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This weekend: H20! H20! H20!

With the weather expected to remain exceptionally summerlike this weekend, we get out the divining rod to show us the way to sensible adventure. Let’s see where it takes us. Coast At the coast, our rod points to … the marshlands of Bald Head Island, where wet relief is but a paddle-splash (or better still, a capsize!) away. On both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the BHI Conservancy leads Kayaking the…

Your Weekend: Adventure as different as night and day

What’s better than probing a cemetery on a hot summer night? Hiking the base of Pilot Mountain, perhaps? Or maybe a triathlon of the sprint variety. You’ve got options this weekend. Coast / Coastal Plain It’s every kid’s perfect summer night: wait until sunset, then grab a flashlight and wander through the local cemetery. A rite of youth fraught with the forbidden: sneaking out after dark, trespassing, cavorting among the…

Your weekend: Horse around, run through the night, canoe a mountain river

We’ve got another hot summer weekend on tap. Some options: spend it on a barrier island checking out the horse scene; take a run through the cool(er) night; paddle a mountain river. Coast / coastal plain One of the reasons you love to head into the wild is the opportunity to see wildlife. For a lot of us, the bigger the wildlife the better. Swimmers at the coast love the…

Your weekend: A three-day salute to adventure

So much adventure to be had this Fourth of July weekend! Good thing you have three days to fit it in! Coast and coastal plain One of the best adventure deals going: Merchant Millpond State Park’s periodic Canoe The Pond program. Join a ranger on a canoe trip on this 760-acre millpond that dates to the early 1700s. Paddle amid the bald cypress and tupelo gum that have since infiltrated…

Your weekend: A sprint pent, a night run, a hike for good

This weekend, we’ve got something for folks in OK shape, folks looking to beat the heat, folks looking for a reason to do good. Coast You’re in pretty good shape; maybe not midseason form, but you feel you could take on a good challenge. The Carolina Beach Double Sprint 2016, perhaps? It’s a pentagon, of sorts: swim 375 meters in the Atlantic, run 1.5 miles, bike 11 miles, run another…

Your weekend: Water and dark — the keys to beating the heat

The heat, as Glenn Frey once declared, is on. Temperatures this weekend could hit triple digits, meaning one of two things for the outdoor inclined: play on the water or play during the cool of the night. Coast Forecast high Sunday for Spring Lake in the coastal plain: 101. Lordy! At 9 a.m., however, it will only be 83, which in our book is good paddling weather. Good enough, certainly,…

Your weekend: Frogs, flowers, fleet feet

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park celebrates the frog, Haw River State Park celebrates wild flowers, and Asheville celebrates the fleet of foot with a trail run. It all happens Saturday, your last chance to celebrate April. By Emily Reeves, intern Coast: Save the Frogs April 30 — Saturday — is International Save the Frogs Day; Cliffs of The Neuse State Park near Goldsboro promises a hopping good celebration in…

Your Weekend: Stalk a plant, learn the burn, eye the sky

It’s a good weekend to stalk carnivorous plants in a coastal forest, to learn what we’re doing — and what more we can do — to save our animal friends, or, cloud cover permitting, to check out the night sky. Coast: Carnivorous Plant Hike Carolina Beach State Park offers its Carnivorous Plant Hike frequently, but when are you going to find a better weekend to finally take it? Forecast: High…

Your Weekend: Learn your snakes, spot eagles, whitewater

You have no excuse not to learn about snakes the next couple of months, thanks to Lake Waccamaw State Park. Meanwhile, on Sunday morning there’s a good chance to spot eagles at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, for enthusiasts of wicked whitewater, there’s a release this weekend on the Cheoah River. Coast: The Snakes of North Carolina Lake Waccamaw State Park hosts this series daily through June 18. Learn about…

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…