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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: 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 …

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 …