#MomentofChill 11.20.18: Slow Crawl

Today’s #MomentofChill, from Todd Moen of  Catch Magazine, features a monster mayfly making its way up a fly rod. Throughout the Rocky Mountains, anglers refer to any very large mayfly–such as this beeauty from British Columbia–as a “drake.” These . . .

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#MomentofChill 11.19.18: Fall Friends

Today’s #MomentofChill is all about the joy in a relationship between a child and a dog. According to a research survey by the American Kennel Club, growing up with a dog benefits a child in many ways. . . .

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#MomentofChill 11.18.18: Autumn View

The Cobble is a rocky outcropping atop the ridge behind Orvis headquarters, on the western edge of the Green Mountains, in Sunderland, Vermont. The view across the valley reveals the Taconic Range, . . .

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#MomentofChill 11.17.18: Lazy Risers

During an insect hatch, the newly emerged insects float downstream on a river’s current until their wings are dry enough to enable flight. Oftentimes, an eddy will concentrate the helpless duns in slow water, giving hungry trout an opportunity to . . .

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The Joy of Youth

Puppies need exercise, but too much can cause exhaustion or even joint damage, especially in bigger dogs. As a puppy grows, the amount of daily exercise should increase by 5 minutes per month. For example, 3-month-old puppies should have at least 15 minutes of exercise each day, increasing to 20 minutes at 4 months. These … Continue reading “The Joy of Youth”

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Autumn Paddle

Each autumn, the mountains of Vermont explode into color, drawing “leaf peepers” from around the world. The brilliant hillsides also add a rich backdrop to a morning paddle on Lake Shaftsbury for Maggie, Henry, and Gilly. The amazing tapestry occurs when the chlorophyll in the leaves of deciduous trees breaks down due to changes in … Continue reading “Autumn Paddle”

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The Center of It All

Prince of Wales Island is the largest of the 1,100 islands in the Alexander Archipelago, which stretches for 300 miles off the southeastern coast of Alaska. Veined by short river systems that empty into the Inside Passage to the east or the Pacific Ocean to the west, the island is home to populations of wild … Continue reading “The Center of It All”

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I’m Going to Catch You

Being outside has numerous benefits for a dog. Studies show that dogs who play outside regularly have fewer weight problems, show fewer signs of stress and anxiety, and get more vitamin D. The same can be said about humans, which is the perfect reason for both of you to spend time in the great outdoors. … Continue reading “I’m Going to Catch You”

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The Hum of Wings

The Calliope hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) is the smallest bird in the United States, measuring just three inches in length and weighing about as much as a ping-pong ball. The species inhabits the Rocky Mountains from British Columbia south to Baja, nesting as high as 10,000 feet above sea level. In winter, they migrate south to … Continue reading “The Hum of Wings”

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Flats Fantasy

Bonefish are usually found in intertidal flats, mangroves, and creeks. Often congregating in schools of 100 or more, bonefish follow a daily pattern of coming up onto the flats as the tide rises and retreating to deeper water as it falls. (Although, as any bonefish aficionado will tell you, they often fail to show up … Continue reading “Flats Fantasy”

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