Outdoors: Fly fishing, first rain in Telluride

When you’re stripping fly line in the Dolores River, what strikes you about the slopes of the San Juan Mountains looming overhead is their startling redness. The peaks, even the tallest of which has shed its usual snowcap this summer, are full of oxidized iron — quite literally rusting where they sit. Thanks to the […]

Outdoors: With warm weather come thoughts of trout fishing

I was asked recently when fishing season opens in Connecticut. The fellow was referring to trout — the quarry of choice for a large number of recreational anglers here and everywhere else. To answer his question (I couldn’t at the time), trout are fair game starting at 6 a.m. April 20 in all the lakes […]

Teams seek renovation of equestrian center

Beyond Coxe Cage, on the other side of Central Ave., 60 horses live year-round in what Yale’s Web site calls “the Athletic Department’s greatest secret.” That secret is the 84-year-old Yale Polo and Equestrian Center, an unobtrusive stucco complex set among the playing fields. Decades of waning visibility of the polo program on campus, as […]

Outdoors: Flying with ‘Dynamite’

Your stomach is at your knees when the engine groans and the little plane begins to fall backward out of the sky. The steering wheel vibrates and the instruments spin under dirty glass, unsure what to make of your folly. You wish you’d stayed in bed that morning; a bed that would look like it […]

Outdoors: A whirlwind tour of the Civil War

As I sped southward down Interstate 81, the clouds were incising shadows on the rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley. Those hills must have looked much the same to Sheridan’s cavalrymen as they raced to round up Mosby’s Raiders and hang them without trial almost 150 years ago. In those hills, the Civil War had […]

Dinosaur hunting in the Mad River Valley

It was dark and raining. The fog was thick as maple syrup as we raced up Interstate 91 through the bowels of the Green Mountains toward Burlington. The trip was strictly business, although it would be hard to tell from the look of us a few short hours later. First light. Gray crept through the […]

Outdoors: Feeling old lately

There’s something about waterfowling lately that makes me feel old. Really old. Earlier this fall, a classmate was spinning a great yarn about a summer deep-sea excursion out of Rhode Island. It played out like something Papa Hemingway might have written — the hook, what felt like hours strapped to the seat in the sweltering […]

Harvard lacks manly virtues

College football as we know it was nurtured through its infancy at Yale and Harvard about 120 years ago. As we cross our fingers for the 118th incarnation of The Game, maybe we can find some small measure of inspiration in the skeletons in our athletic closet. In 1904, Harvard’s Graduates’ Magazine published the results […]

Outdoors: Boyhood, baseball, and a voice

It was almost 10 p.m. when we finally slipped out of the Briton Hadden Memorial Building and then out of New Haven last Thursday. There was a six hour drive between us and sleep, and even when we arrived, our heads wouldn’t get much pillow time. The alarm would be set for 5:30, I knew, […]

Rugby violates alcohol policy, awaits penalties

Yale’s rugby club is awaiting disciplinary rulings from both the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) and the University’s athletics department. The pending censure stems from accusations filed in an official report to NERFU by Commander Craig Corl, rugby coach at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. While official rulings have not […]

Outdoors: A chance not to be missed

This is no subtle ploy. “Put on your gear, prepare your heart;” this is a call to action! The gear here is no more than comfortable shoes to walk in. You can bring other things if you have them, perhaps a bicycle, fishing rod or canoe. Within the semicircular rim from West Rock around to […]