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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/EasternSlopes.com 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 (betheloutdooradventure.com) 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 (easterntownships.org, 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: 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 …