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It's Christmas Tree season on the White and Green Mountain National Forests and searching out a wild rtree is a perfect excuse for a day outdoors. All you need is a $5 permit. (Tim Jones/EasternSlopes.com photo)

Active Outdoors: Camping at home

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Thanksgiving storm left our home without electricity (and cable) for three days. Other people were without power much longer than we were. Fortunately, we were already planning to have dinner with friends and they had power. While we are lucky enough to have a generator that will power the core systems of the house, we run it just enough …

Active Outdoors: Determining your own opening weekend makes for a good time on the slopes

Friday, November 28, 2014

These days, there are really three sort-of-semi-official starts to the ski season in New England. There’s the “We’re open first!” start, usually in October or early November, when Sunday River (sundayriver.com), Killington (killington.com) and, sometimes, tiny Woodbury (woodburyskiarea.com) in Connecticut vie to be the first to make snow and turn their lifts. Then …

Active Outdoors: What are your plans for winter?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Mid-November to mid- or late-December is the season I call “Almost Winter.” The leaves have fallen but snow hasn’t – or, if it has, it’s reluctant to stick. A stretch of cold weather will be followed by a few warm days in a row, but, gradually, the cold will win out. Hooray! I …

Active Outdoors: Cardigan camping – close to the road, but not too close

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Cardigan Camp Three hundred yards makes all the difference. That’s how far it was to our campsite at the AMC’s Cardigan Reservation (outdoors.org/lodging/cardigan/cardigan-campsites.cfm) from the lodge and parking lot. That mere 300 yards, less than a fifth of …

Active Outdoors: How to play on a rainy day

Friday, July 5, 2013

Back in early June, I planted tomatoes in containers in the sunniest spot on the random green stuff I mow infrequently and call a “lawn,” figuring I’d have to water them every day that it didn’t rain. They’ve …

Active Outdoors: Practice kayak rescue and re-entry skills before you need them

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Twice last summer, my sweetheart Marilyn – aka “She Who Calls The Wind” – and I found ourselves out paddling our sea kayaks in conditions that were less than optimum. High winds and tall, steep, closely spaced waves …

Active Outdoors: Try a paddle-pedal this summer

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Rivers are marvelous things. Like living creatures, they move and change constantly, and most of them seem to reside in beautiful places. Even urban rivers are beautiful. Rivers are especially wonderful when you paddle on them in a …

Active Outdoors: Falmouth, Woods Hole and Martha’s Vineyard by bike

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Over many years and many tours together, my sweetheart Marilyn and I have learned that it’s sometimes tough to leave your car behind and travel only by bike. Especially when the weather isn’t cooperating. We’ve pedaled through the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and countless unnamed downpours. Only once …

Active Outdoors: Is bike touring right for you?

Saturday, June 8, 2013

It’s one thing to drive somewhere nice and ride your bike for the day, and quite something else to park your car and leave it behind for several days as you tour the countryside by bike. Even if …

Active Outdoors: Memorable Memorial Day paddling on Great Bay

Friday, May 31, 2013

After two solid days of rain and cold and doing stuff around the house (sound familiar?), we were eager to get out into the sunshine. Watching the weather forecasts, we had planned to meet our friends David and …

Active Outdoors: It’s bike season (finally!)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Some people are much more hard-core pedal fanatics than we are, but my sweetheart Marilyn and I really enjoy riding together on our fat-tire tandem bicycle. Next to downhill skiing, it’s probably our favorite outdoor thing to do …

Active Outdoors: Why go to a paddlesports demo?

Friday, May 17, 2013

Why go to a paddlesports demo? Three good reasons: 1) it’s fun; 2) you’ll learn a lot; 3) you may just find the right boat or paddleboard for you. Back in the olden days, the Inuits, who invented …

Active Outdoors: Roadside Camping 101

Friday, May 10, 2013

Photo Cutlines: Roadside Crawford Notch. Our home away from home for one night in the Dry River Campground in Crawford Notch State Park. Our room with a view cost just $25 for the night. Flush toilets and showers …

Active Outdoors: Try a huts or lodge experience this summer

Friday, May 3, 2013

I get emails from readers at this time of year asking about places for an Active Outdoors summer getaway. I’m happy to help. But I always try to get people to think beyond their past experiences and step …

Active Outdoors: Gearing up for a safe kayaking season

Friday, April 26, 2013

The real whitewater aficionados, who have been paddling for a month or more on the rush of melting snow, are going to laugh at this, but for most of us, kayaking season is almost here. It’s time to …