Dive 'n Carve
Wiggle into your wetsuit, grab a clip-on knife, and get ready to eviscerate innocent gourds at the Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest in Florence, Oregon, on October 25. Festivities begin with a graceful dry-land fin sprint; then certified divers wrestle persistently buoyant pumpkins to the depths of Woahink Lake and begin carving, with prizes for scariest jack-o'-lantern. Entry fee is $10. Call 800-789-3483 for details.
Why should skiers and surfers have all the fun? Now dirtheads, too, can compulsively check current conditions on the Web's first singletrack-status site. The just-launched Southeast Trail Report (www.milestonepress.com) gives weekly updates on mud quotient, closings, and crowds at trails throughout the southeastern United States.
Jet-setting the Continent just got easier, now that Russia, England, Ireland, Germany, and Denmark have joined the new EurAir Pass system. (Think EurRail, but with 737s.) Available for purchase in North America only, the $90 one-way tickets (you must buy at least three) are good between 60 cities in 21 European countries. Call 888-387-2479 or visit www.eurairpass.com.