A San Francisco Run

Work took me to San Francisco last week, and on Thursday morning, well before sunup, I set out for a lovely 13 miler. After the winter we’ve had here in New England, a slightly clammy but not too breezy 66F felt like liberation – a shorts-and-singlet run that led me…

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Notre Dame Christmas Splendor

The beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral in Montreal in Christmas lighted majesty. Snapped this picture on the way back from dinner while in Montreal for the Aerospace Summit. Love this beautiful city. I brought Kris up here for her birthday/our anniversary Labor Day weekend, and we were lucky to be able…

RTB NH 2013: Ultra Midlife Crisis

In Sept. 2013 team Ultra Midlife Crisis raced the 205 mile Reach the Beach relay from Cannon Mountain to Hampton Beach in 23:39:48 – finishing with an average 6:55 pace and securing first place in the ultra division and ninth place overall. All six runners on the team were over…

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Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall: Run In It

Last week was our annual family vacation and we spent a chunk of it tenting in Franconia Notch, and like all our family camping trips, it rained about half the time. The first, chilly, rain-pelting morning, we ate a damp breakfast at the campsite and then I changed into a…

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Isobel Shows Us All How To Handle A River Monster

All right, firstly, the kids and I like to watch River Monsters together. So kudos to Jeremy Wade for making a globe-trotting fishing show with enough storyline and drama to have broad cross-generational appeal. And for having the coolest job in the world. Now to stick it in his ribs…

Art of German Cathedrals

A cool 3-minute video by the BBC on the art in the cathedral in Cologne (Köln); particularly interesting, the grotesques at the end. One of the most wonderful side benefits of business travel has been the opportunity to see–and go to Mass in–a variety of beautiful Gothic European churches. I was…

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Looking For A Long Run in Anaheim? Santa Ana River Trail

I was out in Anaheim for work a little while ago, and in addition to having to squeeze a few very early and night recovery and tempo runs, I had a 14-mile midweek long run on the calendar (those who’ve suffered under Pfitzinger’s marathon program know these well). After a…

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Bavaria, Like Home In So Many Ways

It’s snowing again this morning in Munich, and it strikes me how much the weather here in Bavaria feels just like home in New Hampshire (or my native Vermont). But it’s not just the weather – there’s something oddly familiar to a New Englander about so many aspects of the…

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Stripers and old friends, North Hampton Beach, July 2012

I got my 9-foot, 9-weight Orvis Silver Label HLS RM back when I moved to Cape May, New Jersey to edit the Star & Wave in 1997. I was a heavily-addicted trout fisherman used to living 20 minutes from the amazing catch-and-release section of the Deerfield River, and I was…

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Fly Fishing The Piscataquog In New Boston, NH

I used a vacation day and on a chilly, rainy June afternoon took a trip to the Piscataquog out in New Boston with two old newspaper friends, former publisher of mine and a news service bureau chief. I say “trip” because there’s a glamour to the word that suggests exotic,…