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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. …

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 …

Active Outdoors: How to really enjoy a cold snap

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Everybody’s calling this the winter that won’t quit. I think they’re deluding themselves. Here in New England, at least, March is always winter. People who hope for something different are simply being unrealistic. It’s tough to get out …

Active Outdoors: Vignettes from a perfect February

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Finally! A real New England winter with a-l-m-o-s-t enough snow! Keep it coming! With all this snow, it’s hard to find time for all the fun. But every couple of days in February I decided that “life isn’t …

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 …