Outdoors

Outdoors

Leslie Barker: A whistle is one more way to stay safe during a run

While in Colorado this past summer, I bought yellow whistles for my 87-year-old mom and me. We kind of joked about them – me saying I'd use mine if I saw a bear and, more seriously, telling Mom she should carry hers on walks. Her balance is amazing, but were she to fall, at least she could attract attention by blowing the daylights out of her whistle.

Outdoors

Copenhagen Wheel is worth the wait

For those who follow bike trends, the Copenhagen Wheel has been on the horizon for years. The red-hubbed wheel sounds like a dream come true – an easy, one-step way to add electric assist to your already existing bike. Now it's finally available in the U.S., and anyone who has been thinking about an e-bike should give it a test ride. For those unfamiliar with the concept, the 350-watt motor provides assistance to the rider – you still need to pedal, but it will help you maintain a 20 mph speed with much less energy.

Hunting Fishing

Habitat for pheasants keeps shrinking

When Minnesota's cornfields were "dirty" with weeds in the '40s and '50s and farms were cluttered with brushy fence rows, shelterbelts, livestock pastures and cattail sloughs, the state's population of ringneck pheasants abounded.

Hunting Fishing

Calculus of sport: What hunters have to consider before their fall seasons

Like savvy consumers, hunters each fall gauge prospects for success against the time and cost required to put a bird – or venison steak – in hand. Minnesota, for instance, didn't always have 500,000 deer hunters. Only since the state's whitetail population exploded did so many blaze-orange-clad residents go afield. Similarly, last year, when pheasant numbers were depressed, a paltry 47,000 ringneck seekers tromped the uplands – compared to some 300,000 in 1958, when florid roosters abounded. Here, then, is the species-by-species calculus that hunters will consider this fall before lacing up their boots.

Hunting Fishing

Best times for anglers

This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Family

Quarry in Rocklin opens as adventure park

Quarry Park Adventures in Rocklin, CA, opens to the public on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Attractions in the old quarry, which was formerly used for mining granite, include ziplining, a rock climbing wall, and an adventure course.

Quarry in Rocklin opens as adventure park

Quarry Park Adventures in Rocklin, CA, opens to the public on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Attractions in the old quarry, which was formerly used for mining granite, include ziplining, a rock climbing wall, and an adventure course.