September/October 2012

Deer ticks are pernicious, nasty little critters. Common throughout the Northeast, these parasitic bloodsuckers are the primary vector for Lyme disease, an unpleasant and potentially serious illness that is well worth avoiding. Your goal is to prevent deer ticks from enjoying their sanguineous feast and possibly transmitting the disease-causing bacterium. Here are the best, most…

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A GPS watch tells you two basic things—how far you’ve gone and how fast you’re moving—as well as the usual info provided by any sports watch (time, date, elapsed time, etc.) You can spend hundreds of dollars for GPS watches stuffed with extra features you may never use, but if all you need are the…

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Every year, American kids miss 10.5 million days of school because of asthma, according to the EPA. One in every 10 kids is affected. They’re not just missing school. They’re missing simple childhood pleasures, like running outside without wheezing and playing on a sports team without toting an inhaler. One of the major causes is…

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Fall weather is upon us, which means that soon we’ll all have the opportunity to leaf-peep until our eyeballs pop. Here’s a round-up of the best fall foliage web sites and online resources for New England, including several state-specific foliage reports. Yankee Foliage  It’s hard to imagine a more comprehensive online resource than this bonanza…

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Pat’s Backcountry Beverages—company slogan: “Drink Resourcefully”—has developed a beer concentrate that can be reconstituted and carbonated in the field. Pat (a.k.a. Patrick Tatera of Talkeetna, Alaska) has created a beer concentrate that isn’t technically dehydrated, an energy-intensive process that would involve removing all of the water from a beer brewed in standard fashion, but rather…

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Whether you’re embarking on a big trip or simply examining your own backyard, keeping a nature journal can hone your child’s skills of observation, writing, drawing, and self-expression. It can also be a lot of fun. Cheryl and William de Jong-Lambert, authors of Outdoors with Kids New York City, share their suggestions for how to…

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Could your child’s class save a tree even before school starts? Yes, according to the EPA, which says that for every 42 notebooks purchased that are made of 100 percent recycled paper instead of virgin paper, one less tree is cut down. Here are some more tips for how to outfit your kids for school…

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Madison Number 2, built in 1911, contained a few upgrades over its predecessor, the first Madison Spring Hut—namely seats, tables, and a cooking area. “The coming season it is our intention to furnish in [the hut] simple meals, supper and breakfast chiefly,” read AMC’s Trustees of Real Estate report at the end of the year….

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Drop it on a rock. Throw it in the river. Give it to your kids. It won’t break. A whole genre of compact, ultra-durable cameras is built for the abusive conditions of the backcountry and everyday life. Here’s the latest on choosing a rugged, pocket-sized camera tough enough for virtually any adventure. IndestructibleNo camera is…

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