Outdoors / Recreation

In this April 20, 2015 photo provided by Paige Tatge, her mother, Barbara Tatge, left, kisses an unknown spectator in Wellesley, Mass., as she ran in the Boston Marathon. It's a tradition for male runners to kiss the women attending Wellesley College as they line the marathon route. Barbara made good on a dare by her daughter, Paige, that she kiss a man as she ran along the route. Now they would like to know who she actually kissed. (Paige Tatge via AP)

Marathon Smooch Draws a Polite Kiss-Off

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Boston — A Tennessee woman searching for the stranger she kissed while running the Boston Marathon this year says she finally heard back — from the mystery man’s wife. Barbara Tatge says her daughter had dared her to kiss a random, good-looking man as she ran through the town of Wellesley, where the women of Wellesley College traditionally offer kisses to runners. After the April 20 race, her daughter took to social media to try to find the man, who clearly left an impression on her mom. Tatge says The Wellesley Townsman, a Boston-area news outlet, passed on a letter addressed to her Sunday after …

Independent on the Water

Sunday, May 3, 2015

They came together as a team for the start of the rockfish season a year ago, more for the camaraderie and their long-standing love affair with fishing than for the competition itself and the opportunity to cash in at big-money tournaments such as the May 1-3 “Championship on the Chesapeake.” Yet there is …

Minnesota Man Knows N. Pike

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Walker, Minn. — Dallas Hudson might be the most interesting man in Minnesota. Maybe the world. I was thinking about this the other day as I watched Hudson and a researcher-in-common, Bruce Carlson, measure northern pike they caught in a trap net on a small private lake surrounded only by four landowners, one of whom is Hudson. I first wrote about Hudson a …

Fishing Helps Put Veteran on the Road Back From War

Sunday, May 3, 2015

When Joe Bragg caught a live well full of big crappies recently, it represented one more step on his road to recovery. Just two months ago, the Army veteran couldn’t imagine such moments would ever be enjoyed again. “I was totally stressed out,” said Bragg, 36, who served …

Saturday, May 2, 2015

What: Hanover Conservancy Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk When: May 10, 1-3 p.m. Where: Top of Moose Mountain Lodge Road, Hanover. Why: “Citizen Scientist” trip led by botanist Alice Schori to create inventory of wildflowers, mosses and other plants on 33-acre Mill Pond Town Forest. More info: View all …

Saving the Moose: Hanover Conservancy Raising Money to Preserve Trail

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Hanover — One goal of the Hanover Conservancy’s “2020 Vision” initiative is to protect the entire seven-mile ridgeline of Moose Mountain. Thanks to a new pair of pending conservation easements, the organization is closer to doing just that. …

Recreation Briefs: UV Vixens Hosting Three-Team Roller Derby Opener

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Woodstock — The Upper Valley Vixens will open their 2015 roller derby schedule with a three-team Mayhem Tournament on Saturday at Union Arena. The Vixens will welcome the Borderline Riot and the Connecticut-based Shoreline BellaDonnas to town for the event. The teams will play each other in a …

Amen Corner: Now That Spring’s Here, Get Your Grip Up to Snuff

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

While it’s still early in the season and the temperatures are cold, let’s review the grip. Any grip change is tough to deal with. It’s like knowing it’s still really cold out but also knowing it’s spring, so …

Gobble, Gobble ... and Good Luck!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

In spring, when the focus of most outdoor enthusiasts turns to fishing, hunters are gearing up for one last chance to hit the woods until fall. Spring gobbler season kicks off next month, giving New Hampshire hunters an …

Twin State Hikers Rejoice as Warm Season Nears

Sunday, April 26, 2015

With snow melting, rivers rising and mud making the rounds, it’s a good time to look ahead to another season of sun, wildflowers, peaks, trails, camping, rivers and travel. The North Country is getting some love from New …

Superior Fishing in Minnesota

Sunday, April 26, 2015

On a cool April morning, the brethren of the long-handled fishing net were assembled on the south pier of the Duluth ship canal. George Hamilton, a recent transplant from Los Angeles, was among them, wearing blue ice-fishing gear …

Ready to Run: After Many Years, Boston Remains Unique for Hartland Resident

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hartland — It was a busy workday for Peg Sullivan at Mt. Ascutney Hospital on April 15, 2013. When she got home, she opened her personal email to find it packed with frantic inquiries from friends and relatives …

Turkey Program Unites Students And Mentors

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dousman, Wis. — Cayden Weiland, 10, of Waukesha, Wis., comes from a hunting family and has expressed a desire to hunt for years. Mandy Eisler, 35, of Delafield, Wis., is a mother and wife who hadn’t considered hunting for dinner until her 11-year-old daughter got the family into …