Come Early Spring!

by Joslin Fritz
( April 4th, 2014 )

We’re having a warm spell here in Boston and I’m loving the sunshine. I’m reminded that we’re on the cusp of springtime, where the earth seems to come alive after it’s winter slumber. It can’t come soon enough if you ask me. Come early Spring! Hurry up!

 

I couldn’t say it better myself…

Great Excited is Awaiting


Don’t get tired. Great excitement is awaiting. For me there are adventures to come including whitewater rafting…


Adventurous women


I will be most certainly doing at least one thing everyday that scares me. This was on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon a few years back, in April of 2010. The first major rapid, House Rock, is quite intimidating. But SO MUCH FUN!


I’m also looking forward to more peaceful times enjoying the outdoors. Here’s a shot from last summer when I was guiding up in British Columbia on the Chilko Lake. Such a special place, and one that my company, ROAM Adventures, had almost all to ourselves and our guests. You can read more about my time up in Chilko Lake here.


Kayaking British Columbia


So clean out the cobwebs from your springtime gear, open the boxes of dresses and capris, start making plans on your calendar, because it’s coming. Spring has almost sprung and I for one am absolutely giddy at the news.


What are you looking forward to this new season?


Adventure On, 


Joslin

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Your “Where To” Guide to North Conway, New Hampshire

by Joslin Fritz
( April 2nd, 2014 )

A few months ago I attended Mt. Washington Valley IceFest in North Conway, New Hampshire. Not only did I have an absolute blast, but I also learned a new sport and met some great gals. Check out my post and short video of my ice climbing adventure here. 

While in town for the ice climbing festival, I had the opportunity to check out North Conway and experience only a smidgin’ of all the fun it had to offer. In the spirit of my recent post on Bozeman, Montana, here’s my “Where To” Guide to North Conway, New Hampshire.

Where to Stay: Riverside Inn

Riverside Inn BreakfastThere is a whole range of hotels, B & B’s and hostels to choose from in North Conway, but the Riverside Inn is at the top of the list. There is a total of seven rooms in this restored 1906 house, and each has its’ own unique design and charm. The beds are absolutely heavenly, the in-room fireplaces are oh-so-cozy and the house itself is warm and inviting. This makes it a perfect place to spend a rainy spring or blustery cold winter afternoon. The East Branch River in the backyard is peaceful to sit next to, or even amble your way upstream for a while. My most favorite thing about Riverside Inn? The breakfast. The innkeeper, Ken, whips up delicious meals such as omelets, waffles and fresh smoothies, not to mention his homemade gluten-free biscuits. Seriously, I can’t say enough about this breakfast. It is reason alone to stay here.

 

Where to Play: The White Mountains

North Conway is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream in New England. Whether it is wintertime for skiing and ice climbing or summertime for biking or hiking, there is always something to do outside. Echo Lake State Park is a summertime climbing hotspot and also a refreshing place to take a dip in the summer heat. The White Mountain National Forest  provides excellent hiking opportunities-no matter the season- with lots of choices for trails for all fitness levels. Forget your gear? Want more information on nearby outdoor activities? The International Mountain Equipment store can help out with rentals, courses and local lore.

Where to Drink Beer: Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery

Just as knowing where to drink whiskey in Bozeman was important, so is knowing where to drink beer is in North Conway. Moat Mountain is THE place in North Conway to congregate with friends after a full day of exploring the outdoors. If you just want to taste the brewed goods, you can’t go wrong with the six beer sampler. My personal favorite? The Moat Violet B’s Blueberry Ale. The food is fairly standard pub fare, and it can be a bit loud at times, but nevertheless, it’s a ‘must stop’ at town. You can even take some canned beer (or a growler) home with you to remember your trip. :)

Where to Drive or Bike: Kancamagus Highway

Don’t ask me to say it three times fast, but I’ll be happy to bike or drive along this picturesque road in the summer or fall. I biked this with my father when I was a teenager, and have fond memories of this breathtaking highway. Named an American Scenic Byway, this 26.5 mile long stretch of Route 112 is popular among leaf peepers in the fall. The highway runs next to the Swift River for a short while as well as passing by a covered bridge, creating beautiful scenery for the bike rider or driver. There isn’t a traditional bike lane, and so it’s important to be careful when biking on this two lane highway, especially in the fall.

Adventure On, 

Joslin

Kancamagus Highway photos taken by Josuppi on Flickr (creative commons)

Many thanks to Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce to hosting me on my trip to North Conway. My opinions, as always, are my own. 

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Celebrating International Women’s Day by Surfing

by Joslin Fritz
( March 8th, 2014 )

Happy International Women’s Day!

 

I’m always on the lookout for cases of inspiring women who follow their passions, particularly in adventure travel and outdoor recreation. Thanks to the internet, there are too many to highlight. I recently saw this video on older women surfing in Australia, and was deeply moved by the short film. It focuses on three women all ranging in ages 50-64, who have become lifelong friends through their shared love of surfing.

Happy International Women’s Day to all the women in the world following their passion, doing what they love and inspiring others to do the same.

‘Women Who Run With the Tides’ A Film by Michelle Shearer from Steve Shearer on Vimeo.

 

Adventure On, 

Joslin

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