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...]

5 Reasons to Make Cranksgiving an Annual Event

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For most of us, Thanksgiving is all about the three F's: Food, Football, and Family time. But as we unleash our inner glutton, fall into a food coma, and bicker with loved ones over some football player’s latest fail, it's important to remember those less fortunate. There are families across Arkansas who can't afford to put food on the table, much less partake in a Thanksgiving feast. And it's for … [Read more...]

Out of the Red and Into the Black – 2014

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I spent over 20 years on the battlelines of "Black Friday" working in both small camera shops and big box electronics stores. I got out before it started creeping into Thanksgiving, thank goodness. Although the phrase "Black Friday" seems evil and sinister, it started as the terminology used by shop owners for the day they would actually start making money for the year. That's right, many small … [Read more...]

ADEQ Launches Mobile Complaints App.

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(From ADEQ News Release) The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) today launched a mobile app that will allow users anywhere in the state to report environmental hazards directly from some smart phones. “Our inspectors do a great job, but they can’t be everywhere,” said Interim Director Ryan Benefield. “Enabling Arkansans to report environmental hazards in real time will allow … [Read more...]

Staying Chill for Five Years

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Fayettechill is proud to be celebrating its Five Year Anniversary as a business. What started as a small business between friends in college has quickly grown into a very real outdoor community open to all who are moved and motivated by nature. Fayettechill was founded in Fayetteville, AR where it is headquartered in the Ozark Mountain Smokehouse at the base of Mt. Kessler. Between its homes in … [Read more...]