The 22 Rides of Christmas

(Update: It's now 22 rides) Following the grand spectacle of the International Mountain Bicycling Association World Summit in Bentonville, Arkansas is not an easy task. Letting the world in on the world-class mountain biking we enjoy on a daily basis was a pretty big deal. So what kind of event do we have to follow that? Luckily Paul and Melanie Norris stepped up and brought an idea from out … [Read more...]

Day Hiking – A Holiday Tradition

The forecast was for rain on Christmas day. As evidenced by our #OptOutside #GreenFriday hike, rain is not always a deterrent to a day hike. Of course, we can be flexible and realizing that we had the option of taking our yearly Christmas hike a day early in perfect weather, we jumped at it. The Christmas Day Hike is a long running tradition for the AO team. We've hiked Pinnacle Mountain, Petit … [Read more...]

Stuff Your Stocking

It's that time of year when many of us are scrambling to finish our holiday shopping or picking up those little treats to fill the stockings of friends and family. If you have outdoor fanatics in your circle,  Arkansas Outside's supporters have the goods to get your holiday shopping done with style. Head on over to Fayettechill Basecamp if you're in NWA, grab some Pendelton Woolen Mills socks … [Read more...]

Alternatives and Traditions

We have a few traditions around our household. Most are in some way wrapped around Halloween, we are a little obsessed with the heinous day. Another tradition is the Christmas Day Hike. There is something calming about getting out of the house on Christmas morning and entering the woods. We've begun including the dogs on recent trips, I think they enjoy the escape as much as we do. Our plan … [Read more...]

He sees you when he’s training

This year Santa has decided to forgo the sleigh giving the reindeer a break. Years of eggnog, fruit cake, sugar cookies and that period of time when he was schlepping  for a certain soda company had made St. Nick feel like a Bumble with no bounce. Tired of the "bowl full of jelly" and "Jolly" remarks, Santa decided his best bet to get back in the shape he was in during his Kris Kringle days … [Read more...]

Carrying on the Tradition

Well it was another Christmas Day with time saved for a little tradition that Lisa and I have, the Christmas hike. For some reason we often end up in a state park. Recent years have seen us taking our holiday hike at Pinnacle Mountain, Petit Jean, Lake Catherine and Lake Ouachita State Parks. For our trip this year we decided on Woolly Hollow State Park near Greenbrier, Arkansas. It's a beautiful … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Arkansas Outside

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season from Joe and Lisa, the Arkansas Outside Team. Thanks to all of our friends and family that have made Arkansas Outside possible. We are looking forward to a great year filled with playing outdoors. (and we hope you got some good toys for playing outside) Enjoy the Christmas video. http://youtu.be/yvTu2D3qCDA See you on a trail!   … [Read more...]

An Outdoor Reminder

It's easy to get caught up in the recreation outside, particularly if you're competing. For an athlete, being focused is the name of the game when trying to optimize your performance. But sometimes we just need to stop and look around at this wonderful world. During this season of thanks and appreciation for the things we have and the people we share our lives with, take a moment to realize just … [Read more...]

The Christmas Tradition Hike

Every year Lisa and I figure on a place to go to get away from the chaos that is Christmas Day. This usually results in a cold hike often times at our park of choice, Pinnacle Mountain State Park. This year we decided on a different venue for the hike so Christmas morning with the young one secure at her grandmother's house we set out for Lake Catherine State Park between Hot Springs and … [Read more...]

An Outside Christmas

Christmas is a special time for us. We are not really into a lot of traditions (this year we didn't even do a tree or lights). I wonder what the neighbors think sometimes when we get all extravagant for Halloween and don't do anything for Christmas? Actually we usually do lights and a tree, this year we opted for a family trip instead. We got back from our little trip the the Magic Kingdom a … [Read more...]