Drinking with Sasquatch

(Sponsored post, Free Jerky!) “…The crisp/dry flavor of the beer actually enhances the beef jerky. Devoid of an overabundance of added flavorings, the simplified jerky becomes a salty treat; washed away quickly by the acidity of the beer, simply wonderful.” - Mitch Drinking with Sasquatch Last month Arkansas Outside began receiving solicitations to do reviews on various books, outdoor … [Read more...]

It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Hits a Bollard

The first Saturday in April started unlike most Saturdays of the past three and half years, there was no 4:30 or 5:00 a.m. alarm. The car was not already packed with biking, running, or paddling gear. The cameras weren't on the chargers and although there were several events that we could have attended or participated in, we decided to enjoy the day by cycling with friends. Our foursome of … [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...]

Beer and Baseball….

Last fall I attended Rocktoberfest at Dickey-Stephens Ballpark. It was a great night accentuated by a wonderful night time bike ride. Now that Spring has arrived (and seems to have moved right through to Summer) it's time again to visit the Ballpark, this time for FoamFest. According to the website: "The brews will be flowing, the tunes will be jamming and the taste buds will be watering … [Read more...]

Pi Day Camping Recipe

Arnold's Dutch Oven Frito Pie Recipe thanks to Pat & Heather Arnold Recipe Ingredients: 2 lbs of ground beef 2 small onions, diced 1 15-ounce can of tomato sauce 1 can each of kidney beans, black beans & corn 1 green pepper diced 1 bag of Fritos 1 bag of shredded cheese (taco flavor is good!) cumin, salt, pepper, garlic salt, chili powder to taste sour cream … [Read more...]

Hemmed-In-Hollow Backpacking Trip 2011 – Part 2

If you're coming across this and haven't read part 1 yet then start HERE. It was a pretty restful night, I think the sound of the water in the nearby creek helped. We had decided the night before that this was going to be our hike out day. The original plan was to do some long day hikes and then spend another night but the thought of a strong chance of rain Friday night followed by a cool, wet … [Read more...]

Hemmed-In-Hollow Backpacking Trip 2011 – Part 1

We often find that holidays are a good time to escape to more secluded parts of Arkansas. Last year we spent Thanksgiving weekend at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, AR. A few years back we took our youngest on her first backpacking trip during that weekend. Each time we do this we are reminded of how thankful we are to live in such a wonderful, diverse state. This Thanksgiving  it would be … [Read more...]

Bikes, Bridges and Beer (and Baseball?)

The Arkansas River Trail in Little Rock and North Little Rock is a transportation corridor. That's right, it allows access by bike or foot to all kinds of great venues not just during the day but also at night. For instance, Saturday night, Dickey-Stephens Ballpark in North Little Rock played host to the 9th Annual Little RocktoberFest. This annual gathering of home brew aficionados, local brew … [Read more...]

But Mom, it’s HOT outside!

“Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.” That has been quoted so many times, from Ann Landers to Lou Holtz, I have no idea whom to credit. But I think it’s appropriate for the story of a late summer camping trip at the lake. With temperatures in the upper 90s to triple digits and high humidity, it’s a perfect time to go camping for a family reunion. Right? While July is always a “hot” month … [Read more...]

When things go just slightly wrong

Our guest writer Lisa is a glutton for punishment and wanted to do another blog article. She was inspired by the recent Boy Scout incident at Albert Pike Recreation Center and how they did everything right.  This week one of the big news stories in Arkansas was about a Boy Scout troop from Louisiana that hiked in a part of the Albert Pike Recreation area that flooded last year, killing 20 … [Read more...]