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Inch By Inch, Row By Row, I'm Gonna Make This Garden Grow – Even If It Kills Me

 April 11, 2014

Hunched over like Quasimodo the other day while I hacked a trench with a mattock and then dropped pinpoint-size kale seeds into damp garden soil (why do they have to be so blasted tiny?!), I nonetheless found myself humming "Garden Song," David Mallet's iconic folk song made famous by...

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She's Baaaa-ck ... The Window-Whacking, OCD-Afflicted Cardinal Is Up To Her Old, Annoying Tricks

 April 4, 2014

As challenging as this past season has been, what with constantly stoking the wood stove, shoveling snow and ashes, and having to bundle up like Nanook of the North, I enjoyed one aspect: Silence from the nutty cardinal that spent...

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Epic Winter Creates Epic Whitewater Conditions

 March 29, 2014

All that snow and ice that piled up during a winter that never quit has to go somewhere when it melts, and the long-awaited thaw has finally gotten rivers, streams — and the blood of whitewater enthusiasts — flowing.

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Happy Birthday, Sidney Van Zandt - Our Conservation Queen

 March 22, 2014

Stroll out to Bluff Point in Groton, one of Connecticut’s most spectacular shoreline treasures – at 800 acres it comprises the largest undeveloped peninsula between New York and Cape Cod – and imagine instead of...

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Going With The Floes: Kayaking Among Eagles And Ice On The Connecticut River

 March 14, 2014

   Weaving our kayaks among slabs of ice that cluttered the Connecticut River the other day, Ian Frenkel and I steered east toward Nott Island just off Essex, and hadn’t paddled more than 15 minutes when a shadow swept...

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Tapping the Maples: A Sweet , Long Overdue Harbinger of Spring

 March 8, 2014

Clack, clack, clack ...
The metallic ring of a hammer pounding in a spile, or maple sugar tap, echoed through the woods Friday morning, and I held my breath for a moment.

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This Winter Could Be Worse: You Could Be A Deer Or Wild Turkey

 March 1, 2014

Before trekking to the compost pile and ash pit the other day, a round-trip distance of less than 100 yards, I suited up as if for a month-long polar expedition – mountaineering parka, balaclava, overmitts and studded boot grippers...

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Forward Thinking: Preserve a Ledyard Farm, Close a Road to Traffic

 February 22, 2014

While running with my old pal Johnny Kelley of Mystic years ago we loped toward Ledyard, where pavement gave way to gravel.
Soon we passed an expansive bog that bordered a dense forest, which gradually...

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Coyote Vs. Deer: Death On The Ice

 February 15, 2014

While splitting firewood behind my house not long ago, out of the corner of my eye I detected movement about 50 yards away and pivoted in time to see a lone coyote loping through the snow.
This was no...

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Is It Just Me, Or Is Winter Losing Some Of Its Charm?

 February 5, 2014

Normally I’m a too-much-is-never enough kind of guy who lives by the motto, "Nothing succeeds like excess."
Yet, sadly, I’m beginning to have second thoughts about snow.

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Sailing With Pete Seeger

 January 28, 2014

Pete Seeger, who died Monday at the age of 94, was not just an iconic folksinger whose songs, including "If I Had a Hammer," ''Turn, Turn, Turn," and ''Where Have All the Flowers Gone," have for generations led a rallying cry against...

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The Dirty Little Secrets About Heating with Wood

 January 25, 2014

A bunch of friends are stopping by today (Saturday) for a run, and whenever people pop in, particularly during savagely cold weather, I stoke the wood stoves as if they were blast furnaces, and also take extra pains to sweep up every ash...

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A Playground in Our Own Backyard: The Best Places to Hike, Paddle and Have Fun in and Near Southeastern Connecticut

 January 18, 2014

While kayaking with friends in Fishers Island Sound not long ago it occurred to me that all of them had driven a considerable distance to launch their boats at Esker Point Beach in Noank: Ian, from Old Saybrook; Robin, from Wallingford,...

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Savoring the Solitude of Mountains in Winter

 January 11, 2014

 
Crunch. Crunch. Crunch. ...
Each step of snowshoe on crusty snow echoed through a dazzling ravine in New Hampshire’s White Mountains the other day, the...

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Breaking News: Global Warming Linked to Obamacare, Gun Control (and Other Fanciful Observations)

 January 4, 2014

    After years of denying the Earth’s temperature has been steadily rising, researchers at the world’s foremost authority on noxious greenhouse gases, the Fox News/EIB Network Climatology Institute, now...

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March of the Penguins: Get Ready for the New Year's Day Run-Swim

 December 28, 2013

With only days to go before the greatest event on Earth, the New Year’s Day run-swim, I’ve been training with a vengeance by repeatedly dashing full-speed into a giant block of dry ice while wearing only nylon shorts, and...

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Cross-Country Skiing in Connecticut: Carpe Diem

 December 21, 2013

Most denizens in our neck of the woods whined about last week's early-in-the-season storms that coated the ground with several inches of crusty snow topped by fluffy powder, but as soon as the flakes stopped flying my wife, Lisa, and I...

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Hamsters On Treadmills: Embracing the Great Indoors

 December 14, 2013

As we approach the coldest, darkest and slipperiest season, I find myself spending almost as much time in the gym as I do outdoors, and can’t help feeling a little guilty about using electricity to power the treadmill –...

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All I Want for Christmas Is A Brute Force ATV With A 749 CC V-Twin Engine

 December 7, 2013

Time is running out to wrap up your holiday shopping for that hard-to-please Great Outdoors writer, so to simplify the task I've taken the liberty of making a list and checking it twice to make sure readers perceive that my tongue has...

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Cooking With Hickories: You Gotta Be Nuts

 November 30, 2013

When they're feeling charitable, friends and family consider me a Pollyanna who's forever trying to make lemonade out of lemons ("I realize I've led us off the trail and we've gotten caught in a cloudburst, but think how great it will...

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A-hunting We Will Go: Don't Shoot the Kayakers!

 November 23, 2013

Any number of unwelcome sounds have sent icy shivers down my back while kayaking – a thunderclap, the roar of a waterfall just downstream, a ferry horn in fog, the wail of a patrol boat's siren when I've inadvertently strayed into...

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