Clear
61°
Clear
Hi 89° | Lo 60°
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: First-day hikes start the new year right

Thursday, December 25, 2014

So … would you rather start the New Year off with a hangover or a dose of fresh air, exercise and fun? I think it’s safe to say that most Active Outdoors aficionados would choose the latter. It’s …

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 …

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) …

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 …

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 …