Time Off » Outdoor Adventures

September 14, 2016
man shooting pheasant
“Life is short and one bird season lost is one too many,” wrote Datus C. Proper in Pheasants of the Mind: A Hunter’s Search for a Mythic Bird, a lyrical little book on the sport published in 1994.
September 1, 2016
I’ve admired the beauty of the wild trout found by President Thomas Jefferson’s Corps of Discovery since the first time I caught one while wading a sandy beach of Yellowstone Lake in the spring of 1974. The species is called “cutthroat” because of a vivid reddish-orange slash curving across each lower jaw.
June 5, 2016
Super yacht
It’s a famous island in the Atlantic Ocean that’s the perfect outdoor summer playground—secluded yet accessible. Its 21 square miles boast more golf courses per mile than anywhere else in the world. This enchanting destination has hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, exciting equestrian matches, and a prestigious yacht race from Newport, Rhode Island.
January 19, 2016
Man in kayak
I dipped my paddle into the crystal-clear saltwater shallows and set off a series of minor explosions. Instantly, a dozen elegant, squawking great egrets leaped into the air from a grove of leathery-leafed mangroves. Then a school of silvery baby tarpon erupted, splashing beneath the prehistoric-looking, reddish-orange dangling roots.
October 24, 2015
Photo: Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce
Heading for the Rockies this winter for a deep-powder skiing adventure? Consider the Tetons in Wyoming, with their 500 inches of dry, pristine powder and breathtaking alpenglow sunrises and sunsets.
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.




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