Partly, it’s …

Active Outdoors: Ski season’s here!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

As I started writing this column, the title was “Ski Season’s Coming.” Things have obviously changed for the better I received an email from the director of communications at Sunday River that, if all goes as planned, Sunday …

Active Outdoors: Sunday River sojourn

Saturday, October 3, 2015

My sweetheart Marilyn and I were at Sunday River near Bethel, Maine, this past weekend for what has become an autumn ritual for us. Bethel is one of the great outdoors towns in New England. The foliage viewing …

Active Outdoors: Four nights camping without a tent in Quebec

Friday, September 18, 2015

My sweetheart Marilyn and I have just returned from a wonderful camping getaway to the Eastern Townships of Quebec. We went in early September, but this would be a perfect foliage-season getaway. With the help of the friendly …

Active Outdoors: How did your summer go?

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Back in late June, I warned you that summer was almost over and that you needed to get out right then and start doing all the stuff you wanted to do while it was warm. Otherwise, you ran …

Active Outdoors: Learn how to ride a (mountain) bike

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Most of us learned how to ride a bike without training wheels before we were 10. Amazingly, this skill is just like, well, riding a bike – once you learn how, you never really forget. If you take …

Active Outdoors: Quebec’s Eastern Townships offer perfect late summer vacationing

Saturday, August 8, 2015

My profound apologies to those folks who revel in the heat and humidity of a summer day and love basking in the sun, but hooray! Summer’s almost over! Autumn’s arriving, and I, for one, can’t wait. Autumn, with …

Active Outdoors: Learning to mountain bike and exploring a rail trail on a southern sojourn

Friday, July 24, 2015

It’s one of those facts of life that define New England. Visit any parking lot in northern New England where people ski or hike or paddle or ride bikes or do anything fun and active outdoors, and you’ll …

Active Outdoors: Three days on a bike in Vermont

Friday, July 10, 2015

Looking for a quick, easy, very fun three-day, two-night biking getaway this summer or fall? Well, I have a beauty for you. We did this trek last September, after kids had gone back to school and just before …

Active Outdoors: So much to do, so little summer to do it in

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Summer’s almost over. Get out and enjoy it! Yes, yes, I know summer officially started less than a week ago, but bear with me here. If you really think about it, you’ll see the logic of what I’m …

Active Outdoors: Going by the book

Saturday, June 13, 2015

It almost sounds quaint in this age of Apple Watches and Google Glasses that something as old-fashioned as a book may still be your best source if you are looking for outdoor fun around New England. Sure, there’s …

Active Outdoor: Plan your one-night vacations this summer

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The way the world is structured today, most of us are tied into busy work, family and social schedules. With home offices, tablet computers and full web capabilities on our smart phones, it’s getting harder and harder to …

Active Outdoors: Prime waterfall time

Friday, April 17, 2015

Snow is a double blessing for Active Outdoors enthusiasts. Think back to late January and February, when, much to the joy of skiers and snowshoers, one snowstorm followed another and the hills of New England were covered with …