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Fall foliage in New England provides a showcase for Mother Nature. Perhaps nowhere else in America, and maybe even the world, are the fall colors as stunning and spectacular as October in New England. These six drives are the best of the best.

Fall Foliage Scenic Drives in New England - Six of the Best

Fall Foliage Scenic Drives in New England - Six of the BestFall foliage in New England provides a showcase for Mother Nature. Perhaps nowhere else in America, and maybe even the world, are the fall colors as stunning and spectacular as October in New England.Fall foliage in New England really begins in August. The shortening daylight hours trigger the deciduous trees to begin the process of shedding their leaves. It happens all around North America, and all around the world. But in New England it results in a display of special landscapes painted with fiery autumn colors.Why is fall foliage in New England so different and special? Its a factor of many things but mostly an abundance of different types of deciduous trees, warm autumn days, and cool - but not freezing - nights. When these and a few other conditions are all mixed in the right proportions, then you get the world famous stunning shades of reds, yellows, oranges, and browns on the hills and mountain sides of New England.Between mid-September to late-October, visitors flock to New England to see the "fall foliage" . Many take special bus tours or even train rides. But most take to the road and these six scenic drives offer some of the best autumn views available from anywhere on the planet.FALL FOLIAGE SCENIC DRIVE - MOHAWK TRAIL MASSACHUSETTSIn Massachusetts the most popular fall foliage "scenic drive" s are along the famous Mohawk Trail, and the area known as The Berkshires. The Mohawk trail rolls out through the northwestern part of the state on route 2, and winds through the hills and mountains of the Berkshires, touching picturesque towns like Williamstown, Deerfield, Shelbourne, Colrain, Charlemont, and Shelburne Falls. The road follows an ancient foot path used to move between Massachusetts and New York by Native Americans.Mount Greylock, the highest point in The Berkshires and Massachusetts, offers stunning views of the surrounding area and Mohawk Trail.FALL FOLIAGE SCENIC DRIVE - KANCAMAGUS HIGHWAY NEW HAMPSHIREThe White Mountain National Forest is home to many wonderful scenic drives but the most popular - and rightly so - has to be the 34-mile Kancamagus Scenic Highway that runs along route 112 from Conway to White Mountains Visitor Center in Lincoln. This drive is considered by many to be the top fall foliage New England scenic drive. Youll see beautiful forests ablaze with autumn colors and plenty of photo opportunities with walks along gorges and streams, and with breathtaking views of the highest mountains in the Presidential Range. FALL FOLIAGE SCENIC DRIVE - CENTRAL VERMONT AREAVermont is a popular destination state in the fall. With many fall foliage scenic drives to choose from, the Central Vermont area, around Killington, and the towns and highways of Woodstock, Rutland and Ludlow, offer up some of the most dazzling. This area is deep in The Green Mountain National Forest area, and not surprisingly offers dramatic fall foliage color and scenery. FALL FOLIAGE SCENIC DRIVE - LAKES AND LEAVES MAINEMaine is a vast wilderness and given its proximity is the first New England state to display peak fall foliage color. Maine has many unparalleled scenic drives to choose from, and its difficult to single out one. But the Lakes and Leaves drive that skirts the shores of Moosehead Lake on Route 15 and then heads south on route 201 provides an amazing view of this empty, but beautiful backcountry. Youll see incomparable fall foliage views of the tree-lined banks of the Kennebec River, and the surrounding mountains on this Maine Scenic Highway.FALL FOLIAGE SCENIC DRIVE - RHODE ISLAND COASTRhode Island provides open roads and coastal drives for fall vacationers and leaf peeping. The 61-mile Rhode Island Coast Scenic Drive follows the coastline east from Westerly towards Point Judith passing nature reserves and secluded beaches, until turning north along Narragansett Bay, and eventually over Newport Bridge on route 138. The drive finishes over the breathtaking Ocean Drive in historic Newport. Always close to a picnic stop along this short drive it begs to be taken slowly and to stop occasionally and breathe in the crisp fall salt air.FALL FOLIAGE SCENIC DRIVE - CONNECTICUT ROUTE 169Far from being the forgotten step child of the other fall foliage scenic drives in New England, Connecticut is full of its own collection of scenic drives. One noteworthy trip to take in autumn is Route 169 in the eastern "Quiet Corner" region. Here the backdrop is rolling farmland, stone walls, and picturesque towns and villages that line the route. New England is littered with scenic drive new englands, and look at those mentioned here as springboards to visiting other country roads that lead to surprises and discovery at every turn. The backroads of New England are where the gems are located, so don't be afraid to explore.

East Cape Wahoo Strike

East Cape Wahoo Strike

Setting out for a day on the water we had no idea that the wahoo gods had in store for us. As the boat left the dock before the sun was coming up I had a feeling that this was going to be a great day of fishing. I stayed up pretty late the night before rigging all my wire leaders for the wahoo I was dreaming of catching. So as we headed out the water was calm over the sea of Cortes and the sun just starting to break as we came south our of cabo san lucas. We had a pretty good run in the boat before we could fish, we had heard the day before that the wahoo bite was going crazy on the east cape. So after about three hours of hard running in the boat we decided to get the lines in the water. I set up the out riggers and my buddy steve set up the the cockpit pattern, as captain fernando got us on the fish.It was about an hour after dropping our lures in the water that we had a huge wahoo strike. All at once four of the rods bent to the extent that they looked like they were going to break. We were fishing with really light tackle and even lighter fishing line. We are only out there for the sport of it, so we take no fish that we catch, only pictures. Anyways as everyone on the boat was going crazy from the four rods screaming like they were about to blow up. You could feel the excitement in the cockpit of the boat, it was so think you could have cut it with a knife. We reeled in the other lines that didn't have fish on them to get them out of the way, and started to fight these four fish that we had hooked up. After we lost one due to our own fault we got our first wahoo to the boat, and she was big about sixty pounds. It is a little tricky to get these fish un hooked and released but you can do it once someone with some experience shows you the right way to do it. Well we did the same with the other two witch went as big as the first but still nice size.Once that first hookup came it seemed like we were just on fire, with fish practically fighting to eat our lures. That day we caught over 14 wahoo and 6 stripped marlin, all tagged and released. I will never forget this day and I can guarantee that the guys that were with me wont either. So if you ever get the chance to fish baja don't pass it up, but please release what you dont need and keep conservation in mind. Its a very fragile ecosystem out there and we need to help preserve it.Please keep conservation in mind.Craighttp://www.savethepacific.org

Northwest Hiking: Equipment Preparation for the Oregon Outdoors

Northwest Hiking: Equipment Preparation for the Oregon Outdoors

Hiking is one of Pacific Northwest outdoor enthusiasts favorite activities. Oregon and SW Washington offer an incredible variety of forests, parks and national monuments ready for exploration and appreciation. Hikers should not be taken by surprise in this incredible area of the country however. Forest, coastal lands and cave hiking all present unique challenges to any hiker. The Pacific Northwest can prove to be dangerous if hikers are unprepared. Forest Trail Hiking
The Northwest's forest trails are ideal hiking destinations because the scenery and beauty are unmatched by any other location. These trails wind through lush pine and fir tree wooded areas, tranquil open meadows, and creek and river crossed landscapes. The native wildlife - beavers, foxes, deer, elk, songbirds, squirrels make it an ideal place for nature watchers. Oregon and Washington have very well maintained trailways and they take pride in their stewardship of the forests here. However, hikers should still be prepared for the unexpected in these areas. The most important item to pack on any hiking trip, especially in the summer months, is water. Food is a close second. Emergency lights and signals are also essential for any recreational hiker. Traditional roadside flares or signal lights are not an option in the Northwest wilderness as likelihood of starting an unintentional fire is very high. A LED emergency light is small, lightweight, affordable, and offers powerful, high-quality light that can be used as a distress signal as well as a flashlight.A multi-purpose pocket knife is also essential to safe hiking in the Northwest. These tools often include miniature scissors and pliers, tweezers and a compass which can all be useful to a hiker. The basic knife blade in these tools can be helpful to scratch trees and branches in order to mark an unfamiliar trail should you get lost. Consider packing mosquito repellent and sun block when hiking these forest trails as well. Coastal Hiking
The Pacific Northwest is known for its unpredictable and sometimes treacherous coastal weather. Hikers are advised to dress for the elements when hiking along coast range trails. A rain jacket and sturdy, waterproof boots are essential. The Oregon or SW Washington coast is are often overtaken by dense, heavy fog coverage. These fogs can come in without warning, stranding and disorientating hikers who are unprepared. It is important to bring a powerful LED flashlight or lantern when hiking this area to illuminate the trail or campsite as well as alert help should you need it. Cave Hiking
Cave hiking is one of the more dangerous forms of recreational hiking. This activity requires specific safety equipment and long-term planning. Along with multiple light sources, appropriate clothing and plenty of food and water, one must also make sure to bring protective head gear, rope, and climbing gloves. Experts recommend headlamps when cave hiking to allow for hands-free hiking. If considering cave hiking in the Northwest, contact a professional in the area who can provide specific equipment needs and precautions. Hiking the Pacific Northwest trails is an incredible outdoor experience. A summer can be spent enjoying several trails, all with their own unique landscapes and beauties. Whether hiking through the Umpqua or Deschutes National Forests or exploring the Coasts Oregon Sand Dunes, hikers will not be disappointed so long as they come prepared. ~Ben Anton, 2008

Mr Bittlekirk is Missing : Sporting Clays Article by Dan Schindler : The Paragon School of Sporting

Mr Bittlekirk is Missing : Sporting Clays Article by Dan Schindler : The Paragon School of Sporting

Mr. Bittlekirk is, for the most part, your average, agreeable guy. He likes football, baseball and fast food. His physically demanding job keeps him in good shape as his handshake and physique implied. Rugged face and stature, Mr. Bittlekirk was outwardly personable but I detected a serious edge about him too. Over coffee and a sweet-roll we talked about our upcoming session.I like to gather information about my student before guns are loaded and targets fly. I inquired about goals, priorities, targets shot per month and problem areas, all to better understand who Mr. Bittlekirk was and where we were going. His questions were insightful and showed forethought coming into his lesson. Hed studied under a good teacher who, he felt, had taken him as far as he could. He was here to learn, understood there was no magic involved and that progress would come only after some work and possibly change. We were off to a good start.A strong intermediate shooter, Mr. Bittlekirk was straightforward in his approach to shooting. There were a few surprises for Mr. Bittlekirk along the way and thats what gave me the idea to write this piece. Id like to share with you some of the dialogue, questions and answers as we moved forward and through his time with me. As with most men, it isnt just about shooting methods. It always goes a little deeper than that and I dont mean that to be derogatory. Its just that our gender brings certain ideas and beliefs to the table. Which brings us to his first comment as he took his gun out of the slip.Dan, I really dont like to miss.Whys that?Because I get frustrated easily after a miss and everything seems to go down hill from there.I didnt wince when I heard it but knew that I would be devoting some of our time to sorting this out.It didnt take long for a teaching opportunity to present itself. The target didnt look all that difficult and actually wasnt. But it had a trick in it he didnt spot right away and the target curled away, under his shotstring every time. Four times to be exact. Before answering his question about where he was missing, I asked him to take a few seconds to consider why. Wed already discussed the solution on the previous field. Discouraged, he shrugged his shoulders. I again suggested the small adjustment to the upcoming shot. Closed to suggestions and bent on the unpleasantness I knew was coming, he wasnt listening. After all, he was frustrated.The targets not that hard Dan. I know I can break it!Mr. Bittlekirk was visibly determined. Arms and forehead knotted up, three more shots went astray. I called a time out and asked politely, What is our objective here?Looking at me like I was an alien he said, To break the target. Now Im used to that answer and waited for the right moment.The objective here is to use good form. Tired from struggling, he thought about that and nodded. Once more, I suggested the small adjustment in his swing. X. X. X. All was well in his world again. But I also knew this was only until next time, which would likely be soon. So, to reinforce our objective I shared with him that breaking targets is very seductive. Its completely natural and downright logical to believe that because we did break the target, what were doing must be right. This isnt always the case as evidenced by our misses, caused by the inconsistencies in our game. Until we can expose and account for those inconsistencies were doomed to repeat them. Thats where performance plateaus come from. I reminded him that this wasnt a criticism, just a truth we eventually have to confront if were serious about improvement.This Sporting Clays Article was previously published in Sporting Clays Magazine by Dan Schindler January 2005. This article, in it's entirety is available online in our collection of articles available for download (www.paragonschool.com)Sporting clays continues to be an elegant sport born of long tradition, fulfilling our wingshooting passion to experience the wing and shot. Feather and clay, inescapably tied, grants us so many learning opportunities to hone our skills, a path of personal growth that affords us a refreshing, unbiased look at ourselves. Time and again, my students have learned how entirely more capable they are than once thought. The American sporting clays shooter can honestly and proudly say, in a very short period, he has indeed advanced to take his rightful place among the best in the world. And, lets not forget, no one is having more fun out here than you and I are.The events, times, places and persons in my articles are all true. While I changed a name here and there, 100% of the information came from my experiences with you. Each tournament, each lesson, each experience with you generated the material for my work. I am grateful.The Paragon School of Sporting is now making available the remainder of this article as well as numerous others, available for download on The Paragon School of Sporting Website (www.paragonschool.com)We hope you enjoyed the first part of the article and will visit us online to browse the numerous collection that is available. Until then, happy Sporting!

Camping 101: Tips For Outsmarting One Of Mother Nature's Nastiest Aggravators

Whether it's summer camp or camping out-or both-that's on your agenda, here are some basic tips you can follow to outsmart poison ivy and oak to more fully enjoy your summertime adventures. Preparation and protection are key. Poison ivy, oak and sumac produce the leading cause of allergic skin reactions in the United States every year. The good news is there are ways you can help protect yourself and your family from these noxious plants. • Learn to recognize the plants and avoid them. There are several online resources that offer detailed descriptions of the plants. • Whenever possible, wear long clothing-long pants and long sleeves-when you suspect you may come in contact with poison ivy plants. Poison ivy, oak and sumac are potent year-round and can remain toxic on clothes and other surfaces for up to five years. • Use a pre-contact protective lotion, such as bji Block™, to help protect against allergic reactions. The lotion forms an invisible layer on the skin that helps inhibit absorption of the plant oils that cause allergic reactions. bji Block also features an SPF 20 UVA/UVB sunscreen. For added assurance, there is also bji™ Wash, a gentle, exfoliating cleanser that removes the plant oils from the skin anytime after contact or symptoms begin to offer relief from itching and irritation.

How to Find a Campground to Camp At

Are you interested in going on a camping adventure? If you are, you will need to find a public campground to visit. Public campgrounds are also commonly referred to as campground parks. If this is your first time going on a camping adventure, you may be wondering exactly how you can go about finding a campground park to camp at. If you are, you will want to continue reading on.When it comes to finding a campground park to camp at, you will find that you, literally, have an unlimited number of options to choose from. One of those options involves using your local telephone book. Your local telephone book should have the name and contact information of local campground parks. If you are looking to camp locally, this is a nice and easy way for to find and familiarize yourself with local campground parks.In addition to using your local phone book, you may also want to ask those that you know for recommendations. Since camping is a popular activity in the United States, there is a good chance that many of your friends or family members have gone camping before. If they have, you may want to get information on the campground park that they visited, as well as a general overview of their camping adventure, like if they enjoyed it or not.If you are looking for a campground that is local or even one that is a distance away from your home, you may want to think about using the internet. The internet is a great way to find and familiarize yourself with campground parks. One of the many ways that you can use the internet to your advantage is by using online resources like online phone books or online business directories. These online resources allow you to find a particular business, like a campground park, by searching in a specific area. Often times, you will get the name and the contact information of a campground park by using online business directories or online phone books.In addition to using online business directories or online phone books to find a campground park to camp at, you can also use standard internet searches. When performing a standard internet search, you may want to think about searching with phrases like "campground parks," or just "campgrounds." If you know where you would like to camp, city and state wise, you may want to think about incorporating that information into your standard internet search. Your standard internet search will likely connect you to the online websites of campground parks.Speaking of the online websites of campground parks, these websites are a great way for you to familiarize yourself with the park or parks in question. Many campground parks have detailed information on their online websites, like park maps, as well as pictures. You may also find the cost of renting a campsite on their website. It is also likely that you will come across a detailed list on onsite activities that you and your camping party may be able to participate in.You can also find a campground park to camp at by keeping your eyes open at all times. Some of the greatest campgrounds are discovered purely by accident. Whenever you are out driving, you may want to always be on the lookout for campground parks. Many of these parks are advertised in plain site. You may want to think about stopping and requesting information or using the internet to research the park in question when you get home.As outlined above, there are a number of different ways that you can go about finding a campground park to camp at. As a reminder though, you will want to try and do more than just find a campground park. You will want to make sure that you take the time to find and choose the one that is best for you and your camping party.

Summary

Fall foliage in New England provides a showcase for Mother Nature. Perhaps nowhere else in America, and maybe even the world, are the fall colors as stunning and spectacular as October in New England. These six drives are the best of the best.