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Keeping a bike parked outside?

New bike, new apartment and for the first time in my life I have to keep my bike outdoors. Any tips/tricks to keep it clean, safe and in working order when it's parked in my backyard? [more inside]
posted by thecjm on Mar 26, 2010 - 10 answers

 

Favorite gear for camping with toddlers?

Best gear for camping with a toddler? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Mar 17, 2010 - 6 answers

Can outdoor heaters and a tent actually transform a Chicago backyard into a party locale?

Is it reasonable, by way of a tent rental + heaters, to plan on holding a small backyard party in Chicago, in March, with a forecast indicating temperatures in the 40s/50s? [more inside]
posted by allisonrae on Mar 14, 2010 - 6 answers

How do I find trailheads?

I know the park exists. I know the trail exists. I have my hiking shoes, my camera, and a car. Now where the heck is the trailhead? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Feb 21, 2010 - 22 answers

The great outdoors for beginners.

How does a 35-year-old very urban dude living in New York becomes more outdoorsy? [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Feb 21, 2010 - 26 answers

Has anyone used the ColdAvenger?

Has anyone here used the ColdAvenger mask before, particularly if you have asthma? (Non-asthmatics also welcome.) [more inside]
posted by flod logic on Jan 24, 2010 - 2 answers

Where to go for free chin ups in NYC?

I want to do some chin ups and other random exercises outside in New York City... [more inside]
posted by melissam on Jan 18, 2010 - 5 answers

How to work in software, outdoors?

What kinds of jobs exist for software engineers who want to work outdoors? Rain, wind, sunshine, sleet, yes please!! [more inside]
posted by mjg123 on Nov 6, 2009 - 10 answers

naughty fun in broad daylight for a couple, possible?

Give us some ideas to have naughty fun in the day time. I don't know what I mean by naughty. really, I don't know. something risque. something fun. something we didn't do before but possible to do in the broad daylight. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2009 - 12 answers

Help me find vivid books about man in nature.

Help me find books of a particular genre, or collection of similar genres. Specifically, books on living in or traveling through nature that have visual, picturesque language about the landscape/scenery/ecology. [more inside]
posted by Stryke11 on Oct 11, 2009 - 17 answers

sports clothing for the large?

Hiking gear in XL? [more inside]
posted by LN on Oct 6, 2009 - 12 answers

Am I Going to Break My Puppy?

I just took my ~13 week old pit bull puppy to get spayed. The post-operative say to keep her indoors for 7-10 days . Right now, she's outside during the day with our other dog, and she's crated at night only. Can I expect this to go smoothly? [more inside]
posted by duckus on Sep 30, 2009 - 10 answers

I know the fifth anniversary gift is wood, but...

Is there a known Best Winter Hat for Cyclists? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2009 - 15 answers

Where to get wet and see something cool near denver?

Where is there an exciting swimming hole/lake/river near Denver? [more inside]
posted by mrgoldenbrown on Aug 19, 2009 - 4 answers

Help me find a new pair of sunglasses

I recently lost my sunglasses, and now I'm looking for a pair to replace them. Something <$100, polarized, good quality sharp lenses, and reasonably stylish preferred. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Bahro on Aug 12, 2009 - 7 answers

You know what they say about Ithaca...

In Ithaca, NY for a long weekend, what should I see and do? [more inside]
posted by anthropoid on Jul 30, 2009 - 25 answers

Forlorn Lakes WA

Has anyone been to the Forlorn Lakes in WA? Looking for hikes, etc. to do. [more inside]
posted by Jsn7821 on Jul 29, 2009 - 1 answer

Need a fast alternative to a rained out camping day in Massachusetts.

Need a fast alternative to a rained out camping day in Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Jun 19, 2009 - 5 answers

Where to go outdoors in the Pacific Northwest?

Where to hike, bike, or kayak between Yakima, WA and Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by j1950 on May 6, 2009 - 6 answers

Hiking near NYC

Does anyone know of a good hike near NYC? [more inside]
posted by JamesWilson123 on Apr 23, 2009 - 12 answers

Should I move to New York City or Seattle for city life as well as outdoors activities?

Does New York City or Seattle offer the better mix of city life and outdoorsyness? [more inside]
posted by biochemist on Mar 25, 2009 - 37 answers

"I see only the eye.""Then shoot, Arjuna, shoot!"

I want to take up archery. Does anybody know any places in Southern Ontario, specifically in or near Toronto or Hamilton? [more inside]
posted by shoebox on Mar 12, 2009 - 4 answers

Trails near Kailua

What are some good hikes or trails nearby Kailua Hawaii? [more inside]
posted by Jsn7821 on Mar 12, 2009 - 10 answers

Or will I be doomed to sit in a hotel room and gaze forlornly at the Arctic Circle?

Would it be worthwhile to go to the West Fjords of Iceland in springtime? [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious on Mar 3, 2009 - 7 answers

Hurricanes are not a substitute for carwashes

How do I take care of a car that's going to be outdoors all the time? [more inside]
posted by casarkos on Feb 27, 2009 - 18 answers

No one loves me- help me get out of town.

Where can I go camping within a day's drive of L.A. this coming weekend? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Feb 11, 2009 - 13 answers

1-3 Night backpacking in the Catskills, in the next 5-6 months.

Sometime from March to early summertime several of us would like to go on a backpacking trip from NYC. I need to hear about nice hikes in the Catskills. [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim on Jan 23, 2009 - 1 answer

Central NJ Spots'o'Beauty

NJ MeFi'rs: Looking for a nice outdoor spot to take my girlfriend tonight. Localized in Central Jersey. Ideas? (More criteria within) [more inside]
posted by aleahey on Dec 29, 2008 - 11 answers

Because it is inconvenient to drive with my hands in my pockets

Looking for water-resistant/proof, wind resistant, and warm mittens or gloves. Versatile enough to be able to drive with, but warm enough for extended walks outside and waterproof enough for snow shoveling, etc. Giant ski mittens are awesome, but somewhat limiting in dexterity. [more inside]
posted by sararah on Dec 22, 2008 - 12 answers

streaming itunes outdoors

How can I stream itunes outdoors? [more inside]
posted by raisingsand on Dec 4, 2008 - 14 answers

Whit's the game, back hame?

Calling Scottish MeFites and fellow Scottish diaspora - what's the job market like in Scotland at the moment, and am I mad to be considering moving back? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Dec 2, 2008 - 7 answers

Are there any alternatives to the (Boy|Girl) Scouts that are secular in nature?

I have a son, almost 12, and a daughter, 9, and have been thinking about getting them involved in more outdoor activities. They're home-schooled, so they do get the opportunity to get out and play in the yard and with a few other kids in the neighborhood, but I'd like them to be introduced to a wider range of activities that outdoors-type groups like the scouts might provide (and not being an outdoorsy-type myself, might be able to better instruct in), but I'm put off by both the nationalistic and religious overtones that seem to pervade the Scout oaths. I'd prefer something with more of a global/wildlife focus. [more inside]
posted by mboszko on Nov 2, 2008 - 33 answers

Patio furniture in NYC

Looking for good, inexpensive patio furniture in NYC [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan on Oct 17, 2008 - 1 answer

________ing in a winter wonderland

My fiancee and I are very outdoorsy. This summer we enjoyed hiking, mountain biking and kayaking. We're looking for some low-cost winter sports and outdoor activities so that we can continue to enjoy the great outdoors through the late fall, winter and early spring. [more inside]
posted by aleahey on Sep 9, 2008 - 12 answers

Happy camper. Or not...

I have scored a week long wilderness trip. Hurrah for me. Except the last time I went camping was when I was, oh, 14. And I hated it. This time, I'll be working as well as camping. So my question to you, gentle woodsfolk of Metafilter, is what can I do to make my week in the wild productive and fun? Rather than the living hell I remember camping to be. [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Aug 29, 2008 - 21 answers

Too many spiders!

I need spider control options, please! [more inside]
posted by pdb on Aug 8, 2008 - 7 answers

Seattle, yes. Hydroplanes, no.

I hate Seafair. Is there anything family friendly to do just slightly outside of the greater Seattle area? Bellingham, perhaps? Please, no zoos or waterparks; I've done them all already.
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Aug 1, 2008 - 8 answers

Dayhikes in the White Mountains

White Mountains Hiking. Need a great dayhike for two middle-aged women and two teens, all fit and adventurous. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jul 6, 2008 - 8 answers

Turn that frown upside down

What are some activities to do with an injured friend who needs to get out of the house? [more inside]
posted by handabear on Jun 30, 2008 - 8 answers

Illustrator that creates interiors with outdoor elements?

I'm looking for an illustrator that creates images of interiors with exterior elements. I know I've seen something like it at some point and this image evokes my memory of the style cues. I'm having trouble constructing a searchable phrase that will lead me there.
posted by suzen on Jun 24, 2008 - 2 answers

camping hacks

Give me your best camping hacks. [more inside]
posted by keith0718 on Jun 24, 2008 - 44 answers

Where should I take my mom hiking near Olympia, WA?

What's a good place to take my Mom hiking in the Olympia, WA area? She's got endurance for a decently long, steep walk, but she's afraid of heights and won't walk on loose or slippery surfaces. [more inside]
posted by scose on Jun 15, 2008 - 4 answers

BBQ Rubs and Sauces

The barbecue season is upon us (at least in the northern hemisphere), and I'm now in a place that allows outdoor grilling, but I'm a neophyte when it comes to BBQ sauces and rubs. [more inside]
posted by netbros on Jun 12, 2008 - 26 answers

Bike needs to lay off the twinkies

What's the best way to put my new bike on a diet? [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on May 22, 2008 - 13 answers

This all looks very familiar...

US backpacker bored with the Southern Deciduous Forest ecosystem. Any suggestions in the Southeast? [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Apr 14, 2008 - 11 answers

Where can I commune with nature near Baltimore?

Where can I commune with nature in Maryland? Tell me about the beautiful places I can go hiking within an easy drive of Baltimore, MD.
posted by killdevil on Apr 9, 2008 - 20 answers

LED Assistance

I am trying to buy a LED headlamp on ebay...they range in brightness from 8 to 30+ and the one I want is 8. Is that goint to be bright enough for pitching a tent in the dark? I tried to look up LED levels on the inter-web but all I found was scientific mumbo jumbo, can someone just tell me which one to buy please!? Thanks
posted by madmamasmith on Mar 29, 2008 - 13 answers

Women who live unconventional lives and the books that depict them

Women loners, recluses, survivalists, they lived alone and liked it that way. Which books details their lives? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Mar 16, 2008 - 27 answers

OUtdoor fun around DC?

Fun getaways near Washington DC? I am going to DC next week and want to do something fun outside. Perhaps a getaway or packages with hotels included. Anyone know of anything for this time of year for the outdoors types who also love luxury?
posted by tessalations999 on Mar 12, 2008 - 4 answers

HELP need cool texas getaway for fishing

I want to plan a trip for my bf's birthday. I live in TEXAS and want to find a cool cabin that sleeps at least 6 people with access to fishing. I would prefer a secluded area where he and his standoutish tattooed buddies can be noisy and not have to deal with neighbors or uptight rednecks.. [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith on Mar 10, 2008 - 2 answers

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