September/October 2010

“Exercise your body, exercise your mind.” I’m seeing more and more articles that confirm what my father used to tell my brothers and me when we were kids. The most recent example: “The Fittest Brains” in The New York Times Magazine, on new research into exercise and kids’ intelligence. Researchers at the University of Illinois…

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I just updated my online bookmarks to include the most useful web sites for staying up-to-date on the New York and Mid-Atlantic outdoors, including current updates on conditions, happenings, and events. This is the companion post to my recent post, Essential Links: New England. If you don’t see one of your favorite sites, please mention…

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Last week, REI announced the opening of its first retail store in Manhattan. Slated to open in fall 2011, the new store will be located only a few blocks away from Manhattan’s flagship EMS store. It seems the area is set to become quite the destination for comparison-shopping gear junkies. Both stores are large and…

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I updated my online bookmarks yesterday to include the most useful web sites for staying up-to-date on the New England outdoors, including current updates on conditions, happenings, and events. If you don’t see one of your favorite sites, please mention it in the comments section—I will compile an expanded list based on your feedback. Here…

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Last year, I promised Ursula that I would teach her how to climb — “real climbing,” she insisted — outdoors, on real rocks, with ropes and harnesses and gear. It’s been a while since I’ve roped up, though. So I was glad to have a chance recently to talk to Brian Crossen, a longtime outdoor…

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I posted here on Wednesday about the girls-only time that Ursula and I spent together this past weekend, while Jim and Virgil were on a boys-only fishing trip. As we headed into the weekend, Jim and I weren’t thinking about it in terms of a gender split. But on Friday night, Ursula made us think…

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You can now have all of your high-def footage precisely pinpointed with an integrated GPS helmet cam. The new Contour GPS tracks speed, elevation, and location, correlating footage with precise info about it. Design-wise, the Contour GPS has essentially the same housing as its companion style, the Contour HD, a narrow, low-profile cylindrical design that…

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It was girls-only time here at Orange Pond last weekend. Jim and Virgil left early Saturday morning for Virgil’s first overnight fishing trip, heading up to Maine with two of Jim’s longtime fishing buddies. Ursula had just come home herself from an overnight trip, a three-day outdoor program with her middle school. She extracted a…

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Jim and Virgil returned last night from their long fishing weekend in Maine, full of stories and excitement. Virgil burst out of the car door wearing a fur cap on his head and a raccoon pelt draped over his shoulders — a purchase from a roadside yard sale, Jim told me later — and started…

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The woods of New England are beginning to blush with the onset of fall. To experience fall foliage at its best, use the following resources to track its progress—and find the perfect destination to witness this natural marvel. Yankee FoliageAn entire site dedicated to New England’s fall foliage, including current reports and maps, best foliage…

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