May/June 2011

I looked it up in the dictionary: Fledging means taking care of a young bird until its feathers and wing muscles are sufficiently developed for flight. Add an “l” and you get the name for a young bird whose wing feathers have recently come in. Fledglings often remain under the care of their parents, though,…

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Neoprene wetsuits are an amazing invention, allowing wearers to stay warm in chilly waters that they would otherwise never be able to withstand for any length of time. But there’s a common myth about how they work, one I’ve heard repeated over and over again. The myth is this: Wetsuits keep you warm by trapping…

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Beth Homicz, co-author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes near Washington, D.C., recently shared several of her favorite family-friendly hikes in and around the nation’s capital. For that list, she focused on outings that combine history and nature. One of her favorite hikes in the greater D.C. area, though, is less about history and more about…

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Welcome to part 2 of my round-up of specialty license plates that directly help fund conservation and environmental causes in the Northeast. This post covers New York and the mid-Atlantic states down to Maryland. (Check out the previous post for New England conservation plates.) In New York, you can bolt on a bluebird designed by…

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Bicycles are simple. Two wheels on a metal frame adorned with handlebars, saddle, and a bunch of gears. Yet these basic elements can be configured in a multitude of ways, creating a diverse bicycle kingdom for every pedal-powered activity under the sun. So which bike species should live in your garage?… This column originally appeared…

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The newest guide in AMC’s Best Day Hikes series gives fresh meaning to the phrase “outside the beltway.” Each year, millions of families travel to Washington, D.C., to see the nation’s museums and monuments. AMC’s Best Day Hikes near Washington, D.C. divulges insiders’ secrets to getting outside the famous walls of our nation’s capital—and some…

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This month New Hampshire released a new special license plate that specifically benefits New Hampshire State Parks—and provides you with a year’s free entry to NH State Parks to boot. It marks the latest additions to New England’s roster of plates that directly support environmental efforts. Here’s a quick round-up. The New Hampshire State Park…

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Nemo Equipment continues to produce some ground-breaking ultralight tents from its home in Nashua, N.H. Since I profiled the company two years ago as part of my ongoing series of Northeast-based gear companies (see end of post), Nemo Equipment has released some noteworthy new designs. Here are the ones that caught my attention. **Note that…

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The long Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of the summer season. Families travel to the beach and to lakes, rivers, and ponds for what is also the start of the swimming and boating season. Living near water as we do, water safety is an important part of our family life. Our children learned…

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“Are you my mother?” That was the question asked by one of our kids’ favorite characters, in the book of the same name by P.D. Eastman. The Beginning Reader book was first published in 1960, long enough ago to have been one of my favorite picture books as a kid, too. The main character is…

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