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Recreation

PHOTOS: Camping, paddling and hiking at the Devils River State Natural Area

PHOTOS: Camping, paddling and hiking at the Devils River State Natural Area

Public invited to comment on plans for new West Texas park

Public invited to comment on plans for new West Texas park

A meeting to discuss proposed plans for Chinati State Natural Area is set for Wednesday. CONTRIBUTED/Texas Parks and Wildlife Department   More wide open West Texas space to explore?
Looking for adventure close to home? Paddle the Pedernales

Looking for adventure close to home? Paddle the Pedernales

An hour west of Austin, the Pedernales River spills over a dam in Johnson City before snaking its way, unimpeded, to Lake Travis. Along the way, it tumbles down a 3-foot ledge, glides past a towering sycamore where a bald eagle protects its nest and chatters through mazes of rocks and reeds. It cuts through ranches and past limestone cliffs, around small islands and through quintessential Hill Country...
Photos: Looking for adventure close to home? Paddle the Pedernales

Photos: Looking for adventure close to home? Paddle the Pedernales

We join the LCRA for a paddle trip down the Pedernales River, from the Pedernales River Nature Park in Johnson City, to Pedernales Falls State Park. It's about a 4-hour trip, and paddlers can do it on their own!
48 hours in Breckenridge, two ways

48 hours in Breckenridge, two ways

What happens when a solo-adventure junkie hits Breckenridge, Colorado, for a quick visit — and how does her trip differ from one taken by a mom and her 5-year-old? Fit City columnist Pam LeBlanc and travel editor Kristin Finan compared notes after each spending 48 hours at the popular ski resort. Pam: I spent a few days in Crested Butte Mountain Resort in January, and that just amped up my craving...
Run naked at the Bare Buns 5K

Run naked at the Bare Buns 5K

Star Ranch in McDade will host a nude 5K run on April 8. File photo by Austin American-Statesman/Rodolfo Gonzalez   Running duds dragging you down?
Austin health officials seek Russians who rescued possibly rabid bat last week

Austin health officials seek Russians who rescued possibly rabid bat last week

If you’re Russian, and you’re visiting Austin, and you rescued a bat last week while kayaking on Lady Bird Lake, you should call the city’s Health Department: The bat may have had rabies. The staff at the Waller Creek Boathouse told city officials that the four people, who may have been Russian, reported scooping a bat into a kayak on Friday. Health officials have been unable to...
Austin360 recreation list, March 17-23

Austin360 recreation list, March 17-23

Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 12 to 5...

Check out these fitness events to balance out your SXSW

Looking for a little fitness to keep you balanced during South by Southwest? Check out these events … BeFit, a digital fitness and nutrition company, is hosting three days of morning workouts and nutrition tips at Cedar Street Austin, 208 W. Fourth Street. The lineup includes Yoga with Sydney Benner at 10 a.m. and Burn to the Beat with Keaira LaShae at 11 a.m. each day, plus a BeFit Detox/Retox...
Hiking With Geeks lures nerds into the great outdoors

Hiking With Geeks lures nerds into the great outdoors

Geeks love nature, too. Mendel Kurland, a self-professed geek, figured that out in a hurry after hiking with a co-worker last year. The two talked about the fun of spending time outdoors, and on a whim afterward, he snapped up the domain name hikingwithgeeks.com. Then, last October, he started a Hiking With Geeks meetup group, hoping to lure a few nerds from their computers, labs and classrooms into...
Like stacking rocks? Head to Llano for festival this weekend

Like stacking rocks? Head to Llano for festival this weekend

Shawn Fullerton, of Leander, seen through an arch of balanced rocks, works on his own small stack at the 2016 Llano Earth Art Fest.
Hood to Coast stories needed for upcoming book

Hood to Coast stories needed for upcoming book

Runners who have participated in the Hood to Coast relay are encouraged to submit their stories about the event for an upcoming book.
Urban Animal showed me how to get strong with a medicine ball

Urban Animal showed me how to get strong with a medicine ball

Laura Cisneros showed me how to strengthen my core with a medicine ball. PAM LeBLANC/American-Statesman I met fitness trainer Laura Cisneros down at The Rock along the Butler Trail this morning, to find out how she gets those rock hard abs.

Austin360 recreation list, March 10-16

Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 12 to 5...
Need some solitude? Pitch a tent on your own

Need some solitude? Pitch a tent on your own

I’ve slept under the stars at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, beneath shoulder-to-shoulder pines on the John Muir Trail and in view of glaciers in Montana. Through years of pounding tent stakes and burrowing in sleeping bags, though, I’ve always camped within screaming distance of friends or family. After all, you never know when a grizzly might attack or a tent will malfunction. But I&rsquo...
Like booze with your exercise? Check out these events

Like booze with your exercise? Check out these events

BRUNch Running has two upcoming events planned in Austin. CONTRIBUTED   BRUNch Running wants you to go for a run, then follow it up with a decadent breakfast.
Things I saw on my bike this week…

Things I saw on my bike this week…

Clergy members from St. David’s Episcopal Church manned an Ashes to Go station where motorists (and cyclists) could stop for Ash Wednesday services.
Fly a kite – and kick off the 100th anniversary of Zilker Park – this weekend

Fly a kite – and kick off the 100th anniversary of Zilker Park – this weekend

Christian Burrows throws his nephew Atticus Staats, 5, at the 2016 ABC Zilker Kite Fest. This year’s festival is set for Sunday.
Pitch in at It’s My Park Day on Saturday

Pitch in at It’s My Park Day on Saturday

It’s My Park Day is set for Saturday, March 4. CONTRIBUTED/Austin Parks Foundation   We’re lucky in Austin.
Stop trashing our parks – learn Leave No Trace ethics

Stop trashing our parks – learn Leave No Trace ethics

Paul Garza, left, takes a break while climbing at  Reimers Ranch in July 2015.  (Stephen Spillman / for American Statesman)   Central Texas parks draw big crowds, and all those people make an impact on trails and vegetation.
Austin360 recreation list, March 3-9

Austin360 recreation list, March 3-9

Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 12 to 5...
Endurance athletes needed for research

Endurance athletes needed for research

CONTRIBUTED   Highly trained endurance athletes are needed for research about a certain protein, and how it affects cognition in trained and untrained individuals.
Eight cool things I saw on my bike commute this week

Eight cool things I saw on my bike commute this week

This VW bus lives in front of a house on Shoal Creek Boulevard. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman Vintage cars, giant cactus, public art, friendly folks – I saw all those things this week on my daily commute to work.
Too hot to swim? Swimmers raise money to cool Northwest Pool

Too hot to swim? Swimmers raise money to cool Northwest Pool

Ramsey Pool installed aerators to keep the water cool. Swimmers at Northwest Pool want to install aerators there, too.
What do Austin’s fittest folks do to stay in shape?

What do Austin’s fittest folks do to stay in shape?

What does it take to get fit? Good, healthy habits, of course. We all know we should eat right and exercise, but what specifically can we do to improve our health? We checked with some of Austin’s fittest folks and asked them what they do regularly to stay in top shape. Here’s what they told us: Matthew “HP (Horse Power)” Moore, 26, Austin Huns rugby player “I like to...
At Davis Mountains Preserve, explore a ‘sky island’

At Davis Mountains Preserve, explore a ‘sky island’

An hour into our climb up Mount Livermore, the swirling white fingers of a cloud bank tighten around us, threatening to swallow us whole. We consider pushing on, but between the cold and the damp, we decide to take Mother Nature’s hint and retrace our steps. I’m disappointed, but the detour will give me a chance to explore other parts of the Davis Mountains Preserve, a 33,075-acre oasis...
South Llano River State Park earns dark sky status

South Llano River State Park earns dark sky status

South Llano River State Park recently earned International Dark Sky-Park status. CONTRIBUTED/Texas Parks and Wildlife Department   Looking for darkness, shooting stars and comets?
Easy Street Recumbents to host bike rally this weekend

Easy Street Recumbents to host bike rally this weekend

Easy Street Recumbents will hold a rally to celebrate the reclining bikes this weekend. CONTRIBUTED/Easy Street Recumbents Rather sit back when you ride a bike?
Austin360 recreation list, Feb. 24-March 2

Austin360 recreation list, Feb. 24-March 2

Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 12 to 5...
Best conditions for a marathon? Cold and dry – not our warm and muggy forecast

Best conditions for a marathon? Cold and dry – not our warm and muggy forecast

Kirsten McDougal, of Round Rock, and Josh Paker, of Austin, show their patriotic colors before last year’s Austin Marathon & Half Marathon.
HEAT Bootcamp to offer donation-based workouts on Feb. 25

HEAT Bootcamp to offer donation-based workouts on Feb. 25

HEAT Bootcamp will offer donation-based community workouts on Feb. 25. CONTRIBUTED   Want a little rhythm with your workout?
What does it take to pedal a bike for 200 miles straight?

What does it take to pedal a bike for 200 miles straight?

The story has been updated to correct that the average person can process 1.5 liters of water per hour. *** Four hours into the six-hour race I signed up for, my toes froze. And as my feet slowly went numb, so did my brain. That’s the challenge of long-distance solo cycling, I’ve realized. It’s a lonely, mind-chilling business. I’ve pedaled 100 miles or more on a bike on several...
Big Bend’s new fossil exhibit tells story of park’s earliest inhabitants

Big Bend’s new fossil exhibit tells story of park’s earliest inhabitants

Beneath the rust-colored, corrugated metal roof of a new open-air exhibit at Big Bend National Park, one kid after another wedges his head between the gaping jaws of an ancient, toothy alligator. That’s what park officials hoped for as they planned the new Fossil Discovery Exhibit, devoted to the last 130 million years of the park’s geologic history, dinosaurs and all. The low-slung shelter...
“Bachelorette” stars to lead Saturday workout in Austin

“Bachelorette” stars to lead Saturday workout in Austin

Join Citystrong for an outdoor workout on the terrace at the Long Center on Saturday. Zach Harrison Photography for American-Statesman   Shawn Booth and Erin Oprea will lead group workouts at the Long Center this weekend.
Austin Marathon announces funny sign contest

Austin Marathon announces funny sign contest

  The Austin Marathon is hosting an Instagram sign contest this year. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman *** RACE ORGANIZERS EXTEND DEADLINE UNTIL FEB.
Beautiful hiking trails, no crowds at Doeskin Ranch

Beautiful hiking trails, no crowds at Doeskin Ranch

Cody Ackerman of the REI Outdoor School, left, helps Jean Bogardus across a creek. Pam LeBlanc/Austin American-Statesman   Looking for someplace to hike where you’re more likely to spot hawks and deer than other visitors?
Long worn and ignored, Arkansas Bend Park on verge of major makeover

Long worn and ignored, Arkansas Bend Park on verge of major makeover

Visitors to Arkansas Bend Park, a 399-acre expanse on the north shore of Lake Travis near Lago Vista, might notice what Travis County Parks Director Charles Bergh does upon arrival: “It looks like it’s been loved to death.” But the torn-up grounds and damaged tree roots will go away soon when an improvement project breaks ground later this month. The project, funded by a 2011 county...
Banff Film Festival headed back to Paramount Theatre

Banff Film Festival headed back to Paramount Theatre

Forget the Oscars. You’d rather watch films about backpacking and snow skiing and mountain bike riding, right? For that, head to the 2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, scheduled for Feb. 26 and 27 at the Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. The annual event always draws the hiking-boot-wearing, tent-sleeping crowd — my kind of people. Both nights feature outdoor documentaries...

Banff Film Festival headed to Austin Feb. 26-27

“The Trail to Kazbegi,” a film about four adventurers who head into one of the world’s wildest mountain ranges on their bikes, will be shown at the Banff Film Festival in Austin.
Get Your Rear in Gear 5K Run/Walk set for Feb. 25

Get Your Rear in Gear 5K Run/Walk set for Feb. 25

The Get Your Rear in Gear 5K Walk/Run is set for Feb. 25 at Camp Mabry. You might feel uncomfortable talking about colon cancer, but organizers of the Get Your Rear In Gear 5K Run/Walk want you to start a discussion – and get screened for the disease.
Feel the love with these Austin-centric Valentine’s date ideas

Feel the love with these Austin-centric Valentine’s date ideas

Who needs limos, generic boxes of chocolate and Barry White when you could have pedicabs, Lammes Candies’ Longhorns and Willie Nelson? Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re looking for uniquely Austin date ideas, look no further. No matter how you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend or who you plan to spend it with, there’s something for everyone...
Free yoga and a beer at Hyatt Regency Austin

Free yoga and a beer at Hyatt Regency Austin

This month’s Pints & Poses class is set for Monday. Photo courtesy Hyatt Regency Austin   Bring on the free yoga and beer.
Participants needed for exercise study

Participants needed for exercise study

Ride Indoor Cycling, 117 Lavaca St., is partnering with a New York neuroscientist for an exercise study.
20 things to know about this year’s Austin Marathon & Half Marathon

20 things to know about this year’s Austin Marathon & Half Marathon

New shoes, broken in. Nutrition plan, perfected. Training miles, logged. On Feb. 19, nearly 15,000 athletes will line up on Congress Avenue for the start of the 2017 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon, presented by NXP. They’ll dash down Congress Avenue, all smiles and fresh legs as they set out to cover 13.1 or 26.2 miles of Austin hills, flats and neighborhoods. By the time they cross the finish...
Need adventure? Swim naked at Barton Springs

Need adventure? Swim naked at Barton Springs

Pam LeBlanc, Elli Overton, Heidi Armstrong and Cate Brooks Sweeney (clockwise from left) swam a Naked Mile at Barton Springs Pool under cover of darkness this morning.
Can I bike 200 miles straight? Nutritionist (along with coach and cyclist) says yes!

Can I bike 200 miles straight? Nutritionist (along with coach and cyclist) says yes!

I joined these folks at the 6 a.m. Monday session at Pedal Hard, where coach Brant Speed is helping me prepare for a long bike race I might do in March.
Can I bike 200 miles at once? Nutritionist says yes!

Can I bike 200 miles at once? Nutritionist says yes!

I joined these folks at the 6 a.m. Monday session at Pedal Hard, where coach Brant Speed is helping me prepare for a long bike race I might do in March.
Austin360 recreation list, Feb. 3-9

Austin360 recreation list, Feb. 3-9

Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 12 to 5...
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