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Quebec offers a skiing refuge during unseasonably warm stretch

Friday, February 5, 2016

Big Squaw Mountain ( in Greenville Junction, Maine really isn’t near to home for most of us. But Greenville is one of the great winter towns in New England. And it’s conveniently on the way to Quebec City if you are headed there (as we were). Marilyn and I arrived in Greenville on Saturday morning, just in time for a …

Active Outdoors: How about a mountain walk?

Saturday, January 23, 2016

My son Justin (who is, I’m afraid, a bit too much of a chip off the old block for his own good) and I were grumping around our respective houses, grumbling about the recent rains and micro snowstorms, much to the consternation of those who share those houses with us. My long-suffering wife …

Active Outdoors: Thumbing your nose at El Niño

Friday, December 25, 2015

On Dec. 12, it was nearly 55 degrees at Okemo Mountain ( in Ludlow, Vt. They had about 120 acres of trails open, and those trails were well covered with snow. No bare spots. It felt like a beautiful early-spring day – warm, but not so hot that the snow turned to slush …

Active Outdoors: How to guarantee a white Christmas

Friday, December 11, 2015

As I write this, it’s unseasonably warm and sunny and there’s only a hint of possible snow in the 10-day forecast. November was warm, and, so far, December is following along. Grrrr. Let’s face it, unless the weather …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …