Archive for the ‘Hiking’ category

Your weekend: Embrace the cold

With the weather officially dipping into Brrrr territory, to help you stay warm and moving we suggest you do the following: Coast Isn’t some of what makes the weather getting colder so sweet, the appreciation we have for a nice, hot meal? Saturday, you’ll get the chance to experience just that. Help wrap up North Carolina State Parks’ 100 Year Anniversary with Goose Creek State Park’s campfire cooking program. Some…

90 Second Escape: A Walk into Winter

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: Walk…

Winter: Low Expectations — and High Rewards

We like to ward off the beginning of the work-week blues with a thought about life on the outside. Its skies are milky, indifferent. Its landscape monochromatic, a wash of grays and browns. Its weather harsh at times.And Lord knows the season is stingy with sunlight. The stuff of travel & tourism ad campaigns winter is not. Perhaps that’s exactly why winter succeeds with so many of us, those who…

Monday, Monday: An hour a day 

We like to ward off the beginning of the work-week blues with a thought about life on the outside. When I was in my late 20s, I worked as a technical writer for a military contractor. I liked the work; trouble was, because it was a military contract, there were long stretches where there was no work to be done while we awaited approvals. Oddly, it was one of the…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…