Plan Ahead: Odds and Ends

Here are a handful of New England traditions to commit to now, before it’s too late. June: Visit Quechee, VT in June for their 34th Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival. July: Did you know every summer in June and July, Montreal plays host to the International Fireworks Competition? July: Spend the Fourth of July camping on the Boston Harbor Islands, and […]

Owl Watch

Just a few days ago while walking through the Boston Common this writer came upon a woman peering into a leafless willow tree. It turned out she was a birder, out hunting for the afternoon. She was nice enough to share her binoculars with passersby and the view they revealed was one we all hope […]

Night Hikes: Full Moon Feaver

Night hikes. Have you ever done one on purpose? If you are like us, there has surely been a time or two you’ve white-knuckle hiked down a mountain trail in the dark. You may have been without a headlamp and cursing the person(if it wasn’t you) who hours earlier promised you wouldn’t need a map […]

Thanksgiving: Our Recipes For Outdoor Fun

It’s Thanksgiving and at some point you will watch Planes, Trains & Automobiles. It can be very easy to treat our nation’s only sanctioned four day holiday as an excuse to sit on the couch and ignore the outdoors. But Thanksgiving weekend, with all it’s carb-loading meals and extended family visits is actually an outdoor […]

Gear: The Humble Thermos

Sometimes an incentive helps get kids outdoors. When the weather turns cold, kids never refuse hot cocoa with marshmallows. The next time you head outside for a chilly day walk/hike/whatever consider whipping up a batch of hot cocoa before you leave the house. Not only can you use it as a lure to get them […]

Apple Picking – A New England Tradition

It may sound cliche, but apple picking is a must do New England outing in the fall. Have you been apple picking before? Of course you have. In fact, we bet you’ve been enough times that you are probably thinking, “OFC, are you kidding me? Apple picking is the best you can come up with […]