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Nordic Skate Pair. You can bet that this pair of season Nordic Skaters tested the ice before they ventured out early in the season. Note that one is wearing a pair of ice picks around his neck to self recue in the event he falls through. (Tim Jones/ photo)

Active Outdoors: Things to remember with ice season just around the corner

Friday, November 13, 2015

Despite the fact that we’ve all been dancing outside in shorts and T-shirts in early November, something tells me that this is going to be an ice year. I’m betting the ponds will freeze up before there’s snow on the ground. Of course I’m probably going to lose this bet, but hey, maybe not. Ice is pure magic. It lets …

Active Outdoors: “Stick Season” hiking

Friday, October 30, 2015

Year in and year out, I do more hiking from mid-October until snow falls than the whole rest of the year. Mostly, it’s because I enjoy hiking when the leaves are down more than I do when the trails are muddy in the spring or hot, green tunnels in the summer. Partly, it’s …

Active Outdoors: Ski season’s here!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

As I started writing this column, the title was “Ski Season’s Coming.” Things have obviously changed for the better I received an email from the director of communications at Sunday River that, if all goes as planned, Sunday River will be open for the winter season on Monday at 9 a.m. Ski season …

Active Outdoors: Winter prep starts from the ground up

Friday, October 18, 2013

We interrupt your enjoyment of this gorgeous New England autumn to remind you that winter’s coming. Snow and ice are on the way. Hooray! Now, in the quiet season between Columbus Day and Thanksgiving, is the time to …

Active Outdoors: What a way to wind down!

Friday, October 4, 2013

While the warmer months of 2013 presented some interesting weather challenges (ample rain and heat) for Active Outdoors adventures, it has been an absolutely marvelous year for kayaking. My sweetheart Marilyn and I hope you enjoyed it as …

Active Outdoors: Fall for biking

Friday, September 20, 2013

Here’s an Active Outdoors household hint for you: All that yard and garden work you normally do on these lovely, crisp autumn days can wait. Go biking instead! The leaves will still be there to rake in the …

Active Outdoors: Whales and a new red bicycle at Saguenay Fjord

Friday, September 6, 2013

We arrived at Ferme 5 étoiles (, 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 ( 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 ( 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 …