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Hot air balloons top bucket lists

By ALAN OLSON For The Times Leader COLUMBUS — The oldest form of flight by mankind still remains popular, as people continue making plans to take hot air balloon rides as a popular summertime adventure, Numerous agencies exist within driving distance to take part in the most colorful ...

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Hiking for health and adventure

By CASEY JUNKINS For The Times Leader WHEELING —Whether you want to burn hundreds of calories in an effort to lose weight or are looking for a more leisurely experience, hiking offers a variety of opportunities. From Barkcamp State Park and Dysart Woods in Belmont County to Oglebay Park ...

Skydiving offers fun and education

By DREW PARKER For The Times Leader CANTON — In Alliance, Ohio, skydiving is a tradition for Rodger Conley. As owner of Canton Air Sports, Conley offers tandem skydiving with complete beginners’ courses and more at his business, which he started 42 years ago. It is open seven days a ...

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Children’s activity grows up

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer LOUNDONVILLE, Ohio — A fun activity many of us recall from childhood, tree climbing has become a sport to be enjoyed by all ages thanks to innovations in scaling the towering trunks. One business that facilitates tree climbers is Natural Fit ...

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The height of adventure: Climbing, rappelling at Hocking State Forest

By JANELL HUNTER Times Leader Staff Writer ROCKBRIDGE, Ohio — Imagine dangling 100 feet above the ground, making your way up a sheer rock face. If that type of adventure appeals to you, you may want to visit an area of the Hocking State Forest that has been set aside for rock climbing ...