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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 …

Florida Gears Up for Another Everglades Python Hunt

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — More than 400 people have registered so far for Florida’s second Python Challenge, hoping to win prizes and fleeting fame in the fight against the Burmese pythons that have infested the Everglades. The snake-catching festival, which runs from Jan. 16 to Feb. 14, attempts …

Alpine Essay Contest Seeks Submissions

Sunday, January 10, 2016

East Corinth — The Waterman Fund, which works to strengthen human stewardship of the Northeast’s open summits, exposed ridgelines and alpine areas, is accepting submissions for its annual essay contest. In honor of the centennials of Acadia National Park and the National Park System, the essays should explore …

IMHO: Uphill Battle for Storrs Hill

Friday, January 8, 2016

On Dec. 28, as the season’s first winter storm bore down on the Upper Valley, the Storrs Hill Ski Area posted the following on its Facebook page: “It’s time to do a snow dance!” It worked, to a …

Save Dewey’s Mill Pond Meeting Set for Wednesday

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Quechee — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department will hold an informational meeting to discuss and explain the state of Dewey’s Mill Pond on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Ottauquechee School. The goal of the meeting is …

Outside Story: What Colors Can Deer See?

Monday, January 4, 2016

If you’re a hunter who’s ever ordered something from a sporting goods company, it’s probably safe to assume that you’ve been inundated with catalogues over the past four months. God help you if you save your seed catalogues, …

January’s Grand for Skiing

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Looking to recharge your body and mind this new year? Head outside this winter. Try something new. Rise out of your comfort zone. Do the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge. Sure, there are lots of recreational skier series, but …

Uneven Playing Field

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Deer baiting continued to be an issue in Minnesota’s firearms deer season this fall, according to Department of Natural Resources enforcement officials. As of last Thursday, 140 baiting citations had been issued to hunters in addition to 42 warnings, DNR officials said. Over the past five years, Minnesota …

In Wis., Giving Hunting a Shot

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Waukesha, Wis. — The hunting party worked its way slowly through the field at Wern Valley Sportsmen’s Club. The sky above was choked with low, gray clouds. The terrain all around was covered with tan, waist-high grass. “OK, we’re on something,” said Don Olszewski, of Franksville, Wis. Fifteen …

Piece of a Trail for Sale: Nonprofit Aims to Preserve Famed Mt. Sunapee Property

Friday, January 1, 2016

The “wild side” of Mount Sunapee needs some assistance to help stay that way. Thirty-three acres on Sunapee’s eastern base in Newbury, N.H. — including the trailhead for the popular Andrew Brook Trail — has been posted for …

Recreation Briefs: Woodstock Club to Host Learn-to-Curl Clinics

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Woodstock — The arrival of the new year will also mark two opportunities to join the Woodstock Curling Club for its annual learn-to-curl clinics. The Union Arena-based club will hold a pair of two-hour Sunday evening clinics next …