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Your weekend: Have an adventure that sizzles

Another hot summer weekend is on tap. Appropriately, we have some hot ideas on how to spend it. Coast / Coastal Plain A lot of folks like the idea of going on a group hike or walk. Trouble is, the vast majority are long and geared toward more advanced hikers. The opportunities to test the trail waters on shorter, friendly hikes are few. That’s why we like Saturday morning’s Wellness…

Your weekend: Make a date for Adventure with Dad

Father’s Day is Sunday. A thought or three on how to appropriately celebrate this weekend. Coast Perhaps you’re conflicted about what to do with Dad this weekend. On the one hand, he likes a good challenge. On the other, he likes to kick back and relax. What to do, what to do? What to do, is sate both sides of Dad by entering him in Saturday’s Good Hops 5K Beer…

Your weekend: It’s National Trails Day — salute your favorite trail

Since the early 1990s, the first Saturday in June has been recognized by the American Hiking Society as National Trails Day. It’s a day set aside to honor our favorite trails, hiking or paddling, mountain biking or equestrian. Around the country, hundreds of events will be held as part of the observation. At some events, folks will gather to spruce up their favorite trails, or to clear new favorites. At…

Your weekend: Make it a memorable one

Memorial Day weekend: it may not technically be summer’s meteorological kick off (that comes at 6:34 p.m. on June 20), but it certainly kicks off the season in our psyche. And the weather should be good for kicking if off in any number of adventurous ways, including … Coast We checked the forecast before recommending Saturday’s 2(ish)-mile hike on the Bennetts Creek Trail at Merchants Millpond State Park. It’s getting…

Your Weekend: Walk Wilmington, Paddle the Piedmont, Bike the Blue Ridge

Aren’t crazy about exercise, per se? All you need is the right carrot to get you walking, and Wilmington has three on Saturday. Meanwhile, Mayo River State Park offers a chance to paddle its namesake river and the mountain century season starts to kick in with Tour de Cashiers. Coast: Walking carrots Need a reason to walk (beyond the fact that it’s good for you)? You’ll find three reasons in…

Your weekend: Ride Wilmington, Hike Pilot, Run for Falafels

A mellow organized ride in Wilmington shuns the hammerhead drama of most such events; if you’re late for Sunday’s hike at Pilot Mountain, no problem — another will come along; and if there was ever a good reason to run a 5K, what could be better than a falafel-bearing t-shirt? Coast The casual cyclist looks at most organized rides and thinks: Looks like fun — if I could ride 64…

Your weekend: Hike the coast, clean a lake, ride the mountains

Looking for motivation to get your youngsters outside? How about a meat-eating plant! Meanwhile, there’s a lake in the Triangle that could use your TLC, and a ride in the mountains that promises to be just plain fun. Also: Next Wednesday, April 6, is National Walking Day, sponsored by the American Heart Association. Learn more here. Coast What motivates us to be active is an individual thing. Some folks are…

Weekend Plans: Ice? Snow? Bah!

We’re not going to let a little forecast ice and snow keep us from having a good time this weekend. Or at least planning to have a good time this weekend. Coast: 8th Annual Cold Stroke Classic Head on down to Wrightsville Beach this weekend to participate in (or watch) the 8th Annual Cold Stroke Classic! Lots of standup paddleboarders competing in different divisions: based on age, gender and height….

This weekend: Trick or treat? Pedal or paddle?

There are lots of ways to celebrate Halloween this Saturday. You can go the traditional route by dressing as your favorite explorer (Alferd Packer?) and shaking down the neighbors. Or, you can dress up for a paddle race at the coast or a bike ride (or two) in the mountains. Coast Have you been wondering how to combine your love of music, your paddling and Halloween? Probably not. But if…

This weekend: Worship the sun

There’s a little rain in the forecast, but mostly sun. After recent events, you’re obliged to get out and make the start of our galaxy feel welcome. And there are events aplenty this weekend to help you do just that. Coast If you like your movement to have meaning, you’re in luck this weekend. In the Wilmington area alone, there’s the 17th Annual Son Run 5K (benefitting The Carousel Center,…