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This is what Grand Falls on the Dead River in Maine looks like early on a below-zero morning. It's less than a milke from the warm-and-cozy Grand Falls Hut. Scenery like this is just part of the Maine Huts and Trails ski experience. (Tim Jones/EasternSlopes.com photo)

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 the cities will be their normal rat-race before you know it. Meanwhile, the rest of us are reveling in all this snow. …

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 from the seacoast to the mountains from New York City and northern New Jersey all …

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 that soaked most of New England surely didn’t help. Still, there’s been enough cold weather …

Active Outdoors: One lodge, two nights, three days, four ski experiences

Friday, February 7, 2014

Shortly after yet another major snowstorm went barreling out to sea south of New England, my sweetheart Marilyn and I headed north to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch. While skiing and more skiing …

Active Outdoors: Common sense in the cold

Friday, January 10, 2014

Has anyone else been enjoying the pure foolishness in the “news” coverage of the recent weather? I know I have. The term “Polar Vortex,” which has been used by meteorologists for decades, has suddenly taken on a life …

Active Outdoors: Embracing winter in all its glory

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Okay, take a deep breath. The various solstice-season holidays are almost past, and it’s time to really start enjoying winter. I get that winter isn’t everyone’s favorite outdoor season, as it is mine, but I just don’t get …

Active Outdoors: How will you celebrate the New Year?

Friday, December 13, 2013

So, there’s a New Year coming. It’s traditionally a time of reflection and resolution. Or partying. Seriously, though, it really can be a matter of either or. Let’s put it this way … if you want to make …

Active Outdoors: Shoulder season safety tips

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In some ways, it would be really nice if someone could flip a switch and “start” winter. But then again, we’d probably all fight over when to start winter and when to shut it off. (My vote would …

Active Outdoors: Are you ready to get back to (skiing) basics this winter?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Bill Currier, the man who taught me how to turn and stop on skis, also happened to be the person who built what I have been told was the first ski tow in Massachusetts. I still find it …

Active Outdoors: Still time left to bike … then ski

Thursday, October 31, 2013

If you aren’t ready give up pedaling your bike for the year, there’s no need to. There’s at least a month of wonderful bike riding left before it starts to get really cold and you run the risk …

Active Outdoors: Winter prep starts from the ground up

Friday, October 18, 2013

We interrupt your enjoyment of this gorgeous New England autumn to remind you that winter’s coming. Snow and ice are on the way. Hooray! Now, in the quiet season between Columbus Day and Thanksgiving, is the time to …

Active Outdoors: What a way to wind down!

Friday, October 4, 2013

While the warmer months of 2013 presented some interesting weather challenges (ample rain and heat) for Active Outdoors adventures, it has been an absolutely marvelous year for kayaking. My sweetheart Marilyn and I hope you enjoyed it as …

Active Outdoors: Fall for biking

Friday, September 20, 2013

Here’s an Active Outdoors household hint for you: All that yard and garden work you normally do on these lovely, crisp autumn days can wait. Go biking instead! The leaves will still be there to rake in the …

Active Outdoors: Whales and a new red bicycle at Saguenay Fjord

Friday, September 6, 2013

We arrived at Ferme 5 étoiles (ferme5etoiles.com), a resort near the village of Sacré-Coeur (about three hours northeast of Québec City), late on Friday night and got up very early Saturday morning to bike 15 miles to Tadoussac to catch a Crosières du Fjord shuttle ferry (croisieresdufjord.com/en). This …

Active Outdoors: Small car, big camp

Friday, August 23, 2013

Dome tent with pop-up. On a warm summer evening at Gifford Woods State Park in Vermont, a pop-up canopy over a tent without a fly allowed full air circulation, and protected the tent from the morning dew. The …