Forest bathing is the next big thing, and Arkansas is the perfect place to do it

We are a nation of achievers. That’s a good thing when it comes to growth, innovation and progress—after all, it wasn’t people sitting around fanning themselves and binge-watching television who put us on the moon or gave us smartphones. But it turns out that all this achievement may be taking a toll on our health. … Source: Forest bathing is the next big thing, and Arkansas is the perfect place … [Read more...]

At Cuyuna, MTB Trails Revitalize ‘Forgotten Region’ – GearJunkie

I recently visited Oak Ridge, Oregon where they had a similar situation. The timber industry had moved out and the town was looking for a way to revitalize itself. Mountain Biking was also their answer and I can't wait to go back. I can think of some great places to do this in Arkansas, in fact, it may be already happening, but that is for another time. In northern Minnesota, a small town … [Read more...]

The Economic Benefits of the Buffalo National River

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,463,304 visitors to Buffalo National River in 2015 spent $62,243,200 in communities near the park. That spending supported 969 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $72,009,000. “Buffalo National River welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Kevin Cheri. … [Read more...]

New Arkansas Mountain Biking Guide

The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism is all in on mountain biking in the Natural State. Not only did they send yours truly to Sin City to attend Interbike and tell everyone about our great state, they gave me this awesome brochure to share with folks. … [Read more...]

A Little Recognition Feels Good But…..

...sometimes it means so much more. Every year the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)  looks over applications and makes site visits to trails and communities around the world; I refer to this as the best job in the world. They do this to highlight the best trail systems and places to ride mountain bikes. Most of the general public, even many mountain bikers, are not familiar … [Read more...]

Bring’em On

Things are tough all over. I know this because they say so on the news all the time. Businesses closing, layoffs, too much food, not enough food, it's all very depressing. Over my many years on the planet, I've been in the middle of a bunch of it. But I remain optimistic. Sure, I'm one of those really annoying, "glass is half full and I know where we can get more water kind of guys". But even I … [Read more...]

Where did they come from?

Last week I posted an article on the 2011 Raid the Rock Adventure Race. The race organizers were kind enough to share the zip codes of the participants with me and I came up with this map: They did miss a zip code from Colorado (late entry) and you can see that this particular adventure race brought visitors to Central Arkansas from as far away as Iowa, South Carolina, Round Rock, Texas and … [Read more...]