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Matt Dickerson: Opening weekend on the water

Posted on April 18, 2019 |
By Matt Dickerson



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By Monday afternoon, I was beginning to hear reports of flooding around Vermont. Heavy rain moving in on Sunday, combined with plenty of snow still melting on the higher elevations of the Green Mountains, had the rivers raging. The White River was over its banks on Route 107. Otter Creek rose a yard over its flood stage in Rutland. The Winooski had also crested official flood stage in Essex Junction.

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Matt Dickerson: Eagles, elk and an empty nest

Posted on April 4, 2019 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Last week began with the end of my cross-country ski season. It ended with the beginning of my fishing season.

It wasn’t the opening of Vermont’s general trout season. That doesn’t come for another week. And it wasn’t my first fishing of 2019. I’d headed across the bridge to New York a few weeks earlier to chase some steelhead in a Lake Champlain tributary. But it was spring break, and that led to my first real fishing trip of 2019.

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Matt Dickerson: When spring starts

Posted on March 21, 2019 |
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Matt Dickerson: No comfort in the North

Posted on March 7, 2019 |
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When my nephew Brad rumbled into Middlebury in his Chevy Blazer for his first year of college, my wife and I knew we were in for a four-year ride. It wasn’t that his Blazer was painted in camo colors or that he’d named it “Southern Comfort.” The real clue was that the vehicle was loaded with toys from floor to roof — plus another three feet above the roof. Mostly they were outdoor toys: snowboard; kayak; mountain bike; climbing, camping, fishing and hunting gear. The boy loved the outdoors. He also loved to play.

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Matt Dickerson: One week, two days, two Nordic centers, two conditions

Posted on February 21, 2019 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Matt Dickerson: Melting down, still thankful

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
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In the midst of our ongoing yo-yo winter of melt-downs alternating with arctic blasts — the latter of which admittedly haven’t been nearly as intense in Vermont as in the Midwest — my wife and I managed to get out into the woods on our cross-country skis a couple times. And despite the many days when conditions simply didn’t encourage or even allow an outing, I’ve found myself appreciative of just how good we have it in Addison County.

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Matt Dickerson: A seaweed classroom

Posted on January 31, 2019 |
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It’s Tuesday morning. I’m standing with a dozen Middlebury College students listening to a biologist teach us about [dramatic pause] seaweed.

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Matt Dickerson: 2019: National parks and the shutdown

Posted on January 10, 2019 |
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I’ve been thinking a lot about national parks lately.

One reason is that in a few days I’ll be heading to Acadia National Park for a four-day trip with 12 college students who are taking my class on narrative non-fiction nature writing. I’m a little nervous about the weather we might encounter in January on the coast of Maine, and how that will impact various planned field trips around Mount Desert Island. I’m even more nervous because of the impact on the park (and on our visit) of the current federal government shutdown.

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Matt Dickerson: A meditation on waiting

Posted on December 20, 2018 |
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Matt Dickerson: Eulogy to a nature lover

Posted on November 29, 2018 |
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I don’t write many words about the outdoors or nature that do not, at some point, reflect the life, love and influence of my mother, Clara May Riddle Dickerson.

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