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A couple of unidentified bicyclists ride by the covered wooden footbridge in West Danville, Vt. along the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. (MARTY BASCH photo)

Outdoor Adventures: Country comfort found on Lamoille Valley Rail Trail

Monday, September 28, 2015

A motion sensor turns on the lights in a curved tunnel with a wooden boardwalk surface. Delicious deep, dark, ledgy and mossy rock cuts provide shade from the sun. Stately manicured acres are the forefront to a horizon with rippling hills. See the swampy side of a popular kidney-shaped pond loaded with camps and cottages – not far from a …

Outdoor Adventures: No rush on Shelburne Moriah

Sunday, September 13, 2015

If there is a mountain top that exudes lingering, it is Shelburne Moriah on the edge of the Wild River Wilderness in the White Mountain National Forest. East of Gorham near the border between New Hampshire and Maine, the 3,735-foot peak in the glory of the Carter-Moriah Range offers outstanding views of both …

Outdoor Adventures: Sampling slices of Pondicherry pie

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Giddy? Not this gaggle of geese. Standing tall and silent in the tall grass of Cedar Marsh under the stoic gazes of Cherry Mountain, the Presidentials, Owl’s Head and the Pliny and Pilot ranges, they didn’t move as the pair of mountain bikers moved slowly along the wide, wet path. But there must …

Outdoor Adventures: Traipsing impishly along in Pinkham Notch

Sunday, September 14, 2014

There’s an imp in Pinkham Notch. At least that’s what it appears to be. High on the west spur of North Carter is a cliff from where the northern Presidential Range stands in its glory. Called the Imp …

Outdoor Adventures: Lots of buzz by Unknown Pond

Sunday, August 31, 2014

They appeared along the shores of Unknown Pond reflecting the Kilkenny region mountain called The Horn as if popping from the glossy pages of an outdoor magazine. Dressed more for fly-fishing, complete with smart-looking vest, than hiking, they …

Outdoor Adventures: Hiking the other, other, other Sugarloaf

Sunday, August 17, 2014

We hiked Sugarloaf Mountain the other day. Not North Sugarloaf or Middle Sugarloaf, both glorious platforms above the Zealand Valley. But the other, other, other New Hampshire Sugarloaf, the remote North Country one east of Groveton in Stratford …

Outdoor Adventures: Bopping about the Bentons on Black and Blueberry

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sometimes big things come in small packages. The low-lying Benton Range is comprised of a half dozen mountains all less than 3,000 feet in elevation. The highest is Jeffers Mountain at 2,994 feet, with Owls Head being the …

From Mount Israel, such a view

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Such a view. Sure, we shlepped and shvitzed, and those low-elevation bugs made us mashugana enough to wear mosquito netting for a spell, but soon enough we felt overheated and claustrophobic so we took off the head nets …

Outdoor Adventures: Mount Shaw trumps hazy, hot and humid

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The haze hid much of the landscape. But that’s what happens when you decide to shun air conditioning and creature comforts like a couch with a clicker for an early-morning hike on a day when hazy, hot and …

Outdoor Adventures: Best to pause on Mount Paugus … or else

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Every so often a hike comes along and schools you with a swift butt kick to leave you bloodied, muddied, ragged and worn. Hiking rough and tough low-lying, 3,198-foot Mount Paugus using the Bolles, Old Paugus, Lawrence, Cabin …

Outdoor Adventures: Much is found at Lost Pond

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Save for the dabbling blue-winged teal leaving a small wake behind it, I had the small pond with mighty views to myself. It was early on a recent Sunday and from the well-used trailhead at the Appalachian Mountain …

Outdoor Adventures: ‘Honey, I don’t do goat paths’

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Travel not only nurtures the soul, but it also gives you altered and often appreciative perspectives on the routine of home. The basics as simple as language, food, driving, hygiene, greetings, purchasing and more no longer are ordinary. …

Outdoor Adventures: Pedal for a cause

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The reasons people ride a bicycle are as numerous as the shades of color on cycling jerseys. Physical health, competition, sanity, lifestyle, politics, camaraderie and, of course, a cause – giving back and making a difference. All of …

Outdoor Adventures: What’s on that mountain?

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Mountaintops are special places. Wide-ranging views, towers, cabins and more attract visitors to New England’s lofty peaks. Summits are spectacular no matter the season. Depending on the weather, they can be as moody as a teenager or as …

Outdoor Adventures: Rookies take to the river in the Rockies

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The sage stood still as the cry echoed by the bend in the Provo River. “Fish on,” I screamed. Ken and Jen Mihal swiftly sprung into action as I quickly forgot nearly everything the husband and wife guides …