An Invitation to The Great River Cleanup

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It’s time for “The Great River Cleanup” campaign promoted by Keep Arkansas Beautiful. Pamela and Zen Byrd Boulden of Byrd’s Adventure Center, Jacob Gould of GreenSource Recycling and I are coordinating an all-day event – picking up litter along the Mulberry River and area trails along the Mulberry River.  The date is set for Saturday, September 12, 2015. Registration and drop off will be at Byrd's … [Read more...]

Cereal Cyclists

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Because hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation, Spokes Little Rock/Cranksgiving Little Rock set out to help THV and Arkansas Foodbank with their annual cereal drive. The end of the school year often marks the end of a guaranteed breakfast for almost 23% of Arkansas children.  The cycling community really came together and used this opportunity to directly make a contribution and a difference in … [Read more...]

8 Adventure Dates in Arkansas

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Arkansas has an abundance of romantic getaways, places where couples can wine and dine, maybe enjoy a walk or a movie or a play or a museum. But some of us like a little adventure with our romance; unique experiences to be shared with someone special that might even involve a little sweat or dirt or both. Arkansas has us covered for that kind of romance too. Here are 8 ideas, just to start with, … [Read more...]

Trail Fairies Wear Boots

Arkansas Trail Fairy, caught in the act.

Yeah, fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me Yeah I saw it, I saw it, I tell you no lies Yeah Fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me I saw it, I saw it with my own two eyes, Oh all right now! - Black Sabbath Whether you are hiking, running or cycling on a trail in Arkansas, you are taking advantage of work performed by what are known as Trail Fairies. Arkansas Trail Fairies have … [Read more...]

An annual Father’s Day tradition on the Buffalo River and NO MOMS ALLOWED!

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With Father's Day coming up, it's time for my annual Father's Day tradition.  For the past half decade, this has involved going on a father-child canoe camp out on the Buffalo National River.  There are only two rules for the weekend: 1) Absolutely, positively, NO MOM'S ALLOWED, and 2) You're not allowed to NOT have fun.  The tradition was started by a couple of friends of mine (Nate Siria and … [Read more...]

Better Together

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Arkansas Outside doesn't usually cover social events, but this weekend we attended what could be considered the social event of the season. The nuptials were planned for Saturday night. The couple of the hour, Stacy Tierney and Steven Long, lined up as they had on so many other Saturday mornings since they met, surrounded by several hundred cyclists. Instead of spending the entire day mired … [Read more...]

Cranksgiving in June

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Well heck, why not? If you can have Christmas in July, you can certainly have Cranksgiving in June. Next month, starts THV-11's and the Arkansas Foodbank Cereal Drive. THV-11's "This Morning" show and the Arkansas Foodbank Cereal Drive have been teaming up every summer since 2000 to help those in the Foodbank's 33-county service area have food to eat for breakfast. The cereal drive is a … [Read more...]

Keeping Your Head Above Water

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When the Arkansas River starts flooding in Central Arkansas, one of the first places hit is the North Little Rock side of the Arkansas River Trail and adjoining parks. High water can make the area dangerous and riding some of the wet, natural surface trails can be bad for them. North Little Rock Parks and Recreation is managing the situation and has sent on the following request and … [Read more...]

The View from Above

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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...]