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This is what Grand Falls on the Dead River in Maine looks like early on a below-zero morning. It's less than a milke from the warm-and-cozy Grand Falls Hut. Scenery like this is just part of the Maine Huts and Trails ski experience. (Tim Jones/EasternSlopes.com photo)

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 us are reveling in all this snow. …

Active Outdoors: Blizzard! Blizzard!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Even with satellites, radar and sophisticated computer models, weather forecasting is still a very imprecise science. Especially in New England. The “Blizzard of 2015” in late January is the perfect example. It was originally forecast to bury everything from the seacoast to the mountains from New York City and northern New Jersey all …

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 …

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 …

Active Outdoors: While we live, we live!

Friday, April 19, 2013

While many of the images coming out of Boston recently have been utterly horrifying, others have been equally heroic and uplifting. That pendulum swings wide in both directions. But one image I saw among the thousands that have …

Active Outdoors: One night vacation at Black Mountain Cabin

Friday, April 12, 2013

Spending a day outdoors is good. Stretching that to two days with an overnight is even better. I’m a big believer in one-night getaways. Once you have a little practice at it, you’ll be surprised how easy and …

Active Outdoors: Marcy Madness

Friday, April 5, 2013

Imagine, some people actually spend March watching basketball instead of getting outside and doing fun things. No wonder they call it “March Madness”! I hereby offer an improved, Active Outdoors version: Marcy Madness. Back in December, I (foolishly) …

Active Outdoors: Perfect Pinkham afternoon

Friday, March 29, 2013

WOW!!!! Is there a lot of snow in Tuckerman Ravine right now! If you ever thought about coming up to enjoy some fabulous late-season skiing or snowshoeing, this is the year. Marilyn and I are spending one night …

Active Outdooors: Spring X-sta-C

Friday, March 22, 2013

My neighbor asked me why I was smiling and whistling as I shoveled out from this last snowstorm. Actually, I wasn’t as happy as I might have seemed. We only got a foot of snow and I would …

Active Outdoors: Challenging Mount Marcy on Alpine Touring skis

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Back in December, I wrote about my dream of standing on the highest peaks of the New England states and New York in winter. On Jan. 3, I checked Mount Greylock in Massachusetts off the list. Since then, …

Active Outdoors: Adventure in the Maine huts and trails

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Newton’s Revenge. That’s the apt name of the trail you take to reach the Stratton Brook Hut, the newest gem in the Maine Huts and Trails system (mainehuts.org). Stratton Brook is spectacularly sited on the top of a …