Articles in the Recreation Category
Hiking, Leadership, Recreation, Reflections »
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 …
Outdoors, Place, Recreation, Reflections, Relevancy, Urban Nature »
We just came back from Outdoor Retailer, the largest outdoor lifestyle show of its kind in the country where leaders discussed how the industry might welcome people who are both “outdoorsy”, and “outsidey” This message rings true to our work that always strives to share the wide range of black connections to nature.
In our Facebook feed today, the range could not be clearer between the two images above: one of friend and poet Camille Dungy with her family hiking for a good cause; the other of several friends enjoying their …
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 …
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By Alisha Pye, Los Angeles Outdoor Afro Leader
So we went hiking above the Mountain Gate Country Club again, but this time we decided to mix it up a bit. So we decided to go off the fire trail and hike the hills. This was a great hike although we had fewer people we had a very diverse group, ranging from a mom wearing her 6 month baby, to a 9 year old cross country runner.
This hike was particularly challenging for me because I’m very afraid of heights and cliffs, both …
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Adventurers, Film, Fun, Recreation, Rivers, Water »
Congratulations to our video contest winner, Outdoor Afro Miles Maxey who showed off the fun of the Jim Dandy Ski Club, an African American adventure club, on the Huron River in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Miles is the winner of a pair of KEEN shoes for sharing such a wonderful and fun connection to nature!
This blog and contest was sponsored by the Georgia River Network
Adventurers, Americas Great Outdoors, Breaking the Color Barrier in the Great Outdoors, Diversity, Expedition, Hiking, Nature, Parks, Recreation, Reflections, Rivers, Uncategorized, Urban Nature, Water »
Morgan Powell is a landscape designer who edits Bronx River Sankofa on You Tube and Facebook. He is passionate about New York’s Bronx River and its African American heritage. Here is Morgan’s second submission in a three-part series to highlight the generous yet delicate resource of the Bronx River:
I’ve just taken my fellow Whole Communities alumni Audrey and Frank Peterman’s challenge to enjoy my local natural treasures. The Petermans wrote the Outdoor Afro classic Legacy on the Land. I saw a vast natural place outside of my normal travel patterns both arresting …
Hair, Recreation, Relevancy, Rivers, Water »
We sure hope not!
Earlier this year, I was so excited to present in Atlanta for Keeping it Wild to share how outdoor organizations might be more relevant through meaningful partnerships. I appreciated the candor and honesty of the audience, many of whom took the time to share their successes and challenges when working with organizations and communities to connect more people, especially black people, to the outdoors.
Take this short quiz to share what rivers and waterways mean to you: Click to Enter
Check out how one mother connects her family to the river:
One participant, …
Adventurers, beaches, Camping, Children, Family, Recreation »
“Did we really just go camping?” I asked myself as we pulled up to our house this afternoon and unloaded our clothes and remaining weekend groceries from the trunk. I realized there was no gear to put away; no layers of dirt to wash off our bodies, and I felt rested and energized for Monday. “No,” I realized, “we did not go camping, we went ‘Kamping’!”
Awesome! Fabulous! Wonderful!
These are some of the words that come to mind after such a terrific weekend at California’s Central Coast near Santa Cruz camping …
Hair, Recreation, Water, Women »
In March, Shelby Ward went kayaking with her hair-conscious younger sister and fashionista, Rosalyn in Tennessee. Here is their story.
Let me tell you a little bit about my sister. Rosalyn likes fashion. On many occasions, she has added trendy accessories to my wardrobe. Rosalyn also hates “bugs.” So, I was a little surprised when she said she wanted to go kayaking during her visit.
On a calm Tuesday morning, we drove from Knoxville to Reliance, Tennessee to kayak the Hiwassee River. We kayaked a 5.5-mile stretch of the river that runs 147-miles …