Articles in the Adventurers Category
Adventurers, Campfire, Camping, Leadership »
By: Viva Yeboah, Outdoor Afro Leader, Chicago
Recently, Outdoor Afro Chicago went on a fall overnight camping trip to Kankakee River State Park. Our group included a total of 16 members of all ages, background and with various camping experience. The 4,000 acre state park is about an hour south of Chicago and offers plenty of activities year around including camping, fishing, hunting, canoeing, horseback riding, biking and hiking.
In preparation for our trip, we held a pre-camping potluck meeting at REI Lincoln Park community room. We enjoyed food and beverages while …
Adventurers, Biking, History »
”Every great dream begins with a dreamer…” – Harriet Tubman
This morning we were delighted to receive a message from Erick Cedeño, who said, “I traveled back to the 1800′s from New Orleans, LA to Niagara Falls, NY…along the Underground Railroad by bicycle to become an eyewitness to history and follow the footsteps of the Freedom fighters.”
Erick is a fine example of how it is possible to find connection with community, the past, and most importantly, yourself through nature.
Click to learn more about his journey and what motivated him:
Adventurers, Fishing, Outdoors, Water »
By Outdoor Afro Leader Zoë Polk
For many outdoor afros, fishing has always been a family affair
When the alarm went off at 6:00 am on Saturday, I was tempted to hit the snooze button. But then I remembered that I was going fishing that morning, and a familiar feeling took hold. I arose from my bed, checked the weather report, made my lunch and packed up my fishing gear. It was natural routine and one that I had repeatedly observed my Dad do throughout my childhood.
Fishing by land and by boat, outdoor …
Adventurers, beaches, Field Report »
On a recent Outdoor Afro trip to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, nature once again stole the show. On a little rocky edge of our immense ocean life has chosen to stand its ground, holding on by employing tubed feet, serrated claws, sucker disc and mucus threads which dry like cement. It huddles in cracks and crevices, under stone, and even shallow depressions on the lee side of rock provides just enough protection against powerful tidal waves to give an organism a narrow margin of success.
And when the tide finally is in, life …
Adventurers, Biking, Community »
by Viva Yeboah
Last Saturday Outdoor Afro teamed up with Red Bike and Green-Chicago (RBG) for the Northside Community Ride in the Uptown and Roger Park neighborhoods. After a quick introduction and ice breaker, Eboni Hawkins, co-founder of RBG, gave us a rundown of traffic rules, road advice and details about the route we were taking.
Eboni giving us the traffic sign for “stop”
Our first stop was Winthrop Avenue Family Historical Garden in the Uptown neighborhood. Due to land covenants and legal segregation, the 4600 block of Winthrop Ave was the only area …
Adventurers, Community, Ideas »
Our friends over at Love’s Gumbo have produced a video to help you make the most of your road trip adventures. We especially appreciate their advice to stay alert to the unexpected, and mix up your fun with our National Parks along the way! What might you add to their great suggestions? Watch!
Adventurers, Birds, Breaking the Color Barrier in the Great Outdoors, Camping, Community, Diversity, Ideas, Outdoors »
By: Nkrumah Frazier, Outdoor Afro Leader, South Mississippi
It’s hard to believe that it has been 4 months since I spent 4 days on a mountain with a group of strangers. On Friday, April 19th 2013 a team of African American nature enthusiasts converged on a California mountain overlooking the town of Lucerne, CA and Clear Lake for a weekend of fellowship, conversation, learning and above all sharing and expanding a common passion of reconnecting to the outdoors. This was the first ever Outdoor Afro Leadership Training (OALT) event. This is …
Adventurers, Conservation, Environment, Outdoors, Women »
By Zoë Polk
As an urban dweller, I often look at maps of my city. Sometimes I’m looking at a map to find the fastest way home from work. A lot of times, I’m using a map to identify the best route to get out of the city and to the campground, hiking trail and/or swimming spot that I’ve been daydreaming about all week. Most recently, I pulled out a city map and asked “How can I turn my weekly trip to my neighborhood farmers’ market into an adventure?” My answer was a 5 mile hike that spanned four …
Adventurers, Ideas, Women »
We were tickled when Outdoor Afro Mika M. of the San Francisco Bay shared this fun image of her and her friends before taking a tour on a zipline this weekend.
For many, ziplining is a terrific way to take in the panoramic view of a forest canopy, with the exhilaration of gliding at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour! Why not explore the forest with minimal impact on the natural environment?
Would you do it?
Adventurers, beaches, History, Leadership, Place, Urban Nature »
by Zoë Polk
“I am a walker. Walked most of the major seaport cities of this country…. my favorite has always been and will be the city of St. Francis, San Francisco… To walk around Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park at seven o’clock on a cool, windy morning, with that fog rolling in from the ocean to smell the eucalyptus and the pine, not even your best wine is more intoxicant. Take Kennedy Drive to the Great Highway, stroll along Ocean Beach from the Cliff House to the zoo and …