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"Pasture Prime"

"The Pasture Prime"
The Ski Journal
December 2009

Most nights in Woodstock, Vt. are quiet. Route 4, the main east-west corridor in the state, plumbs a line straight through this quaint New England town, past an oval-shaped green and brick courthouse and a colonnaded town hall. The shops are mostly shuttered by 5:30, and you can cross the street without looking both ways. The one bar of any distinction, Bentley’s, attracts a wine-sipping clientele, and the DUI-vigilant police keep things nice and civil.
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"The Comeback Trail"

"The Comeback Trail"
Vermont Life
Autumn 2016

Ascutney’s life as a resort, in the conventional sense, appears to be over. The condominiums remain, of course, as does the Holiday Inn Club Vacation hotel at the base area. But lifts will never deposit skiers at the high point of the old ski area, a few hundred vertical feet below the summit, and people from Boston and New York won’t cram the base lodge at lunchtime on winter Saturdays. Most of the human traffic on the property will be human-powered — people pedaling bicycles or using skins and skis to ascend this craggy monadnock of a mountain.
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"Where the Streams Have No Names"

"Where the Streams Have No Names"
The Flyfish Journal
December 2009

Look with a jaundiced eye at trout fishing in the east, and you’ll see an experience orchestrated to match every angler’s wildest dream. In that dream, every fish is big and stupid, gulping dry flies from the surface with an almost reckless abandon, and then acts surprised when it realizes there’s a hook in its lip. With a natural drama, the fish runs downstream, upstream, does somersaults in the air. And when you’re just about ready to net the beast, it gets tired and moseys over to you like a cow who knows it’s time for milking. You reach down and heft the trout from the water, admire its reds, greens, and yellows, its generous girth, smile for the camera, and do it again.
"Pub Crawl Meets Pub Cruise"

"Pub Crawl Meets Pub Cruise"
Mountain Magazine
December 2015

Jackson is the rare town where you can ski from bar to bar, with just a bit of walking to connect a trail or two. It’s been that way since the early 1970s, when local business owners hatched a plan to boost winter tourism. Urbanites had traveled to Jackson in the summers since the mid-1800s to take in the clean mountain air, hike, and splash in the rivers. The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation formed in 1972 to grow the cross-country and backcountry (more like bushwhacking) offerings. Now the JSTF maintains 154 kilometers of trails. Many are meticulously groomed for skate and classic skiing, while others are left in their natural state. The network crisscrosses the village, with its covered bridge and town green, but also extends to the wilder highlands north of town and the expansive White Mountain National Forest around Pinkham Notch and the eastern side of Mount Washington.
"Improve urban infrastructure? There's an app for that"
Every weekday morning at approximately 6:30, Willem Heydendael, a 35-year-old medical consultant, hops on his bike and rides 15 miles along the Schuylkill River from his home in the Passyunk Square neighborhood of South Philadelphia to his office in Conshohocken, a suburb northwest of the city. Before he takes a pedal stroke, he performs an important ritual: he launches the Strava application on his iPhone and starts recording his ride. When he gets to work, he uploads the commute to Strava’s website, where he can see his route overlaid on a Google map, along with his average speed, distance, elevation gain, and a host of other metrics. “I like it because the rides add up and it’s nice to see the mileage I’ve done,” he says.
"The End of Got Milk?"

"The End of Got Milk?"
The New Yorker | February 2014

But there has been a problem: Got Milk? didn’t actually get people to buy more milk. The daily consumption of fluid milk—as opposed to milk-based products like cheese, yogurt, and butter—has steadily declined from 0.96 cups per person in 1970 to 0.59 cups in 2011. There are lots of reasons for this. People have more drink options than ever: sodas, juices, waters, non-dairy milks, energy drinks. Milk prices have risen. Sales of cold cereal, which people often eat with milk, have fallen as people turn to quicker options like breakfast bars and Greek yogurt. Even the rebounding economy has played a part in recent years.
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