A Tourist Guide to the Berkshires

1. Introduction: Characterized by rolling hills and peaks, and dissected by river valleys, the Berkshires, considered southern extensions of Vermont's Green Mountains, traverse Western Massachusetts and Connecticut, diminishing in elevation and profile from both north to south and west to east. Named by Sir Francis Bernard to honor his home county in England, they constitute both a highland geologic and cultural region, attracting significant tourism during the summer months. 2. History: Wind, weather, and erosional chiseling of once towering mountains that formed the Housatonic, Green, and Hoosic River valleys after retreat of the last ice age some 25,000 years ago created the current hills and low-elevation peaks. Mohican Indians, who had defected from the Hudson River Iroquois settlements during the …

7 New Year’s Resolutions for the Outdoorsman

While everyone is working on their “eat better and lose weight” list of New Year’s resolutions, those that love the outdoors should make a list of their own. To help put your New Year’s resolutions together, here is a list of a few options to consider adding. 1. Introduce Someone New to the Outdoors Between our cell phones, computers, televisions, video games and social media, the number of people that actually spend time outdoors is declining. Let’s work together to start increasing that number and the best place to start is with kids. Grab your child, your nephew/niece, your grand-kids, or your neighbor’s kids and introduce them to what you love about the outdoors. Whether it’s hunting, fishing, hiking or …

Outdoor Memorial Tree – Did Your Dad Love the Outdoors?

An outdoorsman brings something special to life. He honors the woods, the lakes, campgrounds and hiking paths with his presence. He gets up early to troll for catfish and cast for bass. He might sit in a duck blind waiting for the sun to rise and listen for the sound of wings flapping in the sky. He might perch in a tree blind during deer hunting season. He may go for a walk on a late summer afternoon, as the begins to set or a calm covers the waters or a hush falls in the woods. If your dad, or uncle, grandpa, brother or nephew, or even a friend, who loved being on the lake or in the woods, passed …

Special Skills Your Child Can Master at Summer Camp

Sending your kid to summer camp makes it easy to fill their days with wholesome activities that keep them challenged. While you can bet that your kid will come back a stronger swimmer and singing their favorite campfire songs, they also will have the opportunity to master new skills that they may not have the time or resources to learn at home. As you choose the right summer program for your son or daughter, consider how their preferred activities will teach them valuable lessons they can use long after the summer is over. Practice Outdoors Survival Skills Kids spend the biggest part of their time at camp outside. They are constantly learning how to care for the environment while staying …

Cyclotourism – New Traveling Trend

The tourist data of the last years testify of the new must in tourism: keep in touch with nature and look for psycho-physical wellness. More and more peolple choose to spend their free time in the green, listening to the stillness of the open spaces searching simplicity and emotions, tied to the pleasure of senses. Among all the green tourism offers, the farm holiday, the National Parks and the Cyclotourism proposals stand out. More and more cycling lovers decide to plan their holidays with their bicycle. This new trend, coming from Northern Europe, has already suggested some special facilities to offer to cyclo-tourists; Many Italian hotels, in collaboration with local tourist agencies, have been equipped just in order to satisfy …

Travelling and Knowing New Cultures

One of most interesting things anyone can do in life is travelling around world and knowing new cultures and trying understanding these cultures. Travelling and contacting with locals, without judgments about differences of culture, but trying to understand the “whys.” Taking photos, some notes and proofing the tasting of new foods and flavours. Seeing new plants, new animals, and new landscapes! What can the old people from those places tell you, about is past? Travelling is always a good way of growing as person, because enlarges our way of thinking. Travelling give us answers for questions that sometimes our own culture didn’t. This is true not only for metaphysic questions, but for practical matters too. Human knowledge is too big …

Why Survive?

I have heard some people say that they would rather die than have to put on a back pack (bug out bag) and have to hike out of a crisis area. I think that people who think like this have never stared death in it’s face. I am sure that they will change their mind as soon as they have to confront their own mortality or even just some prolonged suffering. The human race is very resilient and has a huge capacity to adapt to change. People thrive in the most diverse conditions; from the arctic wastelands to the densest jungles. Most people who confront adversity will at least try to overcome it. It is in our very nature, at …

Travelling As a Hobby

A hobby, whatever it may be is definitely a fun activity and a stress buster. There are so many activities people do in their free time and to relax their stressed mind. The common and popular hobbies are Stamp and coin collection, music, painting, photography, reading and cooking. Among long, long list of various hobby activities, there is one interesting, informative and adventurous hobby which is also one of the most popular and loved pastimes. That is travelling. For some it is a waste of time and money. They argue to use an alternative and read a book or watch a film related to places to be travelled. For others, there is no doubt that a person gets more life …

Boon or Bane: SAP Survival Kit – Merits and Rewards, Mission Accomplished, Time After Tomorrow

Merits and rewards Basically, I fancy Dilbert’s solution in this case: “I used to not care about my subordinates, but that’s all changed. Now I delegate the not-caring function to what’s her face over there.” To sum it up, simply don’t forget to seriously embrace your colleagues with motivational hugs. As a logical consequence – the so-called ‘cross on the T’ – the accumulated wealth is to be fairly distributed amongst the teams. How does this example sound? Does this person ring a bell? Spontaneously, I was thinking of Mr. M.C., whom we all knew from never-ending meetings with our process owner. Money makes the world go round – that’s not just a mere proverb but people are desperately longing …

Travel – Protect Yourself While Travelling

Travelling is one of the most interesting activities in one’s life. However, when you travel to a strange and unfamiliar place, you are very likely to be attacked, especially when travelling to third world countries. Tourists are usually very easy to be noticed and taken advantage of because they usually wear quite different clothes, bring a camera along and have a lost look on their face. So how can tourists protect themselves against being attacked in a new place? Learn about the place you are travelling to carefully in advance. You should use the internet to find information about the culture and custom of the country you are going to as well as the contact information of your embassy in …