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Outdoor Adventures
The Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge offers opportunities for mountain biking, hiking and wildlife watching. (Photo by Marty Basch)

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 have been some wildlife wand that was …

Outdoor Adventures: Sun sets on 24 Hours of Great Glen

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The sheriff leaned against the railing outside the festival tent, a cowboy hat on his head, neck wrapped in a bandana and a chest-high silver star shimmering slightly under the Sunday morning clouds. “This is bittersweet, for sure,” said the straight-shooting Howie Weymss, Great Glen Trails’ general manager. “We all love this event …

Outdoor Adventures: On top of the domes

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sometimes the biggest isn’t the best. Take Sandwich Mountain. At 3,980 feet, it’s the highest peak on an all-day, nine-mile loop near Waterville Valley that also includes 2,940-foot Noon Peak and 3,440-foot Jennings Peak, all in the Sandwich Range Wilderness of the White Mountain National Forest. The mountain, also called Sandwich Dome and …

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 …

Outdoor Adventures: Spring skiing signals season’s swan song

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Loving the snow? Then enjoy true spring skiing with a few added twists as skiers and snowboarders should be able to ride chairlifts through much of April, and likely longer. Or, take to the woods. Like skiing at …

Outdoor Adventures: Grueling challenge, great cause

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Maybe 15 runs into his ski day, Mark Holmes was riding the lift dressed in about seven layers of clothing making him more prepared for subzero chills than the temps flirting with 20. He had to stay warm …