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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: Hiking Mount Cube an impressive experience

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Mount Cube is a captivating and commanding mountain. The Orford peak’s gray, pink and white quartzite summit stones provide outstanding platforms for some of the finest views to the two states of the Upper Valley. Thought it stands …

Outdoor Adventures: A successful northern N.H. hike

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The grizzled Appalachian Trail hiker with a big fat letter “I” on his baseball cap stood on the glorious broad open North Country summit and said, “I smell laundry.” Fair enough. We, deodorant-scented day hikers, smelled thru-hiker. Odors …

Outdoor Adventures: Hiking a 4Ker known for winter

Saturday, August 31, 2013

We traipsed across the beastly mountain, darting through the glades, up the wide slopes and out across its vast expanses with extensive views of central Vermont. We weren’t on skis or snowboards, but poles were in hand as …

Outdoor Adventures: Finding a rhythm for the hills

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The hills are alive with grimaces. A climb can be looming and glooming, a big landmark of intimidation for cyclists. But there are ways to prepare. Welcome them. “I know this is going to sound like a hippie, …

Outdoor Adventures: Baxter’s glorious side shows

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The pond is a crown jewel in the far reaches of Maine’s Baxter State Park. Not only do hikers venture to its pristine shores under towering 5,268-foot Mount Katahdin and South Turner Mountain, but so do moose. Earlier …

Outdoor Adventures: Eastman Mountain serves up sweet surprise

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Mountaintops are the goals of hikers. Oft-visited, they are, oddly, places hikers don’t stay for long as the true aim is to return home safely. With an eye to the sky, the time and life’s daily duties, trampers …

Outdoor Adventures: Establish base camp at Moose Brook State Park

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Jigs, reels, or maybe it was hornpipes, wafted from a fiddle played in the next site. Across the large field dotted with tents, children ran around the large apple tree because it’s summer and they can. Northern mountains …

Outdoor Adventures: Memorable highs in mountain huts

Saturday, July 27, 2013

They are mountain way stations in some of New Hampshire’s most dramatic lands. They contain much-appreciated sustenance, insightful information often presented with a playful twist, barebones bunking and embracing camaraderie with like-minded souls. What started 125 years ago …

Outdoor Adventures: Waterfall spells relief

Sunday, July 21, 2013

On a sweltering tropical day, the towering falls spelled a bit of relief from the heat and humidity of southern Vermont. Though a rainy summer dampens many planned outdoor adventures, the forecasted isolated showers never found us. But …

Outdoor Adventures: Pack it up

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Whether cycling or hiking, you’ve got to carry your stuff. With all those straps, zippers and compartments, there can be some dizzying pack choices. But sometimes there are packs that just ease everything in. Here are a few …

Outdoor Adventures: Spanning the neighborhood for outdoor athletic drama

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Sometimes the thrill of victory and agony of defeat can be found fairly close to your backyard. What with the dismantling of the beloved Celtics and of course the Aaron Hernandez circus, it’s a bit tough to get …

Outdoor Adventures: Burst out with the Bubbles

Saturday, June 29, 2013

You know the hike’s popular when there is a tour bus at the trailhead. Still, while that may deter many an outdoor lover from making the trek, there are also reasons why some hikes draw those of all …