The View from Above

The view over Siloam Springs

Initially, I met Wolf Grulkey and his crew from Skydive Sky Ranch at Byrd’s Adventure Center at their event “Borat’s Skydivers’ Boogie”.  I was excited to learn that there would be a Skydiving event at Byrd’s this year. Skydiving was on my bucket list, and I love flying, so I was naturally curious. I’ve flown in commercial jet planes, Cessna's and helicopters….with the doors or windows off if … [Read more...]

Double Barrels of Fun

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Have you ever watched the biathlon in the Olympics and thought, “ Wow! That would be so cool to do, but on a mountain bike?” If so, you’re not alone. The mountain bike biathlon dream came alive in all its glorious splendor on April 11 with the Double Barrel near Bentonville. For you non-Olympiads, the biathlon is a winter sport that pairs cross-country skiing with rifle shooting. As in, you ski … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Adventure Within Adventure

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The car in front of us suddenly slams on the brakes and slides quickly into the neighboring lane between two cars, leaving us no choice but to hit the mattress lying in the middle of I-40. Bodies bounced, cupcakes that had been carefully placed on a cake plate also bounced, leaving the icing splattered all over the inside of the carrier. In trying to fix the upended cupcakes, icing ended up in the … [Read more...]

Color in the Winter Woods

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Hiking everyday in nature is a new adventure.  Most days bring something interesting and a lot of days something new and exciting.   Having the camera ready to capture my finds, of course,  is a plus.  It’s exciting to share my photos and to bring others into the beauty of nature I get to experience daily. Lisa Mullis wrote about Winter Hikes a couple of weeks ago and I have to agree, … [Read more...]

Incomplete Streets

Where the sausage is made.

Tuesday night I headed over to Little Rock City Hall with the hope of seeing history in the making. After over four years of waiting, various groups including pedestrians, cyclists, parents, seniors, visitors, commuters, shoppers, workers...heck, ordinary citizens were finally going to see our beautiful city take its first real steps to being a walkable, bikeable town; a town where you don't have … [Read more...]

2014 – The Year in Pictures

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It was another big year for Arkansas and Arkansas Outside. New events like the Arkansas Enduro, Little Rock Gran Fondo and the Village Creek Trail Run plus the return of events like the 3 Bridges Marathon and the Scott-Tucker-Scott Bike Race made 2014 a year to remember. During the year we tried everything from Dragon Boat racing to Cyclocross to racing a train. We enjoyed the rewards of … [Read more...]

Stuff Your Stocking

Baa Baa Baselayers are on Santa's wishlist

It's that time of year when many of us are scrambling to finish our holiday shopping or picking up those little treats to fill the stockings of friends and family. If you have outdoor fanatics in your circle,  Arkansas Outside's supporters have the goods to get your holiday shopping done with style. Head on over to Fayettechill Basecamp if you're in NWA, grab some Pendelton Woolen Mills socks … [Read more...]