Outdoors / Recreation

Recreation Briefs: Tour de Taste Mixing Cycling With Food, Scenery

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fairlee — The Upper Valley Trails Alliance will turn cycling into a culinary opportunity on Sept. 13 during its annual Tour de Taste progressive dinner and cycling outing. The day allows bike riders a chance to see the scenery around Fairlee with stops for food provided by a variety of Upper Valley restaurants. Cyclists can go at their own pace over routes covering six, 21 or 34 miles, with treats …

Hikers Pack Up, Clean Out Appalachian Trail

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Coined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in the 1960s, the “leave no trace” principle encourages visitors of the outdoors to take out everything they bring into the wilderness. A few Appalachian Trail thru hikers did even better this year — leaving the national scenic trail even more pristine than when …

The Outside Story: Snakes and Toads Eat Garden Pests

Monday, August 31, 2015

Encountering a snake in the garden causes many people to shriek or even panic. Yet snakes and another often unloved creature, the American toad, are among the most effective forms of pest control. If you tolerate these herpetological visitors — or better yet, encourage their presence — you’ll be less likely to share …

New Python Hunt Planned For Everglades

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Burmese pythons infesting the Everglades may want to keep out of sight early next year. Amateur snake hunters from around the world will be invited to go after them in the Florida’s second Python Challenge, scheduled for Jan. 16 to Feb. 14. The Florida Fish and Wildlife …

USSA Helping Make Outdoor Dreams a Reality

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Pittsville, Wis. — The western Wisconsin burg of Pittsville doesn’t show up on many maps. But one weekend a year the population in this section of Jackson County swells a hundred fold. They come from all corners of …

‘Tristin Never Held Back’: Lebanon Race Honors Someone Who Touched Many

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Lebanon — A few weeks before the tragic accident that killed Tristin Roy, her brother, Tyler Carter, joined her for a run in the Upper Valley. Now, dozens of her friends and family do the same annually in …

Recreation Briefs: UVRF Brings Home Medals From Masters Nationals

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Camden, n.j. — Teams and rowers affiliated with the Hanover-based Upper Valley Rowing Foundation came home with six gold medals and seven silvers at last weekend’s USA Rowing Masters National Championship on the Cooper River. Seven of the …

Amen Corner: There’s an Upside to Trying Day’s Backswing

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Watching Jason Day win the PGA Championship, his first major, last weekend was like watching pure symphony in motion. As exciting as he and Jordan Spieth were exchanging birdies and competing for the year’s last major championship, my …

Hartford Grad Packs a Punch For Charity

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Former three-sport Hartford High athlete Allison Kemon has always been willing to give new activities a try. Her latest athletic pursuit could make a real difference in the lives of others. Kemon, 27, will make her amateur boxing …

Norwich Woman Provides for Appalachian Trail Hikers

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Norwich — For even the fittest, best-prepared hiker, trekking the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail is no small feat. Injuries, financial strain and existential crises can wear a person down, and only about a quarter of those who attempt a …

The Sun Sets on the 24 Hours of Great Glen

Sunday, August 16, 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,” …

Centenarians Show Age Is No Obstacle To Paddling Canoe

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Milwaukee, Wis. — Milwaukee’s Richard Franz has blown out candles on enough birthday cakes. His wardrobe also has plenty of neck ties. When he turned 100 earlier this month, he asked for something not found on most gift lists: A canoe trip down the Milwaukee River. Franz knew …

Climbing to the Top

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Lou Bregou, 33, of Hanover, crosses the finish line at the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb on Saturday in Pinkham Notch, N.H. Bregou was the first New Hampshire finisher in the race. Eneas Freyre, 39, of Norwalk, …