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MTB Clinic: On August 2, Margie Bowen of  Mountain Bike Skills Training will be teaching a free Introduction To Mountain Biking clinic in Burlington, Conn., for my readers. Come, have fun and learn how to ride off road.  (Margie Bowen/mtbskillstraining.com  photo)

Active Outdoors: Learning to mountain bike and exploring a rail trail on a southern sojourn

Friday, July 24, 2015

It’s one of those facts of life that define New England. Visit any parking lot in northern New England where people ski or hike or paddle or ride bikes or do anything fun and active outdoors, and you’ll inevitably see lots of cars with Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island license plates. But with the possible exception of Cape …

Active Outdoors: Three days on a bike in Vermont

Friday, July 10, 2015

Looking for a quick, easy, very fun three-day, two-night biking getaway this summer or fall? Well, I have a beauty for you. We did this trek last September, after kids had gone back to school and just before the madness of foliage season set in, but this would also be a great getaway …

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 …

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 …

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 …