Outdoor activities – H Outdoor http://h-outdoor.com/ Tue, 30 Nov 2021 11:13:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://h-outdoor.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-27-120x120.png Outdoor activities – H Outdoor http://h-outdoor.com/ 32 32 New Rep Bethan is happy to promote outdoor activities https://h-outdoor.com/new-rep-bethan-is-happy-to-promote-outdoor-activities/ Tue, 30 Nov 2021 09:06:44 +0000 https://h-outdoor.com/new-rep-bethan-is-happy-to-promote-outdoor-activities/ New Mid Wales Development Officer for ENRaW, Bethan Logan A charity that helps people enjoy outdoor activities with the aim of improving their health and well-being throughout their lives has expanded from its base in Capel Curig to cover the all of Wales, including the Powys. The Outdoor Partnership has appointed four new Outdoor Development […]]]>

A charity that helps people enjoy outdoor activities with the aim of improving their health and well-being throughout their lives has expanded from its base in Capel Curig to cover the all of Wales, including the Powys.

The Outdoor Partnership has appointed four new Outdoor Development Officers to cover central and south Wales with financial support from the Welsh Government’s Enabling Natural Resources and Well-being (ENRaW) program.

ENRaW supports the development and implementation of projects that establish clear links between improving the resilience of natural resources and well-being.

Funding is provided by the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Program 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

Founded in North Wales for over 15 years, The Outdoor Partnership expanded to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Cumbria in 2020

The association’s new development officers are Sioned Thomas for the Swansea Bay area, Brett Mahoney for Gwent, Leila Connolly for central South Wales and Bethan Logan for central Wales, which includes Powys and Ceredigion.

They hope that the success of Welsh and British competitors at this summer’s Olympics in Japan will inspire more people across Wales to get involved in sports and outdoor activities.

They will support new and existing outdoor activity clubs to engage more people in activities ranging from sailing to rock climbing and walking.

The association’s projects develop confidence, skills and teamwork to provide stepping stones to new opportunities and a healthier life. Through volunteering, education, participation, training and employment, he says there is a place for everyone to change for good.

Over the past 15 years, his projects have provided over 100,000 opportunities for outdoor health and wellness activities, trained over 4,000 volunteers, helped over 500 unemployed return to work, created more of 80 community outdoor clubs and groups with 7,000 plus participating members and provided lasting opportunities to over 1,000 people with disabilities.

The Outdoor Partnership’s mission is to improve the opportunities for more people in Wales to realize their potential through outdoor activities.

Happy to develop and expand The Outdoor Partnership in Central and South Wales, Managing Director Tracey Evans said: “We are helping people improve their lives by participating in outdoor activities in North Wales. Wales for over 15 years and last year Northern Ireland, Ayrshire and Cumbria.

“It’s fantastic to now develop services across Wales. Many thanks to the Welsh Government’s Enabling Natural Resources and Well-being (ENRaW) program for providing the necessary financial support to make this happen.

Central Wales representative Bethan says she is delighted to join The Outdoor Partnership and plans to promote more opportunities for people in central Wales to get involved in outdoor activities.

“I hope everyone was glued to their TV screens during the Olympics, inspired by local athletes like Hannah Mills who showed us what you can accomplish,” she said.

“I loved watching sport climbing at the Olympics for the first time, in a pretty exciting format. Who knows, maybe the next Shauna Coxsey will come to this side of the border.

“The GB team didn’t win gold in climbing, no one can touch Slovenian Janja Garnbret, but we couldn’t ask for a better role model for women and men in climbing. “


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8 outdoor activities the whole family will love at Unicoi State Park & ​​Lodge https://h-outdoor.com/8-outdoor-activities-the-whole-family-will-love-at-unicoi-state-park-%e2%80%8b%e2%80%8blodge/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:43:47 +0000 https://h-outdoor.com/8-outdoor-activities-the-whole-family-will-love-at-unicoi-state-park-%e2%80%8b%e2%80%8blodge/ The 1,050-acre Unicoi State Park & ​​Lodge is located in Helen, Georgia, a Bavarian-influenced town best known for the stunning Anna Ruby Falls and celebrations of German culture throughout. year round. Unicoi is an adventure lodge, which means it has plenty of outdoor offerings in the Appalachian foothills. You do not have being an outdoor […]]]>

The 1,050-acre Unicoi State Park & ​​Lodge is located in Helen, Georgia, a Bavarian-influenced town best known for the stunning Anna Ruby Falls and celebrations of German culture throughout. year round. Unicoi is an adventure lodge, which means it has plenty of outdoor offerings in the Appalachian foothills.

You do not have being an outdoor enthusiast to stay there, and in fact my husband and I had a great time at the lodge itself, dining on the property and taking in the scenery. However, this family-friendly address in Northeast Georgia is one that outdoor enthusiasts won’t want to miss at any time of the year.

Pro tip: October is the busiest month for the park, as that’s when visitors flock to view the leaves.

Note: I was hosted by Unicoi State Park and Lodge. As always, opinions and reviews are 100% mine.

Melody Pittman

1. Hiking

Hiking is a big draw all over the North Georgia Mountains, and Unicoi State Park & ​​Lodge has several designated trails, all located in the Chattahoochee National Forest. You will want to follow the signs and be sure to stay on the path.

I found the Frog Pond Nature Trail to be a good, quick hike (only a third of a mile) that provided a lot of scenery and a good workout in a short amount of time. Keep your eyes peeled for possums, squirrels and chipmunks. Bottoms Loop Trail was another trail we enjoyed, with some fallen trees that added more beauty to our photos and the scenery on the ground. This trail makes a 2 mile loop and is rated as a moderate hike.

Maybe you would like to enjoy a guided nature hike. How much fun does that sound? For this activity, a park naturalist will take you on one of the trails and introduce you to the flora and fauna of the Unicoi property. Any age will appreciate and appreciate this one to two hour nature excursion. Tours start around $ 10.

Pro tip: This is quintessential bear country, so keep an eye out and don’t wander or travel alone. That being said, the scenery is fantastic and the terrain exhilarating, so don’t let me scare you with the bear information.

Anna Ruby Falls at Unicoi State Park
Anna Ruby Falls (Photo credit: Melody Pittman)

2. See the waterfall

The mother of all waterfalls in the Helen area can be found here at Unicoi State Park & ​​Lodge: Anna Ruby Falls. The falls (named after the daughter of a Civil War general) are operated by the US Forest Service. Therefore, a separate entry fee of $ 5 per person (aged 16 and over) is required at the door.

After parking your car, you will follow a well marked path for 0.4 mile to reach the top of the waterfall. Although the hike is short, it is quite strenuous in places with steep inclines. People of all ages and what seemed to be all skill levels were walking it, but everyone kept an eye on the prize and went at their own pace to reach the waterfall platform. There were a few benches along the way to rest, which I must have used at some point.

Once you get to Anna Ruby Falls, there are two viewing platforms for the best views and photo ops. The lower one is great for groups and selfies, and the upper one lets you feel the haze of choppy water. You are so close to this magnificent display of cascading Twin Falls.

Pro tip: Don’t miss the gift shop, which has an excellent selection of t-shirts, postcards, stickers and souvenirs.

Author practicing archery at Unicoi State Park
The archery author (Photo credit: Melody Pittman)

3. Archery

I did something brand new at Unicoi State Park & ​​Lodge. My husband and I had an archery lesson, along with two other couples. Didn’t know what to expect, but our guide was informative, easy to understand, and got us all shooting at targets in just a few minutes. Safety is vital in this sport, so be sure to listen to the instructor on loading your arrows and archery.

We all fired three rounds of arrows. When she called out “cold range” we all knew it was safe to collect the arrows we had fired. We started shooting at fairly close targets, but they still weren’t easy for us newbies to hit. After about 45 minutes of that, we headed to the 3-D lineup, which replaces targets with fake animals. The bear, armadillo, coyote and a few others provided a place for us to attempt to shoot our arrows. There is also a tower from which you can shoot. I didn’t touch any of the animals (my husband did), but we had fun. The lesson and activity lasted approximately 90 minutes.

Target shooting at the air firing range is another fun offering in this part of the park. A covered booth is where you will try your luck on paper targets. All three areas of the Air Shooting Range and Archery Range are considered ADA accessible.

Zipline platform at Unicoi State Park
Zipline platform (Photo credit: Melody Pittman)

4. The zip line

Like most state parks in Georgia, the zipline course is popular and enjoyable. In the company of a game warden, guests have the chance to participate in 19 aerial ziplines ranging from 75 to 2,000 feet in length. You’ll hover 100 feet above the ground and get epic views of Lake Unicoi and the area’s wildlife.

You can choose two levels for your zipline adventure. Level 1 has a series of 11 zip lines and seven suspension bridges, while level 2 has 19 zip lines and 12 bridges. One of the ziplines is 800 meters across Lake Unicoi. It looks awesome! Heard from Unicoi Lodge guests who have done level 2 and loved every minute of it. As for me, I kept my feet firmly on the ground, even though I have already ziplined.

Smith Creek at Unicoi State Park
Smith Creek (Photo credit: Melody Pittman)

5. Kayaking and boating

Unicoi Lake on Smith Creek (a tributary of the Chattahoochee River) is a 53-acre attraction that’s one of the most beautiful sights you’ll ever see, especially in the fall when the colorful leaves are reflected on the water. So breathtaking that almost anyone who passes by stops for a photo or just to admire the sheer beauty. Smith Creek is a great place to go out by canoe, paddleboard, or kayak, all of which can be hired at the Visitor Center.

There is a charge for renting a canoe or kayak. Dogs are welcome but must have a life jacket, which Unicoi does not provide.

Boating is also a popular activity on Unicoi Lake. During the warmer months, you can hire boats on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Another desired outdoor offer is trout fishing.

If you have the time and the inclination, schedule a mountain fly fishing class to learn the parts of the fly fishing rod, how to cast your line, and tips for catching the big one (like reading the water). , for example). Remember to schedule your lessons 24 hours in advance.

6. Relax on the beach

Yes, Unicoi State Park & ​​Lodge has a beach. You are probably as surprised as we are. There is a demarcated area for swimming (although the water is no more than 4 feet deep) and a sandy beach for building sandcastles or just relaxing and enjoying the views. Paddle surfers and kayakers also use this part of the lake. You can rent your outdoor gear at the boathouse during the season.

Path to Anna Ruby Falls at Unicoi State Park
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7. MTB

Unicoi State Park & ​​Lodge features a 7.5 mile mountain bike loop that is perfect for experienced cyclists. The mountainous terrain has specially designed trails through forests, fields, woods and many scenic viewpoints. The trail is 8-shaped so you can walk it all or only halfway. You will need your own equipment for this activity. Watch for the white flame marks that mark the trail.

8. Tomahawk throw

Join one of the activity attendants in this trendy and fun deal to improve your tomahawk throwing skills. You will spend an hour on the outdoor shooting range and learn the correct technique for throwing the tomahawk at wooden targets. Equipment is provided and closed shoes are required for this activity.

Pro tip: If you want to capture some of your outdoor adventures with a GoPro, you can rent one from Unicoi Adventures on the third floor of Unicoi Lodge. GoPro cameras are easy to use and you can capture your unique experiences in stunning 1080P high definition. Memory cards are sold separately.

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Plan your next adventure: tips and ideas for winter outdoor activities https://h-outdoor.com/plan-your-next-adventure-tips-and-ideas-for-winter-outdoor-activities/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 16:14:25 +0000 https://h-outdoor.com/plan-your-next-adventure-tips-and-ideas-for-winter-outdoor-activities/ Colorado is known for its beautiful scenery. The first snowflakes of winter are coming soon, marking the start of an adventurous outdoor season. We’ve compiled a list of activities to help you prepare and plan. Rent equipment on campus Winter adventures are anything but ordinary and require a few extra precautions. The Student Wellness Center […]]]>

Colorado is known for its beautiful scenery. The first snowflakes of winter are coming soon, marking the start of an adventurous outdoor season. We’ve compiled a list of activities to help you prepare and plan.

Rent equipment on campus

Winter adventures are anything but ordinary and require a few extra precautions. The Student Wellness Center is home to the Adventure Rental Center, where CU Denver students, faculty / staff, and community members can rent outdoor equipment for any adventure.

Rental equipment includes tents, camping chairs, protective cushions, pans, jackets, sleeping bags, etc. Rental periods are one to two days, three to four days or five to eight days. Learn more about the prices here.


Prepare for winter

The weather is getting colder quickly and the snow will hopefully be plentiful in the mountains soon. This does not mean that the adventures have to stop. It’s time to stack the layers. Below are some tips from students on how to be extra careful for winter adventures, be it skiing, snowshoeing, fishing, or any other activity.

  1. Prevention is the key. Be sure to check the weather and temperatures before you go.
  2. When you venture outside, prioritize function over fashion.
  3. Always try to bring someone with you, especially if you are a beginner. If this is a solo trip, make sure someone is always aware of your location.

Choose your own adventure – Events organized by the Student Wellness Center

Exploring the Fall Vacation: Looking to get out during the fall break? Explore the beautiful mountains, rivers and trails of Colorado. This trip is a series of day trips. Activities include rock climbing, hiking and snowshoeing and will end with a group picnic. When: November 20-22.

Snowshoe hike: Colorado’s trails are quite a spectacle in the snow. If you are new to snowshoeing, the guides will help you from start to finish. When: December 4, 8 a.m.


Recommended ski areas for “students”

Breckenridge receives some of the best snows in Colorado and generally ranks as the most visited ski resort in the United States. *Pass prices increase on November 21.

Silverton home to Colorado’s steepest and tallest mountain. It is a perfect place for experienced skiers to get an adrenaline rush.

Wolf creek is located in Pagosa Springs. It’s another budget mountain with nine lifts and some of Colorado’s deepest snows.

Telluride welcomes skiers of all ages and experiences. Its terrain poses friendly and difficult challenges for every ability. With its trails, ski lifts and acres, it is also home to a lively ski town accessible by cable car from the mountain.


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Outdoor charity expands in Wales https://h-outdoor.com/outdoor-charity-expands-in-wales/ Wed, 17 Nov 2021 22:11:06 +0000 https://h-outdoor.com/outdoor-charity-expands-in-wales/ A charity that helps people engage in outdoor activities with the aim of improving their lifelong health and well-being has expanded from its base in Capel Curig to cover the all of Wales. The Outdoor Partnership has appointed four new Outdoor Development Officers to cover central and south Wales with financial support from the Welsh […]]]>

A charity that helps people engage in outdoor activities with the aim of improving their lifelong health and well-being has expanded from its base in Capel Curig to cover the all of Wales.

The Outdoor Partnership has appointed four new Outdoor Development Officers to cover central and south Wales with financial support from the Welsh Government’s Enabling Natural Resources and Well-being (ENRaW) program.

ENRaW supports the development and implementation of projects that establish clear links between improving the resilience of our natural resources and well-being.

Funding is provided by the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Program 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

Founded in North Wales for over 15 years, The Outdoor Partnership expanded to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Cumbria in 2020

The association’s new development officers are Sioned Thomas for the Swansea Bay area, Brett Mahoney for Gwent, Bethan Logan for central Wales (Powys and Ceredigion) and Leila Connolly for central South Wales .

They hope that the success of Welsh and British competitors at this summer’s Olympics in Japan will inspire more people across Wales to get involved in sports and outdoor activities.

They will support new and existing outdoor activity clubs to engage more people in activities ranging from sailing to rock climbing and walking.

The association’s projects develop confidence, skills and teamwork to provide stepping stones to new opportunities and a healthier life. Through volunteering, education, participation, training and employment, he says there is a place for everyone to change for good.

Over the past 15 years, his projects have provided over 100,000 opportunities for outdoor health and wellness activities, trained over 4,000 volunteers, helped over 500 unemployed return to work, created more of 80 community outdoor clubs and groups with 7,000 plus participating members and provided lasting opportunities to over 1,000 people with disabilities.

The Outdoor Partnership’s mission is to improve opportunities for more people in Wales to realize their potential through outdoor activities.

Happy to develop and expand The Outdoor Partnership in Central and South Wales, Managing Director Tracey Evans said: “We are helping people improve their lives by participating in outdoor activities in North Wales. Wales for over 15 years and last year Northern Ireland, Ayrshire and Cumbria.

“It’s fantastic to now develop services across Wales. Many thanks to the Welsh Government’s Enabling Natural Resources and Well-being (ENRaW) program for providing the necessary financial support to make this happen.

Excited by her new role in the Swansea Bay area, Sioned said: After more than a year of blockages, lack of sporting events and competitions, I think watching the Olympics has brought everyone together and has again aroused enthusiasm for the sport.

“I especially enjoyed watching new sports like rock climbing, surfing and skateboarding and I hope this inspires a whole generation to start a new activity.”

Brett said, “I look forward to staying and working with local vendors, clubs and community groups to improve outdoor activity opportunities for Gwent residents.

“I hope that the introduction of sport climbing to the Olympics will inspire and encourage more local people to take up rock climbing and access the great outdoors. The health and wellness benefits are enormous.

Bethan says she is thrilled to join The Outdoor Partnership and plans to promote more opportunities for people in central Wales to get involved in outdoor activities.

“I hope everyone was glued to their TV screens during the Olympics, inspired by local athletes like Hannah Mills who showed us what you can accomplish,” she said.

“I loved watching sport climbing at the Olympics for the first time, in a pretty exciting format. Who knows, maybe the next Shauna Coxsey will come to this side of the border.

“The GB team didn’t win gold in climbing, no one can touch Slovenian Janja Garnbret, but we couldn’t ask for a better role model for women and men in climbing. “

Leila says she is grateful for the opportunity to work with The Outdoor Partnership to develop sports, clubs and outdoor activities in Wales.

“With the number of Welsh participants in this year’s Olympics, I think the inspiration is huge,” she added. “We can see Welsh athletes like Hannah Mills really scoring gold.

“I believe this Olympic success will continue to motivate the Welsh in sport and, most importantly, improve access to have fun, explore and protect our famous green and coastal outdoor spaces.

“Hannah Mills started at the Cardiff Sailing Club when she was only eight years old. It’s wonderful to be part of an organization that works hard to open the doors to the outdoors for everyone because everyone needs the first door to open, just like Hannah Mills.


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Fun outdoor activities to enjoy during the holiday chaos | Way of life https://h-outdoor.com/fun-outdoor-activities-to-enjoy-during-the-holiday-chaos-way-of-life/ Wed, 17 Nov 2021 08:30:00 +0000 https://h-outdoor.com/fun-outdoor-activities-to-enjoy-during-the-holiday-chaos-way-of-life/ Chaos ensues for students as the end of the fall semester nears, and workers are looking for a way to make some extra cash ahead of the expensive vacation season. With all the chaos that the fall season brings, it’s important to find enjoyable activities that will give you a mental break from this stressful […]]]>

Chaos ensues for students as the end of the fall semester nears, and workers are looking for a way to make some extra cash ahead of the expensive vacation season. With all the chaos that the fall season brings, it’s important to find enjoyable activities that will give you a mental break from this stressful time of year.






With the fall season comes cool weather suitable for outdoor activities like hiking. (James Joslyn / Daily Titan)




Trek

Fall is one of the best seasons to enjoy a hike for many reasons.

As summer passes, fall brings more tolerable weather for outdoor activities. While you will always have your fair share of warm days in Orange County during the fall, there are also many days when temperatures are in the 60s and 70s. This weather is ideal for hiking as you don’t. will not be drowned in sweat and will not suffer from heat exhaustion. The fall weather makes the hike much more enjoyable.

This season also brings some of nature’s most picturesque views and colors. The trees turn into beautiful shades of oranges, reds, yellows and browns. Hiking is less about getting to your destination than what you see along the way. The warm fall colors will make you want to slow down and enjoy it all.

Fall picnic

For many of the same reasons fall is perfect for hiking, fall is also a great time to enjoy a good picnic. If long walks aren’t your thing, picnicking gives you the perfect opportunity to get out and experience nature without strenuous activity. Grab lunch and take it outside to enjoy this season’s quaint and crisp vibe.

Turkey trot

The 44th annual Dana Point Turkey Trot will take place early on Thanksgiving morning on November 25. Participants can run or walk a 5K, 10K, or 15K combo at Dana Point Harbor to burn calories before their hearty Thanksgiving meal. Children can also participate in a one-mile race.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three in the 10 km race. All participants will receive a medal, a T-shirt and a gift bag. The event will also include a costume contest with a prize awarded to the winner. The Turkey Trot will follow COVID-19 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dodgers Holiday Festival

The outer field of Dodger Stadium will be transformed into an ice rink this holiday season for the Dodgers Holiday Festival.

The festival will have tons of things to do for the whole family, including live musical performances, interactive light shows, light tunnels, the immersive Northern Lights experience, photos with Santa Claus, open bars and dealerships, bouncy houses and more.

While not a fall-themed event, guests can attend this event in late fall, from November 26 to December 31. The rink will host several 30-minute sessions each day, but after skating, guests are free to enjoy the festival activities.

Tickets must be purchased online in advance at www.dodgers.com/holidayfestival.

Football tailgate

The football season, which is America’s most watched sport, kicks off in the fall.

Go to a college or NFL game with your friends and family, and arrive a few hours before the game starts to enjoy a tailgate. Tailgates looks like a big community party because everyone shares the same interest.

However, even people who are not football fans can have a great time on a pre-game night, as participants can enjoy delicious food and drinks while spending time with their loved ones. Hatchbacks are also fun for children, as they can run around and play games with all the other children.

The end of the year celebrations are the perfect time to have fun and forget about everyday stress. Enjoy the loud music and grill with your friends, family and passionate fans all around.


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Warming winters threaten traditional Maine outdoor activities https://h-outdoor.com/warming-winters-threaten-traditional-maine-outdoor-activities/ Tue, 09 Nov 2021 06:00:00 +0000 https://h-outdoor.com/warming-winters-threaten-traditional-maine-outdoor-activities/ Maine without ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and dog sledding hardly seems like the state we know it – but it may be a reality that outdoor enthusiasts are facing warmer winters. With conditions compromised, outdoor enthusiasts are trying to make the most of their favorite winter sports, but it is becoming increasingly difficult […]]]>

Maine without ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and dog sledding hardly seems like the state we know it – but it may be a reality that outdoor enthusiasts are facing warmer winters.

With conditions compromised, outdoor enthusiasts are trying to make the most of their favorite winter sports, but it is becoming increasingly difficult for some activities to persist.

According to the 2020 Maine’s Climate Future report released by the University of Maine, winter is the state’s fastest warming season, which means more precipitation falls as rain instead of snow. Statewide average annual snowfall is estimated to have declined by about 17 percent over the past century.


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Shadow: Don’t let the cooler weather get in the way of your outdoor activities | Sports https://h-outdoor.com/shadow-dont-let-the-cooler-weather-get-in-the-way-of-your-outdoor-activities-sports/ https://h-outdoor.com/shadow-dont-let-the-cooler-weather-get-in-the-way-of-your-outdoor-activities-sports/#respond Fri, 05 Nov 2021 05:29:31 +0000 https://h-outdoor.com/shadow-dont-let-the-cooler-weather-get-in-the-way-of-your-outdoor-activities-sports/ The forecast is for a temperature drop of about 28 degrees to minimum in the next few days, but let’s not panic and go into hibernation. Of course, there will likely be freezing early in the morning, but temperatures will rise by midday, leaving plenty of time for fun and outdoor experiences. One of the […]]]>

The forecast is for a temperature drop of about 28 degrees to minimum in the next few days, but let’s not panic and go into hibernation.

Of course, there will likely be freezing early in the morning, but temperatures will rise by midday, leaving plenty of time for fun and outdoor experiences.

One of the advantages at this time of year and at these temperatures is the absence of insects, bees and mosquitoes. In addition, the frost will make great changes in the colors of trees and other flora. Autumn is a time of great color and regeneration so we can look forward to the arrival of spring.

I think the hummingbirds must be far south now and I haven’t seen bees plundering their feeders for a while now. However, there is still plenty of wildlife to enjoy as well as the changing colors of the vegetation. Birds always eat the seeds of Milo plants near Rosalie’s bird feeders as well as considerable amounts of bird food. She’s hoping the very pretty flowers that were spontaneous shoots near the back porch will reseed and come back. They are so pretty.

I have noticed changes in the coat of our horses recently. It’s amazing how they go from sleek, shiny coats to new fuzzy hair growth and then to their longer winter coats. I don’t have a dog currently so I’m not sure but I bet they have more fur as well. It’s not just the cooler weather, but the shorter hours of sunshine that triggers this process, I think.

It’s probably time to roll up the outdoor garden hoses and dump things like lawn rollers etc. Be sure to disconnect the hoses from the outdoor fire hydrants or they could burst the “freeze resistant” fire hydrant. This is because the hose can prevent the hydrant from discharging water at the end of the duty cycle if the hose is still connected. Remember to check for antifreeze in tractors, lawn equipment and vehicles soon.

Obviously the archery season is in full swing and several beautiful deer have been reported. They are nice to look at from the point of view of large racks, but also have a pleasant taste. The cooler weather makes it easier to care for your harvested animal, but there’s still a need to cool it down quickly and get it to a cooler or processor quickly. The “rut,” or mating season, is coming soon, and these activities bring more money to where it is most visible. It also causes more deer activity on the roads, so be on the lookout.

Also, don’t put your fishing rods away just because it’s a little cooler. Wait a bit later in the day and it’s quite pleasant, especially on days when the sun is shining and the temperatures are bearable. Some of the best crappie and sea bass traps I caught were in late October and early November. If the water is not “hard”, the fish will be catchable. It is the fishermen who oppose the cold, not the fish.

Be sure to take the time to observe the pelicans on Mattoon Lake as they forage for their meal. These creatures are incredible to watch for both their majestic stature and their foraging abilities.

We addicted equines must continue to do maintenance and training exercises for our horses. Stall maintenance tasks as well as exercise and training drills are easy to postpone when the weather is cool. Much depends on the horse’s training level, but some of the younger ones or those who are not yet at a stable stage of their training will lose a lot quickly. Consistency is the secret to success in these activities, as is the case with most other activities in life.

Dave Shadow is a National Fishing Champion and Outdoor Columnist. Contact him at davidsha@consolidated.net


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Get outside and stay with these extended outdoor activities https://h-outdoor.com/get-outside-and-stay-with-these-extended-outdoor-activities/ https://h-outdoor.com/get-outside-and-stay-with-these-extended-outdoor-activities/#respond Mon, 01 Nov 2021 08:00:27 +0000 https://h-outdoor.com/get-outside-and-stay-with-these-extended-outdoor-activities/ Does summer last longer during a pandemic? That seems to be the case, considering all the summer activities and entertainment available in November and beyond this year. For the second year in a row, restaurants and brasseries in Maine continue to offer alfresco dining during the colder months. An army of food trucks from the […]]]>

Does summer last longer during a pandemic?

That seems to be the case, considering all the summer activities and entertainment available in November and beyond this year. For the second year in a row, restaurants and brasseries in Maine continue to offer alfresco dining during the colder months. An army of food trucks from the region is still in culinary service. Many drive-ins keep their screens on at least until Thanksgiving. Even a few outdoor farmers’ markets still operate in November, before moving to indoor winter quarters in December.

This November is a good time to go out and stay outside. Even though the weather isn’t as hot as July, you can pretend it’s still summer while sipping a beer, munching on a burger, or watching an outdoor movie. Here is a sample of some of the summer activities that are still happening today.

AUTUMN FRESCO

Like last year, many restaurants and bars in southern Maine are planning to offer outdoor seating during the winter months. In Portland, these include a range of venue and cuisine styles, including the Bayside Bowl in Portland with its rooftop terrace, The Honey Paw and Eventide on Middle Street, and Chaval on Pine Street, with its heated greenhouses. The upper and lower decks of Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room on the Portland waterfront will be open for seating, with heaters, at least until the end of December. Via Vecchia, which added an outdoor terrace after the city closed Dana Street to traffic, plans to offer outdoor seating probably until the end of December. Outside of Portland, Foreside Tavern in Falmouth has an expansive patio, some of which is covered, which will be open year round. The Foreside Tavern and Via Vecchia both have heaters.

Many local brewery tasting rooms will continue to offer cold air cold beers. Rising Tide on Fox Street in Portland has special fire pit tables – with a heating element below and a fire on top – and will be open for outdoor seating all winter. The brewery will have set up a tent until Thanksgiving. York Beach Beer Co. in York plans to place people outside during the winter, with fire pits available and food trucks on weekends. Blaze Brewing in Biddeford plans to keep its patio open until November for food and drink, with fire pits, but may close it on days when the weather isn’t ideal. To find breweries in your area, visit the Maine Brewers’ Guild website at mainebrewersguild.org.

Vy Banh Mi is one of the Portland food trucks still in operation in November of this year. Shawn Patrick Ouellette / Personal photographer

LIFE GOES ON’

It shouldn’t be hard to find one of your favorite food trucks in Southern Maine, even if the weather is getting colder. The best way to keep track of your favorite food truck is to check the weekly schedules on their Facebook or Instagram pages.

The Mutha Trucka, known for its very creative grilled sandwiches, will be operating in Portland until the end of December. Most weeks you can find the truck at Austin Street Brewery on Fox Street on Wednesdays, on the Western Promenade on Thursdays, and at Foundation Brewing on Industrial Way on Fridays and Saturdays. The owners of the Vy Banh Mi truck, known for its Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches, plan to stay open until the end of November, parking on the eastern promenade and at local breweries and restaurants.

If you want to browse local food trucks and see what’s up with them in any given week, check out the Maine Food Trucks Instagram page. It contains the current schedules of many trucks and lists the fairs and breweries where the food trucks will be located, in addition to providing information on the new food trucks.

Pride’s Corner Drive-In in Westbrook is open until November of this year. Ben McCanna / Personal Photographer

LOADS OF PLEASURE

That classic summer entertainment – the film behind the wheel – is alive and well in Maine this month. There are at least three drive-ins in Maine that plan to stay open in November of this year, and at least one will still screen films in December.

The Prides Corner Drive-in on Route 302 in Westbrook tentatively plans to be open until November, weather permitting. There is a triple feature airing Friday through Sunday, with “Tom & Jerry: The Movie”, the recently released version of “Dune” and “I Am Legend”. There is another triple bill from November 12 to 14 with the classic 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz”, “Jason and the Argonauts” and “King Kong vs. Godzilla”. The good thing about showing movies outdoors in November is that it gets dark much earlier, so you have time to see three movies and still be home at a reasonable time. For more information, visit the Prides Corner Drive-In Facebook page.

The Bridgton Twin Drive-In will close for the season after this weekend, with holiday-themed screenings of “Elf” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” Friday and Saturday. The Narrow Gauge Cinema Drive-In in Farmington is scheduled to open in December and will begin showing the new Marvel Studios action film “Eternals” this Friday and will continue to show it for two weekends after that. For more information, visit the Bridgton Twin Drive-In and Narrow Gauge Cinema pages on Facebook.

BUT WAIT, THERE IS MORE

Drive-ins aren’t the only place to see a movie outdoors. The outdoor Moonlight Cinema film series at Thompson’s Point – an entertainment and retail complex on the Fore River in Portland – takes place in the beer garden, and a full bar and other refreshments are available. Tickets cost $ 8 for the movie, but for an additional $ 20, you and your group get your own fire pit, although you do have to bring folding camp chairs. The series will feature two films during Thanksgiving week: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” on November 23 and “Home Alone” on November 24. For more information, visit the Thompson’s Point Facebook page.

The Moonlight Cinema series at Thompson’s Point continues in November with “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” on November 23 and “Home Alone” on November 24.

ON THE MARKET FOR …

Many farmers’ markets in Maine remain open year round, but most have now moved to a covered winter market. But if you want to continue shopping for your farm-fresh produce in the fresh air this month, there are at least a few places you can.

The Portland Farmers Market at Deering Oaks Park will be outdoors until November 24. The market takes place every Saturday and Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and you can see some of the farmers involved by going to the market’s website. The Brunswick Farmers Market is also open this month, until November 23. It takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays at The Mall in downtown Brunswick. This marketplace also lists vendors on its website.

To find farmers ‘markets near you, including covered winter ones, visit the Federation of Maine Farmers’ Markets website at mainefarmersmarkets.org.


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Outdoor activities abound in central Kentucky https://h-outdoor.com/outdoor-activities-abound-in-central-kentucky/ https://h-outdoor.com/outdoor-activities-abound-in-central-kentucky/#respond Fri, 29 Oct 2021 18:53:06 +0000 https://h-outdoor.com/outdoor-activities-abound-in-central-kentucky/ By Russ Brown A popular annual event in Lexington is the 10,000 Bluegrass and Fun Run. The 2021 race featured both in-person and virtual races. photo LFUCG (KY. CENTRAL MARKET REVIEW) – After a year of cancellations and adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sports and recreation in central Kentucky in 2021 are now back […]]]>

By Russ Brown

A popular annual event in Lexington is the 10,000 Bluegrass and Fun Run. The 2021 race featured both in-person and virtual races. photo LFUCG

(KY. CENTRAL MARKET REVIEW) – After a year of cancellations and adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sports and recreation in central Kentucky in 2021 are now back to “semi-normal,” which means once again more than there are no shortage of opportunities for the passionate interior and exterior of the region.

An exciting announcement for sports fans came in October, when the United Soccer League announced it was adding Lexington Professional Soccer as an expansion club to USL League One. The game is scheduled to begin in the 2023 season. The club’s inaugural season will kick off at a local college facility, but Lexington Pro Soccer is hoping to build a stadium downtown.

The majority owner of the team is Tower Hill Sports, founded by Bill Shively.

“Since the inception of League One, Lexington has been a place we have wanted to be because of its famous sporting history and growing appetite for football,” said USL President Jake Edwards.

Lexington Pro Soccer plans to respond to a request for proposals for the High Street development project, with the intention of building a state-of-the-art football-specific stadium on the site. The place could host festivals, concerts and other events.

The return of events in person

The annual Bluegrass State Games were first canceled in 2020, but returned in 2021. Kyle Childers, marketing director for the Lexington-based Bluegrass Sports Commission, called the event “huge. success”.

Normally, the Games would attract 15,000 participants in more than 30 sports, with an estimated economic impact of $ 6 million. This year, the most important events were high school soccer (170 teams) and high school volleyball (110 teams). Pickleball has grown the fastest, growing from 115 participants in 2019 to 310 in 2021.

“While we didn’t have enough time to kick off the typical 30-40 sports for July, the sports we hosted saw participation at or above the 2019 level,” Childers said.

A Midsummer Night’s Run had over 2,300 competitors in the 5K, which represented about 75% of 2019 participants, and 150 kids competed in the fastest races in town.

“While things haven’t completely returned to normal, there is definitely an appetite to return to competitions in person,” Childers said. “I hope things improve for the summer of 2022 so that we can organize a full program of events.”

The Bluegrass State Games are a privately sponsored non-profit program to promote amateur athletics across the Commonwealth. It is the flagship event of the Bluegrass Sports Commission, designed to provide Kentuckians of all ages and abilities a pathway for positive development through sport and physical activity, to promote and develop the amateur athletics and to provide amateur athletes with the opportunity to show their talent. and receive statewide recognition.

The commission released an economic impact study this summer that showed that a 130-acre youth sports complex could generate up to $ 24 million in revenue per year for Fayette County. The commission said it was continuing a fundraising campaign to build the $ 25 million resort, which would host baseball, softball, soccer and other youth sports tournaments. The commission has embarked on a seven-figure private fundraising campaign to pay part of the cost of the project and will seek $ 18 million from the city of Lexington.

Meanwhile, another project that will have a significant impact on recreation in the Lexington area is the ongoing construction of Town Branch Commons, a public-private park and trail system that trace historic Town Branch Creek across the downtown Lexington.

Construction is complete on Newtown Pike and continues on Vine Street and Midland Avenue. When completed at the end of 2022, dedicated bike and walking trails in the downtown core will connect to the Legacy Trail and Town Branch Trail. This will create a 5.5 mile loop on the north side of downtown, providing access to the county’s growing trail system.

A new playground at Charles Young Park features Lexington’s first turf slide and a rotating globe climber. Today it is one of the largest playgrounds in the city.

Fundraising is nearing completion for Town Branch Park, the signature park of the Town Branch Commons project, which will transform over 9 acres of parking in the Manchester Street car park behind Rupp Arena into an inclusive, vibrant and fun green space.
Town Branch was Lexington’s first water source. The system will include continuous cycling and walking paths and a green strip through the city center, connect new and existing parks and improve water quality. The trail is funded by a wide range of federal and state grants that leverage locally raised dollars.

Mayor Linda Gorton said the city is working to reopen the Legacy Trail, Lexington’s longest and most popular mixed-use trail, as soon as possible.

Construction at the entrance and exit to Amazon’s new last mile delivery station at 1180 Newtown Pike closed a section of the trail in mid-July. Then utilities closed the trail to complete their connections to the new facility and in anticipation of future work on Newtown Pike.
“We recognize that it is embarrassing. Trails, like roads, are affected by construction and infrastructure maintenance that takes place near or under them, ”said Nancy Albright, Environmental Quality and Public Works Commissioner.

To ensure the safety of cyclists, a section of the trail is moved to where it crosses the Amazon property. The new segment will be further from the road. A culvert is being installed so that trail users can pass under one of Amazon’s new walkways to protect cyclists and pedestrians from Amazon traffic. The developer of the Amazon facility is funding the track work on its campus.

The trail will be closed again this winter to allow the City’s Water Quality Division to complete the sewer work.

In another development, the city received a grant to help build Splash !, a permanent water feature, at Charles Young Park. A Building Better Communities grant of $ 250,000 was awarded to Lexington by the American Water Charitable Foundation.

Lexington Parks and Recreation celebrated the return of the city’s favorite traditions after pandemic cancellations and also added new programs, said Amber Luallen, superintendent of arts and cultural events.

Most programs resumed in March, staying at reduced capacity with registration, social distancing and mask requirements until those restrictions are lifted in June. Back over the summer, Ballet Under the Stars and Woodland Art Fair. Additionally, there were new learning opportunities at Artworks at the Carver School, and horseback riding and fitness classes are also making a comeback in therapeutic recreation programs.

In natural areas, community centers and camps at McConnell Springs and Raven Run have extended their hours of operation. Lexington also hosted the fourth annual Nature Hop this fall, a series of events focused on connecting people with green spaces across Fayette County.

Raven Run is a unique 734-acre sanctuary located just outside of Lexington. The park borders the Kentucky River and is a great place for hiking and wildlife viewing. Seven trails ranging from one-third of a mile to four miles traverse meadows, woods and streams characteristic of the Inner Bluegrass.

McConnell Springs Park is a 26-acre “natural pocket” located in an industrial area that includes two main springs. The National Registered Historic Place was once home to a gunpowder factory, a distillery, and a dairy farm. Another outdoor area near Lexington is Hisle Farm Park, with horseback riding and hiking trails.

The Boone Creek Limestone Gorge ecosystem off I-75 between Lexington and Richmond is a unique area, where Boone Creek Outdoors runs canopy tours over old hardwood trees. Tours consist of six ziplines, three sky bridges, floating stairs, abseil and more.

Central Kentucky is home to an active cycling community. Frankfort’s Capitol View Park has a network of approximately seven miles of mountain bike trails, which were built starting in 1997 by local volunteers. The Bluegrass Cycling Club hosts annual group rides from March through October and also hosts the annual “Horsey Hundred” cycling tour.

All parts of Kentucky are fortunate to have access to many opportunities for outdoor recreation, the crown jewel of which is a large and diverse collection of 45 state parks that offer a wide range of activities such as golf, fishing, camping, swimming, boating, hiking and biking.

Those who prefer to be observers in addition to or instead of active participants also have a lot of choices. They include Keeneland, the Lexington Legends minor league baseball team, and University of Kentucky basketball and football, which have regained their full potential.

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Carlow Nationalist – € 100,000 boost for outdoor activities at Co Carlow https://h-outdoor.com/carlow-nationalist-e-100000-boost-for-outdoor-activities-at-co-carlow/ https://h-outdoor.com/carlow-nationalist-e-100000-boost-for-outdoor-activities-at-co-carlow/#respond Thu, 28 Oct 2021 14:00:41 +0000 https://h-outdoor.com/carlow-nationalist-e-100000-boost-for-outdoor-activities-at-co-carlow/ By Suzanne Pender CO Carlow received € 100,000 in funding this week for five outdoor activity projects. The Tullow Kayaking Club is expected to receive € 20,000 for the installation of a new jetty and a rubber turf mat, which will allow safe access to the river for water sports. At a cost of € […]]]>

By Suzanne Pender

CO Carlow received € 100,000 in funding this week for five outdoor activity projects.

The Tullow Kayaking Club is expected to receive € 20,000 for the installation of a new jetty and a rubber turf mat, which will allow safe access to the river for water sports.

At a cost of € 20,000, steps will be installed at Cardinal Moran Bridge in Leighlinbridge on a steep bank, to provide safe access to Rathvinden Lock on the River Barrow towpath.

In Kilbrannish, it is planned to develop three new circular walks at a cost of € 20,000.

Borris is also expected to receive € 20,000 for the provision of a loop walk, which will provide a key connection point to reach the east and west and the village, providing a number of loop walking possibilities.

This project will also include modernization works along the old railway line and the connection of this release to Bog Lane, Borris.

At Duckett’s Grove, funding of € 20,000 has been allocated to improve the pathways on the aisles and seats.

“This funding, under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure (ORIS) program, will further enhance our unique natural features and support Carlow as an adventure tourism destination,” said MP Jennifer Murnane O’Connor. .

Funding for larger projects under measures two and three of the program will be announced in the coming weeks.


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