It sounds cliché -- jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. But there are many thrill seekers who are flying up -- and jumping out. Vermont Skydiving Adventures in West Addison specializes in the sport. Gina enjoys the views and thrills that come with a tandem skydiving adventure.
Although Vermont is 5-thousand miles away from Hawaii -- the aloha mentality seems a lot closer with the new trend of supping. Stand Up Paddle Boarding is growing even on Lake Champlain and Gina gets a lesson to see how fun and easy this new way of enjoying the lake is.
With the Super Bowl on the horizon, Collin Parker, our film buff features his favorite football movie: Horse Feathers.
Collin has been the movie critic for examiner.com and at Essex Cinemas in Essex, Vermont, and Cumberland 12 in Plattsburgh, New York, since 2009. In ‘real’ life, he is the Marketing Director at The Essex Resort & Spa. Follow him on Twitter at @popcollin.
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Cross the border into Bedford, Quebec with two brothers whose love of an ancient sport is beginning to take hold with competitors of all ages and abilities when we learn about burning, bumping, sweeping and all the strategies involved in curling.
Since 1997, Groton State Forest has hosted Vermont’s Becoming an Outdoor Family workshop. For three days each spring, this annual event gives families the opportunity to camp, enjoy the park, and learn outdoor skills. More than 40 different hands-on classes are offered during the weekend. They showcase the wide variety of outdoor activities available to Vermonters, and help instill a basic understanding of environmental conservation. The only thing better than spending time outdoors, is spending time outdoors with your family.
Rock Climbing can be an intimidating sport for many people. But with the proper training it can be an exhilarating experience. There is a sense of accomplishment when scaling what you thought was impossible. It can be a real confidence booster, and its lessons can be applied to everyday life. Host Marianne Eaton attends the Petra Cliffs Rock Climbing Center in Burlington and then tackles a sixty-foot cliff high above Lake Dunmore in Salisbury with her teachers.
Learning traditional outdoor skills such as hunting and fishing can be an intimidating experience for some women. The National Wild Turkey Federation offers a program to help women gain confidence and experience in a number of outdoor activities including target shooting, fly fishing, kayaking and tracking. In this segment, we spend a day with the Vermont chapter of the Federation for their "Women in the Outdoors" program.
Orienteering is the sport of using nothing but a compass and map to locate points on a course that has been laid out in the woods. Competitors race the clock to locate the checkpoints, and then return to the starting point. It can be competitive or just a nice walk in the woods. It's a sport that is popular throughout the world. Host Marianne Eaton joins members of the Green Mountain Orienteering Club on one of their outings and navigates her way through the wilderness.
There are over 300,000 active skydivers in the United States. Stepping into the doorway of a plane at 13,500 feet and leaping for an adrenaline-filled free fall is a feeling like no other. For those interested in trying this sport, a tandem ride where you are strapped together with a certified instructor is an easy way to see what skydiving is all about. And just about anyone can drive in off the street and try it. We visited Vermont Skydiving Adventures in Addison and went up in the plane to watch first-timers take exhilarating tandem rides.
Caving is a tricky business and takes a lot of preparation. In addition to arming yourself with coveralls, helmets, lights, ropes and supply of the good batteries, you have to be ready to do a fair amount of scrambling, stooping, crawling and squeezing through tight places. But in addition to its challenges, caving has its rewards when you uncover thousands of years of geologic history. Unfortunately, many of these subterranean museums have been vandalized. That's why veterans of the underground are tight-lipped about their location. Host Marianne Eaton joins members of the Vermont Cavers Association in Rutland County for a trip underground to explore one of Vermont's deep treasures.