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Arriving at Stratton Brook On Skis: Skiing to the Maine Huts is a wonderful experience--especially when you know that a hot shower, warm bunk room and great meals await. (Tim Jones/EasternSlopes.com photo)

Active Outdoors: Don’t wait for real “winter” to arrive before you decide to get outdoors

Friday, January 23, 2015

What have you been doing for fun this “winter.” In much of New England, the end of 2014 and the start of 2015 have brought less snow than most of us hope for. The MLK weekend rain storm that soaked most of New England surely didn’t help. Still, there’s been enough cold weather for the ski areas to blow lots …

Active Outdoors: “Uphilling” at ski areas

Friday, January 9, 2015

Climbing the hill under your own steam before skiing or riding down is one of the hottest trends in winter sports these day. Advances in equipment have made “uphilling” more accessible than ever, and more and more and more skiers are using Alpine Touring (AT, also called “randonée”) or Telemark equipment with removable …

Active Outdoors: First-day hikes start the new year right

Thursday, December 25, 2014

So … would you rather start the New Year off with a hangover or a dose of fresh air, exercise and fun? I think it’s safe to say that most Active Outdoors aficionados would choose the latter. It’s just the right thing to do. Even with the Christmas Eve rain, it’s a safe …

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 …

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 …