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A few of my favorite things for summer …. I’ve been listening to Brazilian Café, the latest release by Putumayo. It's a compilation of samba, jazz and bossa nova by artists such as Djavan, Marcia Salomon and Ana Costa, among others. Perfect mellow mood music for the last road trip

Why a Woman-Specific Bike? By Dalma Heyn Twenty-three years ago, Georgena Terry, a mechanical engineer and passionate cyclist, noticed something: bicycles were built for men. Too many women, who usually have smaller hands, narrower shoulders, wider hips, longer legs and a different musculature than a man the same size, were

As someone who looks longingly at rivers wherever I travel, the idea of carrying a small fly rod is very appealing. That’s "small" as in something I can stuff into a carry-on or backpack and forget about until it’s needed. One rod that hits the sweet spot for price, durability

With spring break looming, ski rental shops are poised to do box office business. Because it’s easier to rent than schlep your skis through the airport, of course. But for the traveler who needs to rent, the idea of standing in an endless line in a crowded ski shop for

    "If you can walk, you can snowshoe," goes the saying. Well, for once, they got it right. But snowshoes, a great excuse for getting outside in winter in much of this country (and during a record winter, no less), have gotten better and better. I was first exposed

  Looking for a soundtrack for your next adventure? Check out the selection of compilation CD’s offered by Putumayo. Long a mainstay of health food stores, cafes and book shops, these recordings with the colorful folk art covers are smartly assembled and transporting. How to define a label that puts

    Well, ’tis the season. So here are a selection of gifts for travelers and a charitable way to use all of those frequent flier miles that you’ve accumulated. Galen Rowell was one of my favorite outdoor photographers and now 180 of his greatest pictures have been collected in