Archive for February, 2018

Book your Vermont Summer or Fall Hiking & Kayaking!

February 22, 2018

Book your Vermont Summer or Fall Hiking & Kayaking! Even though its winter, reservation are coming in for ATA’s Hiking & Kayaking Vacation. For information call 1-888-855-8655 or check out

February’s Newsletter

February 13, 2018

We are currently taking reservation for the 2018 season that runs from May 25th through October 15th. For more information call 1-888-855-8655

Aeolus Update: ATA’s Beagle Mascot

Aeolus is doing well but is really missing hiking and kayaking season. we have been visiting the local dog parks to keep him in shape. As for his health, we will be going next month to check on his heart murmur to see if it has got worse. Once again, he was a spoiled dog at Christmas, with lots of wrapped gifts that he loves to unwrap himself. You can see video on ATA’s YouTube and Facebook webpages. Aeolus has anew habit, when someone comes to my house his must sniff their car and if possible will jump in side and check it out. He has even jumped in the UPS and FedEx delivery trucks. What a character!

Aeolus is named after a cave myself and a friend dug open a blocked passage discovering the largest cave in New England back in 2000. The cave is named after the mountain, Mount Aeolus. Aeolus was the custodian of the winds in Greek mythology.

Hiking Tip: Day Hiking Checklist

Intentionally comprehensive so you don’t forget anything, our checklist for day hikers starts with the required Ten Essentials. Adapt those and the remaining items on the list based on weather and the remoteness of destination, as well as the hiking experience and preferences of your group. The main safety tool is to leave two itineraries, one left with family or friend and one left under your car seat. Also don’t forgot post-hike snacks, water, towel, and clothing change.

Hiking Checklist: The Ten Essentials

For safety, survival and basic comfort, bring these on every hike:

  1. Electronics & Navigation
  • Map
  • Compass

Route description or guidebook

  • Cellphone
  • GPS
  • Camera and accessories
  • Personal locator beacon
  1. Sun protection
  • Sunscreen
  • SPF-rated lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  1. Insulation: When packing, avoid cotton and adjust each layer based on the forecast; always prepare, too, for the chance that conditions will turn colder, wetter and windier.
  • Wicking T-shirt or long-sleeve top
  • Wicking underwear or long-underwear bottoms (women’s, men’s)
  • Socks
  • Quick-drying pants or shorts
  • UPF-rated shirt
  • Sun hat and/or rain hat
  • Insulating hat or headband
  • Insulating fleece or soft-shell jacket or vest and pants
  • Bandana or Buff
  • Mosquito net clothing
  • Rain jacket
  1. Illumination
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  1. First-aid supplies & Toiletries
  • First-aid kit (see our First-Aid Checklist)
  • Insect repellent
  • Whistle
  • Toilet paper
  • Sanitation trowel
  • Menstrual and urinary products
  • Waste bag(s)
  • Hand sanitizer
  1. Fire
  • A lighter or matches in a waterproof container
  1. Repair tools and kit
  • Knife or multi-tool
  • Repair supplies: Duct tape, zip ties etc,
  1. Nutrition
  • Food for the day, plus extra food
  • Lunch utensils

Energy beverages or drink mixes

  1. Hydration
  • Water bottles or hydration reservoir
  • Water filter or other treatment system
  1. Emergency shelter
  • Tent, tarp, bivy or reflective blanket

ATA’s DVD Recommendation: The Future of Food

Before compiling your next grocery list, you might want to watch filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia’s eye-opening documentary, which sheds light on a shadowy relationship between agriculture, big business and government. By examining the effects of biotechnology on the nation’s smallest farmers, the film reveals the unappetizing truth about genetically modified foods: You could unknowingly be serving them for dinner. 2004 NR 90 minutes

Healthful Living Tip:

Ten Easy Tips to Live By

Eating healthily is all about balance. Every now and then it’s perfectly OK to have pie for dinner or a nice slice of cake at teatime, treats are a part of life but it’s also important to recognize when we’re pushing things too far. Indulgent food should be enjoyed and savored, but only occasionally it’s important to remember that the majority of our diet should be made up of balanced, nutritious everyday foods. Make healthy food a priority in your life and allow it to bring your family and friends together. Learn to love how it makes you feel, how delicious it is and remember that a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise are the keys to a healthy lifestyle.

Cook from scratch: This is one of the most important life skills you can learn. It allows you to have complete control of what goes into your food.

Eat a balanced diet: Aim to eat a balanced diet that contains each of the food groups in the correct proportions.

Variety is key, eat the rainbow. Fill your diet with a wide range of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, eggs, pulses, nuts, seeds, wholegrains and naturally low-fat dairy foods. When it comes to fruit and veg, different colors provide your body with the different nutrients it needs to stay strong and healthy it’s not just greens that are good for you!

Understand what you’re eating: Make an effort to learn about the food you’re eating, we all need to understand where food comes from and how it affects our bodies.

Eat nutritious calories: Make sure the majority of your energy intake comes from nutritious calories that also provide your body with nutrients like vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber and good fats. Avoid empty calories.

Don’t skip breakfast: Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism and helps you to be alert and awake throughout the day. Make sure you always eat a nutritious breakfast. Make it wholesome and make it count.

Read the small print: It’s important to read packaging correctly. Be aware of the recommended portion sizes, and the sugar, salt and saturated fat contents. Remember that not all E-numbers are bad, but too many are often a bad sign.

Drink more water: Water is an essential part of your diet. Drink plenty of water and avoid empty calories from things such as fizzy drinks, energy drinks or juices with added sugar. Eat your calories don’t drink them.

Keep active: Exercise is an extremely important factor in staying healthy so try to be as active as you can.

Sleep well: Make sure you get enough sleep – it’s an essential part of being healthy and directly affects how well we are able to learn, grow and act in life. While we’re asleep, our bodies have that all-important time to repair.

Healthful Living Recipe:

Almond-Honey Power Bar

Great for breakfast on the go! Golden roasted nuts, seeds and oats are enveloped by flavorful almond butter in these delectably chewy, no-fuss energy bars. Unrefined turbinado sugar adds a deep caramelly undertone. Feel free to use light brown sugar instead. Bars stored at room temperature will be softer than those that are refrigerated.

Ingredients: 8 servings

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

¼ cup slivered almonds

¼ cup sunflower seeds

1 tablespoon flaxseeds, preferably golden

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

1 cup unsweetened whole-grain puffed cereal (see Note)

⅓ cup currants

⅓ cup chopped dried apricots

⅓ cup chopped golden raisins

¼ cup creamy almond butter (see Note)

¼ cup turbinado sugar (see Note)

¼ cup honey

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

⅛ teaspoon salt

Preparation: Active 30 minutes and ready In 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch-square pan with cooking spray.

Spread oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds and sesame seeds on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Bake until the oats are lightly toasted and the nuts are fragrant, shaking the pan halfway through, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Add cereal, currants, apricots and raisins; toss to combine.

Combine almond butter, sugar, honey, vanilla and salt in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low, stirring frequently, until the mixture bubbles lightly, 2 to 5 minutes.

Immediately pour the almond butter mixture over the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon or spatula until no dry spots remain. Transfer to the prepared pan. Lightly coat your hands with cooking spray and press the mixture down firmly to make an even layer (wait until the mixture cools slightly if necessary). Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes; cut into 8 bars.

Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month; thaw at room temperature.

Ingredient notes: For this recipe, we like unsweetened puffed multi-grain cereal, such as Kashi’s 7 Whole Grain Puffs.

Almond butter can be found at natural-foods stores and large supermarkets, near the peanut butter.

Turbinado sugar is steam-cleaned raw cane sugar. It’s coarse-grained and light brown in color, with a slight molasses flavor. Find it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets or at natural-foods stores.

Storage smarts: For long-term freezer storage, wrap your food in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. The plastic will help prevent freezer burn while the foil will help keep off-odors from seeping into the food.