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Don't worry, you can't fall ... you really can't. (Tim Jones/EasternSlopes.com photo)

Active Outdoors: So much to do, so little summer to do it in

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Summer’s almost over. Get out and enjoy it! Yes, yes, I know summer officially started less than a week ago, but bear with me here. If you really think about it, you’ll see the logic of what I’m about to say. Many folks look forward to summer, and there are some great things to look forward to. The longer days mean you can get out after work and do something in the evening, which is the best thing about summer. And 13 weeks of summer means 13 or 14 weekends, plus, perhaps, a summer vacation. That seems like a lot of opportunity, but is it …

Active Outdoors: Going by the book

Saturday, June 13, 2015

It almost sounds quaint in this age of Apple Watches and Google Glasses that something as old-fashioned as a book may still be your best source if you are looking for outdoor fun around New England. Sure, there’s a lot of information online, all available with just a few clicks. I’ll concede that …

Active Outdoor: Plan your one-night vacations this summer

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The way the world is structured today, most of us are tied into busy work, family and social schedules. With home offices, tablet computers and full web capabilities on our smart phones, it’s getting harder and harder to just shut down the “real” world. Weekends become time to take care of all the …

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 …