Time Off » Outdoor Adventures

June 7, 2015
Ziplining provides stunning views in all seasons. (Photo: The Gorge Zipline)
In any season, few Appalachian vistas can rival the views from the mile-high Blue Ridge Parkway, which connects Virginia’s Shenandoah highlands with North Carolina’s Great Smokies. When I visited, the freshly unfurled leaves of oaks and maples were green. The flowering tulip poplars appeared yellowish-green. Pollen fluff floated on air through the slanting sun. In the distance, bluish layers of the mountainsides were festooned with flowering white dogwood and blooming pink redbud.
February 12, 2015
Forty species of mammals live here, including whitetail deer and the rare Florida panther. (Photo: National Park Service)
Now’s the time to visit the Everglades and, with the water low, see concentrations of wildlife.
January 12, 2015
In Oregon’s lush, green Willamette Valley, black and white winter truffles grow among the roots of young Douglas firs. (Photo courtesy of Oregon Truffle Festival)
European varieties of this delicacy command astronomical prices, but some foodies rave about the less-expensive, easier-to-find ones in Oregon. 
August 14, 2014
It’s almost heaven—and the state is so big that you could spend years exploring it. Here’s where to start.
May 16, 2014
Veteran steelhead fisherman Sean Gallagher releases a native steelhead so it can spawn. (Photo: Gregory Smith Design)
During the 1960s, when Sean Gallagher was 16, his mother took him fishing for steelhead on the Skagit River in northern Washington State, on the Canadian border. In the young Gallagher—now a retired teacher living in the shadow of Mount Rainier—the experience ignited a passionate pursuit of the giant sea-run rainbow trout.
February 24, 2014
Dogsledding in Yellowstone National Park.
To witness world-class dogsled racing, you don’t have to fly all the way to frigid Fairbanks to watch the Alaska Open North American Championship or stand at the crowded finish of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous.
November 26, 2013
(Photo: Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority)
No matter where you live, you're likely to feel a million miles from home here.
November 12, 2013
All photos courtesy of A Passion for Grouse
Aldo Leopold, The famous 20th century wildlife biologist and conservationist, summed up perfectly the lure and lore of ruffed grouse: “There are two kinds of hunting. Ordinary hunting and ruffed-grouse hunting.” Leopold knew. He pioneered modern wildlife management in Wisconsin, where this beautiful bronze creature of the forest edge is known as the king of game birds. 
June 13, 2013
The Best Blue Marlin Fishing in the World  Photo Credit:Tonga Tourism Board
I sit in the fighting chair aboard the 33-foot charter sport-fishing boat Reel Addiction, mesmerized by the churning wash of a stream of white bubbles into the clear, sapphire-blue South Pacific Ocean. Behind and above me on the bridge, at the helm, is skipper Steve Campbell, a 60-year-old tanned and sinewy ex-New Zealander.
February 7, 2013
Oregon’s Mount Bachelor
The New York Times recently pointed to the Cascade Mountains as the beneficiary of 110 inches of precipitation during March and April each year, declaring Stevens Pass “a prime place for spring skiing.” Well, some years. Other years, what falls is rain. The snow gets slushy. I know. It’s my neck of the woods. I live an easy two hours’ drive from Stevens.

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