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They installed the first outdoor Olympic rings Wednesday in Sochi, Russia, a 60-by-30-foot reminder that Thursday marks a year to go before the opening of the 2014 Winter Games. The temperature was 61. That incongruity brings up the first of a baker's...
Out in what seems like the middle of no where is a section of woods known as the Gallitzin State Forest. Most people don't even know this area exist. There isn't a lot out there. But this time of year. One section of this forest gets a lot of attention...
Tags: Travel, Trips and Vacations, Wetlands
The Hartford CourantWhen he was a kid, Jim Shea Sr. couldn't wait to get out of Lake Placid, the then-sleepy little town in upstate New York whose claim to fame was hosting the 1932 Olympics. "I can remember vividly, walking home from school along Main Street, saying, 'I...
Tags: Sonja Henie, Nordic Skiing, Sports, Speed Skating, Olympic Games
When I visited Park City, Utah, a couple of winters ago, the ski life seemed to merge perfectly with the nonski life. On Main Street, for instance, shoppers filed into shops and galleries while cradling cups of coffee. At the same time, people in ski...
I believe in winter. In the past week, I've skied for hours at local parks, tripping so many endorphins that, if it was a controlled substance, I'd have a long, long record. So I believe. I just know that I have to seize winter while it's here. No...
Tags: Social Media, Media Industry, Nordic Skiing, YouTube, Sports
Inside Petoskey State Park is a famous trail used by Indians to portage their canoes between Round Lake and Little Traverse Bay. The path meanders through the dunes behind the campground on the Petoskey/Kegomic side of the park. Legend has it that...
As the year comes to a close, and winter starts to slowly move upon us. I start to hear the one thing that you hear every year. "I hate snow". Well, first let me say this. If your reading this, your not allowed to complain and here is why I say that....
There may not be snow on the ground, but the cold spell forecast over the next week should help area ski resorts make enough snow for thousands of Alpine skiers and snowboarders to enjoy. When people think of snow sports, thoughts generally turn first...
I am planting, but I need your snow seeds. I need to hear your favorite winter escapes here or somewhere in the Midwest where you like to ski, sled, snowboard, skate, snowmobile, take winter hikes or ... well, you tell me. I'll plant them in this...
Tags: Luge, Soups, Social Media, Conservation, Sports
I love winter. And one of the reasons I'm convinced I look forward to it is because I have things I love to do out in the fluff stuff. For years, I used to look forward to getting out on my cross country skis. I enjoyed exploring local areas in the...
Tags: Hummer, Nordic Skiing, Sports, Passenger Cars
Turkey? Check. Stuffing? Check. Brisk walk through the woods? Put that on your holiday list too. A hike in a peaceful forest preserve is a glorious Thanksgiving tradition, at least in our family. It gets you out of the kitchen. It gives you a...
Nevermind what you see outside of your window. The ski season has begun in northern Michigan, where downhill resorts opened this past week, including Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain and Nubs Nob, along with Pine Knob in the town of Clarkston, halfway...
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