Articles in the Hiking Category
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By: Outdoor Afro Leader Viva Yeboah
This past Saturday, Outdoor Afro Chicago wrapped up 2013 with a hike along the Cap Saucer and Swallow Cliff loop in Palos Park, IL.
This loop is linked with several other trails that make up Cap Saucer Holdings Nature Preserve, the largest nature preserve in northeast Illinois. What is awesome about this nature preserve, is that is so close to Chicago, but still provides the peacefulness of nature. The trails have multiple uses including mountain biking, running, hiking and horseback riding.
Our hike consisted of 6 miles …
Health, Hiking, Leadership »
Alisha here, Outdoor Afro leader of Los Angeles. Sunday we were invited by the amazing Nkem Of TRE Los Angeles to learn tension release exercises. We were hosted by the stunning Village PlayGarden in the beautiful Altadena foothills.
We had a really great group that varied in age. We were all astounded at the highly effective yet simple exercises that allowed us to release tension and trauma. Even with the different ages, personalities and circumstances we were all able to experience relief.
We were able to connect to nature as well …
Hiking, Reflections, Urban Nature »
It’s Alisha, leader of Outdoor Afro Los Angeles. This last weekend we were honored to have Rue Mapp the founder of Outdoor Afro join us for the weekend of events. We started with hiking Kenneth Hahn Park in Baldwin hills. Here’s a view from the top.
We stayed along the new path that newly opened and we were able to see the runners, hikers, kids and parents alike enjoy the new space. Along the trail there’s exercise machines, trees, a butterfly garden and of course traffic. After all this is …
Hiking, History, National Parks »
by Outdoor Afro Leader Zoë Polk
At Outdoor Afro, we always take the opportunity to turn a day off into a “day out;” that is- a time to join together with our community in nature. This Veterans Day was a particularly unique day out for us because we set our intention to honor the heroes of Port Chicago and all of the African American veterans in our lives. Through a reflective and brisk autumn hike to the summit Mount Wanda on John Muir Historic Site, we valued our journey together just as …
african american, Education, Hiking, History, Reflections, Women »
By Outdoor Afro Leader Zoë Polk
An Outdoor Afro-Guided Tour of African American Women’s History in Richmond
As the last bit of sun disappeared along the horizon of the San Francisco Bay, Outdoor Afros gathered for a final check in of our hike of the Marina Bay Trail in Richmond, California. Going around the circle, we marveled at the African American history ingrained in the land around us. And we agreed that the beautiful waterfront setting was an honorable tribute to the women we’d learned about on our hike. As a slight …
Children, Family, Field Report, Hiking, Outdoor Afro Leadership Team, Place »
A blog by Outdoor Afro Leader Victoria Evans of Pennsylvania, who shares how visiting a cave with kids can cause a seismic shift in how they might perceive these natural treasures.
After the heat and haze of August, the day started with a refreshing crispness, which was good because there is a spectacular view from the top of Chestnut Ridge where the entrance to Laurel Caverns is hidden among the trees. Laurel Caverns is the largest cave in Pennsylvania with 3 miles of passages.
When I started planning this Outdoor Afro trip, I told …
Fun, Hiking, National Parks »
Written by Bay Area Outdoor Afro Leader Zoë Polk
Outdoor Afros aren’t ready to say good bye to summer yet! We’ve been enjoying the last few months of daylight savings time with some after work hikes. This week, we headed to Fort Funston in San Francisco. A park in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Funston offers incredible sunsets, crisp ocean air, and heart pumping hiking trails.
Is nature part of your after work routine?
Take an escape to the wilderness of Northwestern Montana with Outdoor Afro guest blogger Lamar Gore, an assistant refuge supervisor with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – originally posted on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service blog.
As a kid, I spent my formative years exploring “my wilderness” at Shady Brook Park and White City Lake (now John A. Roebling Park) in Trenton, NJ. I was teased because I played in the woods and swamps, but as a child I was fearless. And with a smile of encouragement from my …
Hiking, National Parks, Nature, Outdoors, Recreation »
By Cliff Sorrell, Outdoor Afro Leader
Bay Area Outdoor Afros Took the Challenge and Succeeded!
On June 8th, 27 Outdoor Afros set out to hike Mount Diablo to support the African American men and women hiking Mount Denali to reach the summit as our goal. The hike was a 7-mile hike loop trail with over 2,000 feet of elevation change in the open sun.
This was the most difficult hike Outdoor Afro has achieved to date in the region, and we had plenty of leaders on hand to help. I want to …
Children and Nature, Diversity, Expedition, Family, Hiking, Mothers, National Parks, Outdoor Afro Leadership Team, Urban Nature »
It’s Alisha, Outdoor Afro Los Angeles Leader. This Saturday June 8th we had a Temescal Canyon Hike planned in the Santa Monica Mountains to support the first African American group to hike Denali. So our hike was in support of the 10,000 steps to Denali trek. Our hike also coincided with National Outdoors Day.
We started our day at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook where there were activities planned for the kids. They had camping gear set up to show how to set up a camp.
Along with camping gear lessons they also …