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Active Outdoors
What you don't see in this early-morning overview of Saddleback is all the hidden, winding open lines that snake through the trees on this big, burley mountain. (Tim Jones/EasternSlopes.com photo)

Active Outdoors: Enjoying winter while it lasts

Saturday, March 21, 2015

This column could also be titled: “Why I’ll still be writing about skiing in mid-April.” The winter of 2014-15 got a late start. Except for the Thanksgiving storm (which was really too early to count, since all the snow eventually melted), winter didn’t arrive in all its glory until late January. Fortunately, it seems to be in no particular hurry …

Active Outdoors: Great skiing! More ahead!

Friday, March 6, 2015

The main reason I ski in December, January and even early February is so my legs will be in shape for March and April. The best of New England skiing starts after Presidents’ Week and lasts until the last lift stops turning. Across northern New England, March is typically the month with the …

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 …

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, …

Active Outdoors: Golf on the fly

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Golf and I just don’t get along. When someone asks me why I don’t play, I usually answer “I’m not old enough.” But disc golf is a completely different experience, much simpler, more active and (for me at …

Active Outdoors: Sunset paddle on Great Bay

Saturday, August 3, 2013

One of the great discoveries of this hot and rainy summer has been the paddling on Great Bay near the seacoast of New Hampshire. The main part of the bay is open water, susceptible to wind, waves, boat …

Active Outdoors: Why not take a kayak lesson

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Want a recipe for outdoor fun? Take one beautiful summer day after nearly a week of rain, mix in six novice kayakers with a common attitude of wanting to explore and learn, put them in six kayaks on …

Active Outdoors: Hiking season begins (soon!)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Of course, it’s possible to hike all year long in the Northeast. Lots of people do it. Common sense, observation and scientific research all agree that walking and hiking, along with their higher-aerobic cousins jogging and running, are, …

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 …