The 2015 Byrd’s Mulberry River Cleanup

It was an honor and a privilege to work with Keep Arkansas Beautiful to coordinate The Byrd’s Mulberry River Cleanup again this year.  The event was a success with nearly 250 volunteers collecting over 1000 pounds of trash and recyclables.  Two schools attended The Field Science Day on Friday September 11: Mountainburg and Springdale High Schools.  The students, teachers and chaperones spent all … [Read more...]

Arkansas Trails Symposium

Mark your calendars for what should be a great weekend in the Ozarks. The Arkansas Trails Council will be hosting the 2015 Arkansas Trails Symposium on July 17-19 at Blanchard Springs Recreation Area near Mountain View. Great speakers are lined up to talk about Arkansas trails and trail projects. There will also be camping, guided cave tours—including, if you choose, a “Wild Cave Tour”—and a … [Read more...]

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

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...]

126 Miles of the Buffalo National River

Some people feel they must travel great distances for adventure. For Laramy Ridley and the Kayak Arkansas crew, there is plenty to be had right here in Arkansas. Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding for 126 miles on the Buffalo National River is serious adventure, particularly over time in various seasons and changing water levels.In Laramy's words, "I started in the fall of 2014 to SUP the … [Read more...]

Recreation: A Family Affair

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

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…

...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

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

"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

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 rained. For days before the weekend and even during the early hours of  the weekend it poured on the trail. … [Read more...]