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Outdoors / Recreation

Tell-Tale Sign Of New Season: ‘The Gobble’

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dallas — One of the neatest sounds of spring is the reverberating “gobble, gobble, gobble” call of a male turkey. Wild turkeys occasionally make the gobbling call outside of breeding season. For the most part, gobbling is a spring serenade. To reveal their location to any breeding hens that may be close enough to hear, males gobble when they fly up to roost at dusk. They gobble on the roost …

Hope Springs on Wisconsin River

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Along the Brule River, Wis. — We could have come back to the Brule just for the bald eagles. Or the deer. Or the Canada geese. Or the ducks. Or the steelhead. Or the two otters. Or the sleepy bear. Any of those would have been enough. The two of us knew, when we slid the canoe off the snow into the river …

A Joy to be Back on the Mighty Mississippi

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Spring had been planned by ticking off the days until sap ran. Somewhere in the middle of this, or around it, rivers would break free of ice, or warm up, and fishing dates were on the calendar. This was before winter hung on forever, and snow remained piled halfway up the bird feeders. …

Cold Weather’s Camping Challenges

Sunday, March 30, 2014

In the Boundary Waters, Minn. — Lying in my toasty sleeping bag, I waited for the crackling fire in the small wood stove to warm the frigid canvas tent. My three camping companions already had emerged from their bags on this bitter cold morning and fired the stove. …

Trout Fishing’s Many Angles

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Pittsburgh — Want fish? Go to the supermarket. They’ve got plenty, and if you’ve got the money you’re guaranteed to take some home. Fishing, however, isn’t about food. It’s about balancing gear and an ever-growing skill set with …

Spring Skiing Signals Season’s Swan Song

Sunday, March 30, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News Loving the snow? Then enjoy true spring skiing with a few added twists as skiers and snowboarders should be able to ride chairlifts through much of April, and likely longer. Or, take to the woods. Like skiing at Jackson Ski …

Snowcats on the Prowl: Group Goes All Out to Maintain Trails

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lebanon — When winter lingers, it means more fun for members of the Twin State Trailbusters. For volunteers in the Lebanon-based snowmobile club, it also means more commitment. Mark Gardner, now in his 24th year as club president, …

Recreation: Fontaine, Hagley Run to Shuffle Wins

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lebanon — Running through a spring snow squall without much difficulty, Lebanon’s Josh Fontaine and Laura Hagley ran to victories in the Shamrock Shuffle 5K on Saturday, the opening event on the seven-stop Upper Valley Running Series. A …

Rosalie Outlook

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Snow Time Like Race Time

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A little snow didn’t stop more than 700 runners from participating in Saturday’s Shamrock Shuffle 5-kilometer race in Lebanon. Above: Josh Fontaine, of Lebanon, hugs his mother, Yvette, after he finished first with a time of 15 minutes, …

A Race to Get Shamrock Shuffle Up and Running

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The calendar says spring began Thursday. The streets of downtown Lebanon say otherwise. Department of Public Works crews will be busy on Kimball Street and Shaw Street today, trying to remove enough snow to allow the annual Shamrock Shuffle 5-kilometer road race take place safely along its normal …

Great Skates

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Concord — Sweeping four games by an aggregate 16-2 score, the Twin Valley Bantams skated to a 3-0 win over the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs on Sunday at Everett Arena to capture the New Hampshire Tier IV state …

The Family That Skis Together …

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Breton family, of Orford, clockwise from top left, Levi, 6, Erika, Jasper, 3, and Dan, ski the trails at the Strafford Nordic Center on a blustery Sunday morning, March 16, 2014. …