September/October 2010

The days are getting shorter and colder. But for high school and college students, now is the time to be thinking of summer—not the warm memories of last summer, but the possibilities of next. This is when employers around the Northeast begin shaping their summer work force for the coming year. Even if the current…

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An alphabetical introduction to the geology of the White Mountains The research for Dykstra Eusden’s recently published book on the geology of the Presidential Range was built up over time. For more than a decade, the Bates College professor set up geology field camp near Randolph, N.H. “Understanding geology,” Eusden says, “means understanding what you…

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Ever wonder how U.S. shoe sizes are determined? Or what the difference is between men’s and women’s sizes? Ever notice that one of your feet is bigger than the other? Or that your feet have gotten longer as you’ve gotten older? Let these fun foot factoids enlighten you. U.S. Shoe SizesMale shoe sizes are determined…

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This is the last in a series devoted to Yankee magazine’s list of the “Top 25 Towns for Foliage” in New England. Yankee used 14 different measures to come up with its list. I sorted one of those rankings, the hiking category, and created the “Great Kids, Great Outdoors Top 10 Towns for Fall Hikes.”…

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Yankee magazine this month ranked the “Top 25 Towns for Foliage” in New England, based on 14 different measures. I sorted the magazine’s rankings on the Hiking category and created the “Great Kids, Great Outdoors Top 10 Towns for Fall Hikes.” My previous post covered the Top 3 towns, which were the same in both…

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In my last post I described the article in the September/October issue of Yankee magazine that ranked the “Top 25 Towns for Foliage” in New England. I took that ranking, sorted it on the Hiking category, and created the “Great Kids, Great Outdoors Top 10 Towns for Fall Hikes.” I’ve been to most of these…

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I’m a Bigfoot. As in, I have really big feet. Size 15 to be exact. Fifteen years ago, it used to be near impossible to find a pair of shoes large enough for my oversized flippers—even a size 14 was hard to come by in most retail stores, especially outdoor specialty shops. But these days…

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It’s that time of year again. As of September 21, we’re officially in fall, or autumn — or as both locals and tourists call it around here, leaf season. The focus certainly is on leaves. For one thing, they’re falling, which means we get to chase them. (Trying to catch a falling leaf makes children…

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Wouldn’t it be nice if you never got a flat tire on your bike…ever? Or if your full-sized road bike weighed less than a gallon of milk? Good news. There’s a new no-flat tubeless bike tire arriving in 2011. Bad news. A six-pound bike—which has indeed been created—would cost you an estimated $45,000. Hutchinson Serenity…

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The Quiksilver Ps + Cypher Heat Vest has the potential to extend winter surf sessions—and other cold-water activities—by providing battery-powered heat to the torso and core area. As a dedicated New England surfer, I chase waves through the entire surf season (roughly August – April)—including the depths of winter. Some high-quality waves usually arrive during…

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