Recreation

  • Thu, Feb 20
    Last week I fell in love with a book about the power of walking. “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed is the story of her trek over the Pacific Crest Trail from southern California through Oregon. Though I have never trekked over mountains for long distances in great hardship, I do love to take walks and have...
  • Surfing 101
    Fri, Dec 27
    If this is the first time venturing out into the breaks of Block Island, you have some decisions to make. Are you going to want a short board or long? Maybe you want to cut your teeth with a stand up paddle board (SUP), remaining completely out of the water (unless you take a spill), or stay on...
  • Mon, Nov 18
    Sitting on a kayak in the middle of the Great Salt Pond in the midst of hundreds of sailboats, the masts rising overhead like a fiberglass forest, is a unique angle to view the pond and the island. I am on a tour with Corrie Heinz, owner of Pond and Beyond Kayaks, with a married couple and Girl...
  • Mon, Nov 18
    This summer, its 18th on Block Island, Norman Riker’s Soccer and Lacrosse Summer Camps had some 45 boys and girls ages 7 to 14 learning skills, playing games and perfecting technique. Soccer and lacrosse have been shaping Norman’s life since he was a kid himself, growing up on Block Island. While...
  • Mon, Nov 18
    “I like to think of painting like cooking, you have to taste the colors,” Peter Gish tells me as he tears off another “tasting sheet” of watercolor paper. The paper falls into place in the center of his palette, and he sloshes orange and maroon together, attempting to find the perfect combination...
  • Sun, Sep 1
    For the past three summers, I have watched as a dozen or so women, my mother among them, embarked on the challenge of walking the entire perimeter of the island. So this summer, when I was encouraged to join them in their “adventure,” as they call it, I agreed without thinking much about what...

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