Autumn in Provence is perfect

This Sept. 19, 2016 photo shows a winery worker in the Provence region of France transferring ripe grapes into a bin as the harvest gets underway. (AP Photo/Sally Carpenter Hale)

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France — You can keep Paris in April. For me, the allure is Provence in September.

Biking across Lake Champlain on an old rail causeway

In this July 22, 2017 photo taken in Colchester, Vt., bicyclists ride on the Island Line Trail bike path on an abandoned railroad causeway from the Vermont mainland to the Lake Champlain islands. The seasonal ferry on the three-mile section of the Island Line Trail bike path carries cyclists across the opening in the causeway so they can reach the islands. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

SOUTH HERO, Vt. — Abandoned rail lines have been converted into recreation paths all over the United States. But the Island Line Trail in Vermont is unusual: It includes a causeway that runs across the open waters of Lake Champlain, from the Vermont mainland to the island community of South Hero. And that causeway includes a gap to allow boats through.

Tree tents get campers off the ground

Ricardo Bottome, of Treepod, is shown at the Treepod display during Outdoor Retailer show Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Salt Lake City. Hybrid hammock-tents that allow people to sleep under the stars or chill out while dangling from the trees are growing in popularity among outdoor enthusiasts who are embracing the idea of these portable treehouses. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Campers and outdoor enthusiasts are embracing a unique way to sleep under the stars while in the mountains or at the beach — dangling between trees on hybrid hammock-tents that get them off the ground and into portable treehouses that soothe their inner child.

Fit couples share tips on working out

This undated photo provide by Jamie Hess shows Jamie and George Hess working out together in New York City. It's tempting to blow off a workout, but getting sweaty with your significant other makes a workout more fun and ups the intensity ante.(Jamie Hess via AP)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — It’s hot and sticky outside, all your friends are at the beach or at brunch. It’s tempting to blow off a workout, but getting sweaty with your significant other definitely ups the fun factor and makes it easier to stick to. We asked some of our favorite swolemates (that’s internet speak for soul mates who like to get swole, as in muscular or swollen, together) about the creative ways they sneak in a workout and how it has improved their relationships.

Athlete overcomes paralysis to race, coach again

In this Thursday, June 8, 2017 photo, Beth Sanden trains for a marathon on her hand cycle in San Clemente, Calif. During a bike training accident for an Ironman competition Sanden became partially paralyzed and now helps other triathletes with similar injuries train. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — When Beth Sanden crashed her bike after speeding over a wet, broken patch of asphalt 15 years ago, the elite endurance athlete was left paralyzed. She figured her competition days were over, along with her career as a personal trainer and triathlon coach.



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