Mountain bike rides come in small, medium, and large. There are your after-work jaunts on mild, looping singletrack trails near home. Then there are the longer half-day rides you might tackle on a bluebird weekend afternoon. But the most memorable rides are usually the big ones. High mileage. Long hours. Serious challenges—both physical and mental. …

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I checked my knot—through two, two in, two out, a clean and sturdy figure-8—and sank into the heady reality of my present. Bamboo stalks clacked with the breeze and dried leaves clattered noisily to the forest floor. The swirling limestone cliffs towered above me, as much home to wax bees and honeycombs as tufas and …

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If you take up surfing as an adult, you may never ride waves as tall or as fierce as “Jaws” on Oahu. But don’t be discouraged: there are plenty small, smooth waves around the world. Add a long board and a patient teacher, and your vacation could become epic fun.

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1. Is using a travel agent cheaper than self-booking through money saving search engines like Priceline? Often, yes. Travel agents can save lots of money, even for the most seasoned adventurers. “Search engines like Expedia and Priceline.com charge a commission for finding and spitting out the cheapest flights available,” explained my favorite travel agent, Connie …

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…brought to you by someone who never has–and never will–see The Notebook. Click image to enlarge and choose your own adventure/destiny. For tweet-sized reviews of some of the movies listed, scroll down! About a Boy: Endearing to the max. Hugh Grant singing Killing Me Softly is such a great scene. Superb soundtrack. — Sara Kay …

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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he bowline is a knot that doesn’t get tighter as its pulled, so it’s great for attaching things that are affected by gravity, tides, or free will. Uses tying boats to docks tying stakes to tents tying hot air balloons to earth tying shoelaces to chair legs (for the mischievous — use caution)  

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