Outdoors / Recreation

Tiny Island, Big Experience

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A year ago I was on one of the most remote islands in the world, walking in my brightly colored mumu among the palm trees and their thousand shades of green. As the temperature dropped and the light began to fade through the trees, I watched as dozens of birds made their way back to the jungle after a long day of fishing at sea. This was Kili Island, a …

Everybody on the Lake

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dundee, Wis. — The kames and eskers were covered by a healthy blanket of snow, the trails were groomed, the air temperature hovered in the 20s and the lakes had at least 10 inches of crystal cap. By any measure last Saturday, the northern Kettle Moraine region was bursting with opportunities for winter …

Recreation Briefs: Ford Sayre Crowns Champs at Oak Hill Jump Meet

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hanover — Ford Sayre’s Aiden Cudhea nipped Hanover High’s Sam Strohbehn for the high school boys title to highlight Saturday’s Ford Sayre Ski Council ski jumping meet on the Oak Hill jumps at the Storrs Pond Recreation Area. Nearly 50 youths of all ages participated in the competition, which was staged on Oak …

A Straight Arrow: Thetford’s Kasten on Target at Bowhunt Worlds

Monday, February 1, 2016

Thetford — A personal chef by trade, Brian Kasten is always aiming to improve his Supper Solution cooking business. He’s also taken steps to find a solution for his bow-shooting troubles, which paid off last month with his …

The Outside Story: Have You Seen a Mountain Lion?

Monday, February 1, 2016

In the photo, the mountain lion lies on its side on the shoulder of a Connecticut parkway. Tail lights shine in the distance. A Connecticut state trooper snapped the photo after a motorist had struck and killed the …

‘Wild’ Is Only Skin Deep

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Grantham — Like so many places in the Twin States, Leavitt Hill Conservation Area looks wild, but it hasn’t always been that way. “If I was a kid, just walking in the woods, I would have no idea …

5 Loons Rescued from Lake Sunapee

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunapee — Following the rescue of five loons trapped on Lake Sunapee last week, a New Hampshire nonprofit is urging the public to watch for others in similar predicaments. “With the unusually warm weather we have had so …

Stride for Stride

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Before stepping into the set tracks, Andrew Norkin figured he logged about six kilometers this season. Yet he was in the starting line on Jan. 23 for the Jackson (N.H.) Ski Touring Foundation’s White Mountain Classic 30K, ready to cross-country ski five times that distance in a few …

Need for Changes Are Long Past Due

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Last Friday in Brooklyn Center, Minn., at the annual Department of Natural Resources stakeholders meeting, Jim Martin delivered what DNR leaders doubtlessly wanted him to deliver: A sobering look at the future of the nation’s natural resources, and …

Ford Sayre Girls Break Out the Brooms at Sunapee

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Newbury, n.h. — The Ford Sayre Ski Council girls had sweeping on their minds on Sunday, filling the top five spots in the race results in both the U12 and U14 divisions at the Bob Skinner Cup giant slalom at Mount Sunapee. FSSC’s Eva Schiffman won the U14 …

Back on the Track: Roller Derby Team Looks to Build on Success

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Stability and commitment within the Upper Valley Vixens is translating to tangible progress both inside and outside the rink. The Vixens, a grassroots roller derby team entering its fifth season, has been approved to skate this year as …

Ice Fishing Made Easier

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Earlier this week on a Chisago, Minn.,-area lake, we had the portable shack set up and the fish were biting. Not a lot of fish. Some fish. Meanwhile, a gray sky overhead suggested those who suffer from seasonal …

Best ‘Fut’ Forward: Soccer Spinoff Off and Running in Thetford

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Thetford — When the weather turns cold, soccer players in the Upper Valley have the opportunity to get fut-loose. For the second straight winter, Thetford Elementary School is hosting weekly co-ed pickup games of futsal — a tighter, …