Keeping it Human Powered and Outside

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Arkansas Outside recently asked for our help by sharing with them the Human Powered, Outside Weekend we had recently. And being the good Boy Scout I am, I am happy to comply. And by “Boy Scout” I mean I’m a girl. And by “asked for our help” I mean AO simply blogged about wanting readers to share their own stories of adventure. This article is completely unrequested, but I know where Joe and Lisa … [Read more...]

Running for Heifer

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So... it's not a REAL adventure until there's BLOOD, right?!? It began for me with a field trip to the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, AR on Friday with my Spanish I students. We toured the Global Village, visited the animals, milked a goat, and watched a video followed by a discussion of what exactly is Heifer International. It was such a gorgeous day! I've been taking students to the … [Read more...]

Slobberknocked

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When you head due west out of Little Rock, things get pretty rugged, pretty fast. The first signs are the rock outcrops visible on Pinnacle Mountain and Rattlesnake Ridge. Once you get past Lake Maumelle and near the highway 10/highway 9 intersection at Williams Corner, you find yourself in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. Camp Ouachita, near Lake Sylvia, is a popular staging area … [Read more...]

Hoof it for Heifer 2015

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The Hoof it for Heifer 20K trail has become a favorite for Central Arkansas trail runners. The race on the Boy Scout Trail at Petit Jean State Park is in its fourth year and is earning a reputation as a challenging and beautiful run. For many of the runners, this race is a warm down to running the Ouachita Trail 50K. It's always a treat to see friends and families running together in all kinds of … [Read more...]

It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Hits a Bollard

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The first Saturday in April started unlike most Saturdays of the past three and half years, there was no 4:30 or 5:00 a.m. alarm. The car was not already packed with biking, running, or paddling gear. The cameras weren't on the chargers and although there were several events that we could have attended or participated in, we decided to enjoy the day by cycling with friends. Our foursome of … [Read more...]

Thanks for your Support

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The past three and a half years have been incredible for our fledgling little...whatever the heck this is. By far the best thing has been all the new friends we've made across the state. Passionate, active people who enjoy the outdoors continue to support us and have done a lot to make all of this possible. The State of the Industry As far as outdoor, participatory sports go, Arkansas is … [Read more...]

The Inaugural Brewha Bushwhack

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It’s March 21st early on a Saturday morning at Byrd's Adventure Center, the day is just getting started and it’s still a bit cold with the sun behind the clouds. There is excitement in the air, no one knows quite how this event is going to go. Race organizers Pack Rat Outdoor Center kept everything very secret. All the teams are in front of the pavilion anxiously waiting for Rick to call the teams … [Read more...]

Recreation: A Family Affair

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Remember how it feels to be excluded, or feeling less than adequate because you haven’t quite mastered a skill?  Perfection, accomplishment, praise, recognition, attention drives you to keep trying, practicing, learning, reaching, for some sense of mastery. Current research indicates many positive health outcomes resulting from participation in recreational programs. Among these health outcomes … [Read more...]

What to do with all this water

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Spring can be pretty wet in Arkansas but that doesn't mean you can't still have some fun. In fact, fun is exactly what you should have. Here is a video that our friends at Kayak Arkansas did on Haw Creek. Welcome to the season. Haw Creek from Kayak Arkansas on Vimeo.    … [Read more...]

Styx’n’Stones 2015

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The Styx’n’Stones trail run in Devil’s Den state park was one I’d been wanting to try for awhile and this year I finally made the trip from Little Rock up to Northwest Arkansas to run the trail at Saturday at 8am. This would be my first time running the event though I had visited and hiked some of the trails in Devil’s Den state park several years ago. I was camping at Devil’s Den for a weekend … [Read more...]