Recreation: A Family Affair

The Mulberry River

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...]

Hike or Paddle or…

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...Both. This past weekend we spent some time exploring Fairfield Bay, Arkansas. Fairfield Bay is a small town of almost 2500 people, a resort community tucked into the north shore of Greer's Ferry Lake. Surrounded by the beautiful Ozark Mountains with access to one of Arkansas's pristine lakes, the town has a lot to offer visitors who enjoy the outdoors. We met local realtor, community … [Read more...]

A Year on the Water

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Laramy Ridley of Kayak Arkansas often shares videos of kayaking adventures throughout the Natural State. He recently shared a mix of trips from the last year. In this video you'll see Hawksbill Crag, Falling Water Falls, Richland Creek, Cossatot River, Goat Trail, North Fork Illinois Bayou, Snow Creek, Cadron Creek, Haw Creek Falls, Big Piney Creek, Pam's Grotto, Winona Spillway, Ouachita River, … [Read more...]

Kayaking the Mulberry River with Chuck Dovish

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"Exploring Arkansas," hosted by Chuck Dovish, is a high-adventure, outdoor show on AETN-PBS, which airs Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 5 p.m. My husband and I are fans of the show and supporters of the program’s mission. As a photographer, I've always admired Chuck's work, and recently contacted him about the possibility of shadowing him on assignment. It was during our first meeting … [Read more...]

There be dragons here

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UPDATE: For 2015, the Dragon Boat Races will be at a new venue - More information. Last weekend I fully expected to go do a little mountain biking on a new nearby trail with a friend. The plan included some trail maintenance and enjoying a day in the woods. But it rained, and then...it rained. For days before the weekend and even during the early hours of  the weekend it poured on the trail. … [Read more...]

Water, water….everywhere

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Looks like a good time for a float... Shortly after the Whitewater Canoe & Kayak School on the Mulberry River a few weeks ago, several intrepid kayakers and open boaters took to a first run on the Cossatot River. Thanks to Jeff Gannon for this video from the float. cossatot first timers show 2014 from Jeff Gannon on Vimeo. Also, Kayak Arkansas and Arkansas Outside contributor, … [Read more...]

Wet and Wild Wedding

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Editor's Note: To get the background on this wonderful story, check out Ginger's first story for Arkansas Outside - Paddles and Proposals. It was all I wished for and more. I am a dreamer and this day, April 26th 2014, the dream I had of not only a wedding but a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society became bigger than life. The connection between so many came together to create such an … [Read more...]

Winter Floating in Arkansas

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The rains of early January have given way to some great floats around the state this Winter. Here is some nice video that Laramy Ridley shared with us of Snow Creek/Illinois Bayou on a recent trip. Looks like a fun day of river running. Snow Creek / Illinois Bayou from Laramy Ridley on Vimeo. You can see more great kayaking video at KayakArkansas. … [Read more...]

Happy Canoe Year!

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Arriving at the Pinnacle Mountain parking lot, we found ourselves in an anthill of activity as boats were toted down from the trucks and shuttles were being set at the takeout. It was the first day of 2014, and Arkansas Canoe Club boaters from all over Central Arkansas were excited to start the new year with a float on the Little Maumelle. Quite a collection of kayaks and canoes developed at the … [Read more...]