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Living the active life in North Carolina

Your Weekend: It’s the most wonderful time of the year

The week after Thanksgiving, for some reason, is always a tough one to push through. Even more the reason we are so grateful that the holiday season is providing us a plethora of options to get out for what’s going to be another beautiful weekend. Coast December, when neighbors become a little more chatty, trees go up, houses become swathed in creative light designs. While all this excitement is in…

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90 Second Escape: The Virtues of Walking in the Rain

Wednesday, Hump Day. The memories of your weekend adventures are too distant to cling to, the prospects of adventure over the weekend ahead too distant to ponder. To help you over these midweek blues, every Wednesday we visually take you to a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb. Today’s 90-Second Escape: The…

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A walk … or a hike?

We like to ward off the beginning of the work-week blues with a thought about life outdoors. At the start of our Hike NC! hikes, I ask, “How many of you have hiked before?” An appropriate question considering the program, launched this fall, is aimed at getting newcomers on the trail. Maybe half say they’ve hiked some, the rest often say that they “walk” — “walk” typically meaning they walk for…

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90 Second Escape: Fade to Winter

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a…

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Hiking into winter

This week, we start something new. Our 90 Second Escapes, which have occupied this space, will move to Wednesday, hump day. Instead, on Mondays, we’ll try to get your workweek off to an upbeat start by celebrating an aspect of active, adventurous living.  We were midway through a 10-mile hike along Falls Lake Sunday afternoon when Holly said, “I like this trail. It’s got a lot of diversity.” I smiled….

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Your weekend: Get going into the holidays

Your weekend forecast: Clear skies and an abundance to look forward to before the Holiday Season. With a multitude of options, here are a few we are especially eyeing. Coast It’s the last trip this season, a leisurely cruise through the marshes adjacent to Hammocks Beach State Park, that is. What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than on the water? There’s an undeniable serenity when on the water…

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90 Second Escape: A Classic Weekend on the AT

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a…

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This weekend: Yet another great weekend to GET OUT! 

Exploring by foot this weekend yields intriguing insights into a coastal island, a look at fall color where we often don’t look, and a double feature of geology and views on a unique North Carolina mountain. Coast We hike, in part, to explore (which is one reason the urge to go off trail can be so great). We love to see new things, love to see things that not a…

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90 Second Escape: Hiking Colorado’s Front Range

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a…

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Your weekend: More great fall days to hike, run or fly a kite

Our spate of great fall weekend weather continues. Amid a full lineup of ways to enjoy it, here’s what we are especially drawn to. Coast Make of this what you will: I go for a 5-mile run, my step-counter-dealiebob gives me credit for maybe 8,000 steps. I spend the day working in the yard, I hit my daily goal of 15,000 steps by noon. Which is to say, good aerobic…

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