GIRLS’ MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMPS BOOST SKILLS, CONFIDENCE
Vermont-based professional bike racers Lea and Sabra Davison run mountain bike programs for girls 7 to 16 years old to help build their skills, boost their confidence, and teach them about healthy lifestyles and setting goals. Their organization, Little Bellas, which started in Vermont almost 10 years ago, now runs half-day to overnight camps in Vermont and weekly programs in eight other states, including Massachusetts, California, Colorado, Arizona, and Minnesota. Female mentors in each region run these chapters. Weekly programs take place throughout the fall in Utah, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. Start planning now for next summer’s lineup, since many of the Vermont programs sell out in 10 minutes. Part of the draw may be the chance to learn from Lea Davison, a nine-time national champion and two-time Olympian (including Rio). Prices: $65-$320 for half- to full-day programs; $1,100-$2,300 for overnight camps. 518-768-7055, www.littlebellas.com.
CELEBRATE ALL THINGS MOOSE IN N.H.
Enter a moose-calling contest, savor moose chili, and wander around a Moose Cruise-In antique car show during the North Country Moose Festival in New Hampshire Aug. 26 and 27. The family-friendly event also features moose tours, evening hot air balloon rides, a craft fair, maple syrup tasting, bluegrass music, and dancing. Or attend a dog show, see Dana the Ventriloquist perform, go on a carriage ride, and watch the fireworks. The event takes place at three venues: in Colebrook, N.H., Aug. 26 (free admission noon to 8 p.m.), Canaan, Vt., Aug. 27 ($4 per person, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.), and Pittsburg, N.H. (free admission). 603-237-8939, www.chamberofthenorthcountry.com/moose-festival.html.
CELEBRATE THE FOG ON THE PACIFIC
If you visit the Bay Area in late September, don’t miss the 31st annual Pacific Coast Fog Fest in the city of Pacifica, located 15 minutes south of San Francisco. The free event, which takes place on the (historically) sunniest weekend of the month, Sept. 24 and 25, includes live music on three stages, more than 200 arts and crafts vendors, a parade and, new this year, a replica of the Jaguar-turned-hearse from the cult classic film “Harold and Maude,” the final scene of which was shot at the cliffs of Mori Point in Pacifica. Participants of all ages can join in a competitive 5-mile run or non-competitive 3-mile walk during the Fog Jog and Stride, see a sand sculpture as it’s created, and attend the Family Fun Fest, where they can make giant bubbles and paint a real car. 650-465-8645, www.pacificcoastfogfest.com.
TAKE A MONTH-LONG CRUISE THROUGH ANTARCTICA
Climb aboard a 116-passenger ship and sail from South America to New Zealand, exploring Antarctica’s largest ice shelf, the remote Ross Sea, and some of the least-visited spots on earth along the way. Oceanwide Expeditions’ 32-day trip, called Spectacular Ross Sea, departs Ushuaia, Argentina, on Jan. 13, 2017 and arrives in Bluff, New Zealand on Feb. 14. Travel on the Ortelius, an ice-strengthened vessel with two helicopters for accessing the driest place on earth, called the Dry Valleys, and landing on the Ross Ice Shelf, a glacier nearly the size of France. Weather-dependent, passengers will also visit volcanic Peter I Island, sail to Campbell Island, which is home to the southern royal albatross, and see the historic huts of explorers Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott. The Dutch polar cruise company runs the same trip in reverse Feb. 15 to March 17, 2017. $19,950 per person, includes voyage, meals, and activities. 800-453-7245, www.oceanwide-expeditions.com.
KEEP TABS ON YOUR BELONGINGS
Locate your belongings quickly with a new Bluetooth tracker called Voilà!, made in France. The tracker is thinner than a pack of gum, and can be attached to your keys, suitcase, dog, wallet, or anything that has a tendency to wander away or get misplaced. Also use it to track down your parked car or bike. Download the Wistiki by Starck app, connect the tracker to your phone by Bluetooth, and activate the tracker. Then use it to locate your Voilà! tracker, which will set off a 90-decible jingle (about as loud as a vacuum cleaner). Or use the Voilà! to locate your phone, even if it’s on silent or vibrate mode, by pressing a button on the tracker. $56. www.wistiki.com.
A TRAVEL-SIZE THERMOMETER
Make room in your toiletries bag for the Thermo Smart Temporal Thermometer, made by Cambridge-based Withings. This sophisticated FDA-approved thermometer has 16 infrared sensors that take more than 4,000 measurements as you sweep it across your forehead. No contact needed, so you can take someone else’s temperature without disturbing the person. The temperature reading gets displayed on the side of the 2.8-ounce, mini flashlight-sized device. Download the Withings app and use it to track temperature readings for multiple people, send out reminders, create a health journal to keep track of a sick person’s symptoms and medications, and receive medical advice that’s based on a person’s age, fever history, and symptoms. $99.95. www.withings.com.