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Forget San Juan Capistrano – If You Want to See Hundreds of Thousands of Swallows, Check Out the Lower Connecticut River

 September 27, 2014

Like the first snowflakes of an approaching blizzard, a small flurry of tiny birds flitted across the slow-moving water of the Connecticut River earlier this week, just as the sun began to dip below the western bank in Old Saybrook.

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Celebrating the Spirit of Johnny Kelley, as We Dedicate a Statue in His Memory

 September 19, 2014

Participating in weekly runs with legendary marathon champion Johnny Kelley back in the 1970s was a lot like attending a religious service.

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Pink Gloves Save The Day At The Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon

 September 14, 2014

Paddling a tandem kayak in the second leg of the Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon in the Berkshires of Massachusetts is a lot like competing in a combined NASCAR, Formula One and Demolition Derby race, what with every manner of vessel...

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A Three-peat Victory, Redemption and Inspiration at Norwalk’s Lighthouse to Lighthouse Race

 September 6, 2014

As Ian Frenkel and I stealthily steered our 22-foot tandem kayak toward Greens Ledge Lighthouse on Long Island Sound off Norwalk Saturday, we closed in on our good friend and arch rival Phil Warner, who was racing in his 24-foot two-man...

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The Elegance (and Pain) of a White Mountain Presidential Traverse

 August 30, 2014

Most hikers traipsing among New Hampshire’s White Mountains consider peaks in the Presidential Range – Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Washington, Monroe, Eisenhower – a worthy day hike, and many break up ascents of the more...

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Superior Kayaking in Minnesota

 August 24, 2014

Over the years I’ve heard many sounds while kayaking – roaring rapids, crashing waves, rumbling thunder, whistling wind, pelting rain, quacking ducks, barking seals, crying loons, splashing whales, screeching eagles –...

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You Can't Mess With Mother Nature (But That Doesn't Stop Me From Trying)

 August 16, 2014

In his book "The Control of Nature" John McPhee chronicles such futile human efforts as spraying fire hoses on a volcanic lava flow that threatened an Icelandic fishing village, building dikes along the flood-prone...

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For the Ultra Athlete, Nothing Succeeds Like Excess

 August 9, 2014

At 5:40 Thursday morning the sun had yet to poke above the horizon, but Laura Ely of Stonington and Pam Dolan of Mystic already had begun a 20-mile cycle through the hills of southeastern Connecticut.

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A Fox in the Blueberries and Other Garden Surprises

 August 1, 2014

    When my wife returned from the garden the other day, somewhat breathless and empty-handed, she announced, "You’ll never believe what’s trapped in the blueberry enclosure."

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At Last, Kayaks Overpower Jet Skis

 July 25, 2014

While launching my kayak on Maine’s Rangeley Lake the other day I took a short detour to avoid a particularly annoying personal watercraft rider who had been buzzing around in circles, seemingly oblivious to loons, humans and other...

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At Pamplona, I Root for the Bulls

 July 18, 2014

Here is what Bill Hillman wrote in the book he recently co-authored about how to survive running with the bulls in Pamplona:

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Setting a Five-quart Limit on Beach Coolers No Big Deal – I Rarely Put Down More than Three or Four Quarts of Tequila Anyway

 July 12, 2014

I don’t understand why everybody is making such a fuss about a new ordinance banning coolers larger than five quarts from Old Lyme’s Sound View Beach. What’s the problem? Three or four quarts of tequila are usually...

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Hitting the Road with Your Kayak – Not Literally, I Hope

 July 4, 2014

If I ever won the lottery — an unlikely occurrence since I never buy tickets — my principal indulgence would be the acquisition of assorted waterfront properties, where I would store sea kayaks, whitewater play boats, standup...

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Ticks, Slugs, Skeeters, Wasps and Other Critters I Can Do Without

 June 28, 2014

After my morning run and swim the other day I prepared for a relaxing respite on the deck and carried out a bowl of Greek yogurt topped with fresh fruit, a can of club soda and the latest issue of The New Yorker.

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Surviving the Farmington River's Boateater Rapid

 June 21, 2014

While kayaking down a 110-mile wilderness section of the St. John River in northern Maine years ago, the last free-running waterway in the Northeast, my paddling companions and I constantly reminded each other what loomed ahead —...

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Everybody Who Has Ever Beaten Me in a Race has Cheated. They’re all Cowards!

 June 14, 2014

Most people were so revolted by California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn’s comments last Saturday after his horse failed to win the Triple Crown they launched a blistering attack on Twitter — the 21st century version of...

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Kayaking from New London to Orient Point and Back – Given the Choice I’ll Take a Glorious Day in Favorable Conditions Over Hell on the High Seas

 June 6, 2014

As we paddled through The Sluiceway at the east end of Plum Island the other day, the seas, which had been pancake-flat all across Long Island Sound, began building, and I watched with some trepidation as breaking waves crashed against a...

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Attack Of The Killer Vines And Other Plant Violence

 May 31, 2014

This time of year our spirits rejuvenate with blooming flowers, sprouting foliage and chirping birds, but amid verdant lushness and bursting life death lurks, striking violently or creeping stealthily.

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A-glamping We Will Go

 May 24, 2014

Friends, family and loyal readers realize I would prefer pitching a tent on the side of a mountain to spending a night at the Ritz-Carlton, and would rather gobble gorp by a campfire than choke down pâté de foie gras at Le...

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Paddling Alongside History: A Kayaker's Perspective Of The Whaleship Morgan

 May 17, 2014

As the Charles W. Morgan, the world’s last surviving wooden whaleship, edged Saturday morning toward the downtown Mystic drawbridge for the first time in nearly three-quarters of a century, throngs on shore cheered, a flotilla of...

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A Fitting Farewell in Fishers Island Sound

 May 10, 2014

At last, a warm, sunny day last Saturday brought a slew of kayakers to one of the best launch sites in Connecticut, Noank’s Esker Point Beach, where five of us branched off from a pack of paddlers and steered toward my favorite...

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