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Downhill Mountain Biking requires a bike built for that purpose and the skills best learned on easier terrain like this "green circle" run at Sunday River. (Tim Jones/ photo)

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 is as good around here as anywhere in New England, and a slopeside condo with a small kitchen is a deal at off-season rates. We keep going back to Bethel simply because there’s so much to do. Last year, for example, the foliage was near peak and the weather was perfect so we rode the shuttle service offered by Bethel Outdoor Adventure ( and paddled 10 miles …

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 (and English-speaking) folks at Eastern Townships Tourism (, 800-355-5755) we planned an easy, relaxed adventure …

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 a real risk of having the summer fly by without having done anything really fun …

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. …

Active Outdoors: Searching the wild for fiddleheads

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Imagine, if you can, a world without cell phones, computers and fast-food restaurants on every street corner. Okay, got that? Now take a small step backwards from there to a world without an interstate highway system, big trucks …

Active Outdoors: A super-fun whitewater paddling school

Friday, May 2, 2014

Do you love the adrenaline rush of roller coasters? Getting tossed around by big waves at the beach? Have you ever stood in front of a front-loading washing machine and wondered what it would be like to be …

Active Outdoors: Join the club for more fun

Friday, April 18, 2014

If I could give you just one piece of advice in hopes that you would get outdoors more often and have more fun this summer (and all year long, for that matter) it would be this: Join a …

Active Outdoors: Planning a park-and-go getaway

Friday, April 4, 2014

As longtime readers probably know, my sweetheart Marilyn and I really enjoy “Active Outdoors” vacations where we park our car and travel from place to place – by skis or snowshoes in winter, by foot, bike or kayak …

Active Outdoors: Letting go of winter … reluctantly

Friday, March 21, 2014

This has been pretty close to the best winter ever, with more than two feet of snow falling up north last week and the cold hanging on nicely! We’re all going to be able to keep enjoying snowsports …