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Trail etiquette: play nice

We head into the wayback machine again to revisit the timely topic of trail etiquette. The following first appeared here on March 19, 2010. It reappears today, with minor revisions.  Sunday, I was running the bike and bridle trail at Umstead when I came upon a sizable obstacle: a phalanx of hikers bearing backpacks spanned the width of the trail, spilling over onto the shoulders. The trail is quiet generous, a…

This weekend: Sunny days ahead 

After a long spell of rain, you owe it to yourself to spend the weekend outdoors. The opportunities for doing so abound. Coast How many chances do you get to run a 5K through a swamp? Not too many. Saturday, though, you have the chance at the Millpond Day 5K Family Fun Run/Walk at Merchants Millpond State Park. The run is on park trail that winds through bottomland coastal forest…

This weekend: Free ride? 

Weird weather (Friday snow in the mountains?) precedes a mellow, springlike weekend. A weekend good for so many adventures, from heeding the advice of Edgar Winter and taking a free ride to gazing into the night sky. Coast A satellite view of the eastern seaboard at night is startling not so much for the artificial light that illuminates the region, but for the one spot that remains dark: far eastern North Carolina….

This weekend: Variety is the spice of adventure 

There’s a biathlon at the coast, a lucky bike ride in the mountains, and salvation — or at least a way to save yourself from getting lost — in the Piedmont. Coast Before you go tri, perhaps you should try bi. It only makes sense that instead of going directly to three sports, you should ease yourself in with two. Say, standup paddle boarding and running? If that sounds like…

This weekend: Saturday, rather than Sunday 

Saturday sees a return to seasonable temperatures and sun, suitable for a day of adventure. Sunday … not so much. Unless you’re going skiing, check out our Saturday recommendations. Coast One of the big struggles of modern parenting is motivating our kids to move. Back in the day, it was no problem: you could stay inside and watch one of the four channels (three of which were airing mom’s soaps)…

The RDU Solution: Let’s think big

Several years ago, when Keith Nealson was a ranger at Umstead State Park, I nearly had him talked into a canoe trip down Crabtree Creek through the park. Alas, he transferred (he’s now the superintendent of Eno River State Park) and the trip never advanced beyond talk. But the idea has lingered. It’s come to the fore of late with talk of creating a Trails Center on about 600 acres…

Your weekend: Night hike, fun run, bike with the stars

Another gorgeous fall weekend is on tap, one good for a night hike, a fun run or a mountain road ride with the best in the cycling business. Coast As daylight continues to dwindle, so, we assume, do our opportunities for outdoor adventure, especially during the work week. But did you know that not all of the natural world goes to sleep when the sun goes down? In fact, for some, sunset…

Your weekend: Go (run) and jump in a lake

Labor Day weekend — the last hurrah of summer. Make sure you make the most of it. Coast | Coastal Plain Any event of athletic endurance should end with a flourish. Few end with the flourish of the Go Jump in the Lake 5K, 10K and 15 K in Boiling Springs. The course is mostly around Spring Lake, site of a summer triathlon known for its heat. It’s not likely…

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…