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New England is truly a outdoor enthusists' paradise!
I've summitted 64 of the 65 highest peaks in New
England, and some peaks I seem to climb 4 or 5 times a year. Mount
Washington is an awesome peak, especially if you skip the last 500
feet to the summit and just hike around on the upper plateau just below the
summit cone. The spring skiing in Tuckerman
Ravine is incredible even for spectators. Mount
Monadnock is the best climb for the effort anywhere, but go up the rarely-used
trails or during lousy weather to avoid the crowds. Baxter
State Park and Acadia National
Park in Maine are two of my favorite destinations if I have time
for the 6-hour drive. I think we have all done big chunks of the 2000 mile Appalachian
Trail. I can walk from my house to Mount
Watatic, and I've seen a hundred sunsets from
its excellent summit. I can also walk from my house along the Midstate
Trail to Mount Wachusett,
which contains the largest known Old-Growth Forest in the state. One September
I backpacked most of the Long Trail in Vermont;
it is a three hundred mile ridgeline trail from Massachusetts to Canada,
with cabins and lean-tos about every three hours. For those living in Beantown,
the Boston Harbor Islands
are in your back yard. Jump on the ferry and go see what you are missing!
Out west HotSprings were always a favorite hiking
destination; I've soaked for many hours in dozens of natural hotsprings.
I sure wish there were some hot springs here in New England to soak in after
an outdoor winter weekend!
In the late 1980's I took some instruction courses with the Appalachian Mountain Club and got heavily into Rock Climbing and Whitewater Kayaking. The AMC is an excellent place to begin learning these skills. When we were both really in prime shape, Ricky and I spent a whole summer rockclimbing all across America! A couple years ago I roped up and climbed up to 19.000 feet on the Cotopaxi Volcano in Peru just for fun! A few years ago I finally bought a Mountain Bike to go with the road bike, and cycling has become my main summer exercise. I'm definately not a hardcore, I'm just out for exercise and fun, so it is usually not difficult to keep up with me unless you are way out of shape and never get much exercise.
Living in a small cabin in the forest on a pond for 15 years, my decision every afternoon was always whether to canoe, kayak, bike or hike for sunset and twilight!
New England has it all, so get outside and enjoy!
Cape Cod is a vacationland, and I make sure I get there at least two or three times every summer. Camping or the youth hostels are definitely the way to go. The bike trails in the sand dunes near Provincetown are awesome! Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are just a relaxing ferry ride away, so I get to them both at least once a year. Block Island is magical; I've recently discovered a driftwood beachshack built into the cliffs at one of the incredible remote beaches there that is calling for me to do an overnighter at. I'm waiting for a night of building seas, pounding surf, and nearly Full Moon! The tides in New England are wonderful, and some careful planning can allow us to partake of some excellent tidepooling, salt marsh exploration, or walking way out on the mudflats or sandbars! My mudshoes are always drying in the sun, waiting for the next extereme low tide! So get out there and have some fun!Explore the world while you are still able. Kill your television and get out there and "do" stuff every chance you have; it would be the best move you could ever make!
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Great Backpacking Info!
Garlic (my favorite "food")
Youth Hostels (best places to stay in America)
Lighthouses of New England
Outdoor Science Schools
Vermont's Long Trail
Tuckerman Ravine (ski it if you're nuts!)
Mount Watatic (my backyard romp)
1992 Climbing RoadTrip
My Favorite Volcanoes
Randolph Mountain Club
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|South America Trip
|Grand Teton N.P.
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