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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: 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 …

Active Outdoors: Finish summer with a flourish

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Fact: Summer’s ending. How close we are to the actual end depends on how you choose to define summer. Astronomical summer is from the Summer Solstice (June 20) to the Autumnal Equinox (Sept. 22). Meteorological summer is June, …