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It's Christmas Tree season on the White and Green Mountain National Forests and searching out a wild rtree is a perfect excuse for a day outdoors. All you need is a $5 permit. (Tim Jones/EasternSlopes.com photo)

Active Outdoors: Camping at home

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Thanksgiving storm left our home without electricity (and cable) for three days. Other people were without power much longer than we were. Fortunately, we were already planning to have dinner with friends and they had power. While we are lucky enough to have a generator that will power the core systems of the house, we run it just enough …

Active Outdoors: Determining your own opening weekend makes for a good time on the slopes

Friday, November 28, 2014

These days, there are really three sort-of-semi-official starts to the ski season in New England. There’s the “We’re open first!” start, usually in October or early November, when Sunday River (sundayriver.com), Killington (killington.com) and, sometimes, tiny Woodbury (woodburyskiarea.com) in Connecticut vie to be the first to make snow and turn their lifts. Then …

Active Outdoors: What are your plans for winter?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Mid-November to mid- or late-December is the season I call “Almost Winter.” The leaves have fallen but snow hasn’t – or, if it has, it’s reluctant to stick. A stretch of cold weather will be followed by a few warm days in a row, but, gradually, the cold will win out. Hooray! I …

Active Outdoors: Have you ever experienced wilderness?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, while our wives were enjoying a weekend of what they call “retail therapy” (which I refer to as “shoot me, now”), my buddy David and I threw packs on our backpacks and headed …

Active Outdoors: Snow’s coming! Are you ready?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Has anyone else gotten excited by the first hints of snow this season? It started back in mid-September, when it was still technically summer. We got a frosty night or two and Sunday River (sundayriver.com) up in Bethel, …

Active Outdoors: How did you use the gift of a beautiful weekend?

Friday, October 3, 2014

No doubt about it, we were given a gift: two days of warm temperatures and sunshine, on a weekend, in late September, with fall foliage coming on strong across northern New England. The question is: Did you appreciate …

Active Outdoors: Fall biking begins

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fall is absolutely the best time for biking in New England. There’s no better way to view fall foliage than from the seat of a bike (and no, I don’t mean one with a motor – that’s cheating). …

Active Outdoors: Paddling and hiking at three wilderness luxury lodgings in Maine

Saturday, September 6, 2014

My sweetheart Marilyn and I are rarely (well, actually, never) disappointed by our adventures, but it’s also rare to have an outing turn out far, far better than expected. Our Great Maine Wilderness Late Summer Getaway … was …

Active Outdoors: Paddling the Housatonic in Connecticut

Friday, August 22, 2014

People from Connecticut come north to play all the time, but people from New Hampshire rarely travel to Connecticut for outdoor fun. But it’s my contention that there’s always something worthwhile to do outdoors wherever you are, and …

Active Outdoors: Planning ahead pays off in late summer

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Barring a hurricane, late August and early September are typically a wonderful time for a New England getaway focused on the outdoors. Weekends can still be pretty busy in many tourist areas, but summer vacations are over for …

Active Outdoors: Three short summer outings

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It was a beautiful summer Saturday morning, with sunny blue skies, low humidity, temperatures in the 50s and headed for the high 70s. If July were always this nice, I’d be a big fan. Over breakfast, my sweetheart …

Paddling cures for the common July

Friday, July 11, 2014

Are you are among the significant minority (personally, I think we’re a silent majority!) of New Englanders who, when faced with the relentless sun, heat and humidity of July strive to accept with good grace the things we …

Active Outdoors: State parks mean inexpensive outdoor getaways

Saturday, June 28, 2014

‘With three school-age kids in sports leagues and summer activities, we don’t have the time or energy or money for more than our traditional vacation week away.” “My wife and I work too many hours, we’re saving every …

Active Outdoors: Maine’s mid-coast by bike

Friday, June 13, 2014

Leaving your car behind and traveling by bike is a wonderful way to really experience an area. You cover fewer miles, but you feel more. We did a four-day, three-night bike tour along Maine’s coast on the fingers …

Active Outdoors: A summer of cycle fests

Friday, May 30, 2014

You may see it differently, but I resolutely try to avoid anything that smacks of competition when I’m enjoying outdoor sports. I get that many (most?) other people find competition motivating and fun. But it isn’t for me. …