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...]

Celebrate 100 Years with 100 miles

January 1st marks the beginning of the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial celebration and the seven National Park Service sites in Arkansas will kick off the celebration by launching the Centennial Iron Ranger Challenge – a year-long program to encourage visitors to “Find Your Park” and improve their health and fitness by completing 100 miles of physical activity over the course of the … [Read more...]

Getting Techie Outdoors

There you are on the trail, you've been moving along for the last hour not really paying attention to several different intersections along the way. You've taken the path you felt was right in your heart. Now that you've stopped for some water and some nourishment you realize, you have no idea where you are. So you pull out your trusty phone only to see that the Google map says that you are in the … [Read more...]

Mount Nebo Trails – Part 2

You really should start with Part 1 ...Lunch was good and soon we were ready for round 2. Our plan was to head down the Rim Trail again but at Gum Springs we would head down to the Bench Trail, playing it by ear from there. The trailhead for the Gum Springs Trail is very close to our cabin. Another Civilian Conservation Corps trail, it heads down some wonderful switchbacks and under a … [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...]