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Active Outdoors
Jim Flynn finds that a straight line is the best way over some tree roots in a recent Mountain Biking Skills Clinic in Burlington, CT. (Tim Jones/EasternSlopes.com photo)

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 someone who hasn’t ridden a bike in 30 years, put them on a bike seat, chances are, after a few wobbles, they’ll be pedaling away and smiling while they do it. A mountain bike is basically like any other bike. It has two wheels, a seat and pedals. The tires are wider than most other bikes, the frame is built for a purpose, but it rides pretty …

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 its warm days, cool nights and lower humidity is the absolute best time of the …

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 inevitably see lots of cars with Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island license plates. …

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 …

Active Outdoors: Four ways to enjoy April

Friday, April 3, 2015

I know it’s tough, watching all that wonderful snow melt and seeing the magnificently memorable winter of 2014-15 come to a close much too soon, it seems. But once the sun starts climbing in the sky, spring becomes …

Active Outdoors: Enjoying winter while it lasts

Saturday, March 21, 2015

This column could also be titled: “Why I’ll still be writing about skiing in mid-April.” The winter of 2014-15 got a late start. Except for the Thanksgiving storm (which was really too early to count, since all the …

Active Outdoors: Great skiing! More ahead!

Friday, March 6, 2015

The main reason I ski in December, January and even early February is so my legs will be in shape for March and April. The best of New England skiing starts after Presidents’ Week and lasts until the …

Active Outdoors: For outdoors lovers, it could be the best winter ever

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sure, we all feel sorry for the poor commuters in Boston and other coastal cities. Almost everyone wishes all that snow had fallen on the northern hills instead of the coast. But spring will come too soon and …

Active Outdoors: Blizzard! Blizzard!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Even with satellites, radar and sophisticated computer models, weather forecasting is still a very imprecise science. Especially in New England. The “Blizzard of 2015” in late January is the perfect example. It was originally forecast to bury everything …

Active Outdoors: Don’t wait for real “winter” to arrive before you decide to get outdoors

Friday, January 23, 2015

What have you been doing for fun this “winter.” In much of New England, the end of 2014 and the start of 2015 have brought less snow than most of us hope for. The MLK weekend rain storm …

Active Outdoors: “Uphilling” at ski areas

Friday, January 9, 2015

Climbing the hill under your own steam before skiing or riding down is one of the hottest trends in winter sports these day. Advances in equipment have made “uphilling” more accessible than ever, and more and more and …