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Want dark? Go to Big Bend Ranch State Park, which just earned dark sky status
 Campers enjoy the sites on Guale Mesa at Big Bend Ranch State Park. Pam LeBlanc/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN   When the sun sets on a moonless night at rugged and remote Big Bend Ranch State Park, the night wraps around you like a black
            velvet cloak. This week, the 315,000-acre park announced its designation as an International Dark...

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Campers enjoy the sites on Guale Mesa at Big Bend Ranch State Park. Pam LeBlanc/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN   When the sun sets on a moonless night at rugged and remote Big Bend Ranch State Park, the night wraps around you like a black velvet cloak. This week, the 315,000-acre park announced its designation as an International Dark...
This Black Friday, #OptOutside instead of exercising your wallet
 Several parks, including Inks Lake State Park, shown here, are hosting events on Black Friday. Mauri Elbel for American-Statesman   Here’s a suggestion: This Black Friday, instead of going shopping, go outside. Head to area parks, trails or greenbelts to stretch a leg, instead of giving your credit card a workout. Several state...

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Several parks, including Inks Lake State Park, shown here, are hosting events on Black Friday. Mauri Elbel for American-Statesman   Here’s a suggestion: This Black Friday, instead of going shopping, go outside. Head to area parks, trails or greenbelts to stretch a leg, instead of giving your credit card a workout. Several state...
Need a pre-feast calorie burn? Do a turkey trot!
 The annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot takes place Thursday. Runners make their way across the First Street Bridge in this
               2012 file photo by Alberto Martinez AMERICAN-STATESMAN   Before you sit down to a Thanksgiving feast, we recommend some pre-emptive calorie burning. One of the most fun ways to do
            that?...

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The annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot takes place Thursday. Runners make their way across the First Street Bridge in this 2012 file photo by Alberto Martinez AMERICAN-STATESMAN   Before you sit down to a Thanksgiving feast, we recommend some pre-emptive calorie burning. One of the most fun ways to do that?...
You don’t have to be a pro to handle these mountain bike trails
 Sometimes my shins (and psyche) just can’t handle the limestone ledges and gnarly terrain that many of Austin’s mountain biking trails dish up. So when I heard that 13 miles of beginner-friendly paths at McKinney Roughs Nature Park were opening to cyclists later this month, I tracked down pro mountain biking pal and REI Outdoor...

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Sometimes my shins (and psyche) just can’t handle the limestone ledges and gnarly terrain that many of Austin’s mountain biking trails dish up. So when I heard that 13 miles of beginner-friendly paths at McKinney Roughs Nature Park were opening to cyclists later this month, I tracked down pro mountain biking pal and REI Outdoor...
What’s up with this lemon-lime colored bike?
 Caen Contee, vide president of marketing at LimeBike, poses with one of the dockless bikes at the Austin American-Statesman
               building on Thursday. PAM LeBLANC/Austin American-Statesman What’s up with this lemon-lime flavored bike? It’s one of a fleet of bikes that a company called LimeBike may disperse over Austin...

Posted: 4 days ago

Caen Contee, vide president of marketing at LimeBike, poses with one of the dockless bikes at the Austin American-Statesman building on Thursday. PAM LeBLANC/Austin American-Statesman What’s up with this lemon-lime flavored bike? It’s one of a fleet of bikes that a company called LimeBike may disperse over Austin...
What’s up with this lemon-lime colored bike?
 Caen Contee, vide president of marketing at LimeBike, poses with one of the dockless bikes at the Austin American-Statesman
               building on Thursday. PAM LeBLANC/Austin American-Statesman What’s up with this lemon-lime flavored bike? It’s one of a fleet of bikes that a company called LimeBike may disperse over Austin...

Posted: 4 days ago

Caen Contee, vide president of marketing at LimeBike, poses with one of the dockless bikes at the Austin American-Statesman building on Thursday. PAM LeBLANC/Austin American-Statesman What’s up with this lemon-lime flavored bike? It’s one of a fleet of bikes that a company called LimeBike may disperse over Austin...
Fit City picks for weekend fun
 The CG Games take place Saturday at Circuit of the Americas. Photo courtesy Camp Gladiator   Looking for something active and outdoors this pre-Thanksgiving weekend? Check out these Fit City picks for muscle-stretching, mind-clearing fun: “Mystic Raven” was recently installed along the Shoal Creek trail. PAM LeBLANC/American-Statesman...

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The CG Games take place Saturday at Circuit of the Americas. Photo courtesy Camp Gladiator   Looking for something active and outdoors this pre-Thanksgiving weekend? Check out these Fit City picks for muscle-stretching, mind-clearing fun: “Mystic Raven” was recently installed along the Shoal Creek trail. PAM LeBLANC/American-Statesman...
Grant money from ACL Music Fest benefits five Austin parks
 A crowd watches The Head and the Heart perform during the second weekend of the 2017 Austin City Limits Music Festival at
               Zilker Park. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN   The the last notes faded a month ago and the stages have long since been dismantled, but this week five Austin area parks
            got word they&rsquo...

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A crowd watches The Head and the Heart perform during the second weekend of the 2017 Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN   The the last notes faded a month ago and the stages have long since been dismantled, but this week five Austin area parks got word they&rsquo...
Grant money from ACL Music Fest benefits five Austin parks
 A crowd watches The Head and the Heart perform during the second weekend of the 2017 Austin City Limits Music Festival at
               Zilker Park. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN   The the last notes faded a month ago and the stages have long since been dismantled, but this week five Austin area parks
            got word they&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

A crowd watches The Head and the Heart perform during the second weekend of the 2017 Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN   The the last notes faded a month ago and the stages have long since been dismantled, but this week five Austin area parks got word they&rsquo...
Gold’s Gym offering free boot camps through Dec. 3
 Sharonda Cooper lifts weights at Gold’s Gym in this file photo by Bret Gerbe for American-Statesman Here’s another one for the free fitness files … Gold’s Gym is offering free bootcamps through Dec. 3. To 
            check the schedule, go here.  The following locations will offer the free camps: South Austin...

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Sharonda Cooper lifts weights at Gold’s Gym in this file photo by Bret Gerbe for American-Statesman Here’s another one for the free fitness files … Gold’s Gym is offering free bootcamps through Dec. 3. To check the schedule, go here.  The following locations will offer the free camps: South Austin...
Gold’s Gym offering free boot camps through Dec. 3
 Sharonda Cooper lifts weights at Gold’s Gym in this file photo by Bret Gerbe for American-Statesman Here’s another one for the free fitness files … Gold’s Gym is offering free bootcamps through Dec. 3. To 
            check the schedule, go here.  The following locations will offer the free camps: South Austin...

Posted: 6 days ago

Sharonda Cooper lifts weights at Gold’s Gym in this file photo by Bret Gerbe for American-Statesman Here’s another one for the free fitness files … Gold’s Gym is offering free bootcamps through Dec. 3. To check the schedule, go here.  The following locations will offer the free camps: South Austin...
New bike trails to open at McKinney Roughs, plus free park entry Nov. 24
 Pam LeBlanc checks out a trail at McKinney Roughs Nature Park on Monday, Nov. 13. The trails open to the public on Nov. 24.
               Stephen Spillman for the American-Statesman   McKinney Roughs Nature Park is preparing to open 13 miles of trail to mountain bikers in a few weeks, and I enlisted pro mountain
            bike rider...

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Pam LeBlanc checks out a trail at McKinney Roughs Nature Park on Monday, Nov. 13. The trails open to the public on Nov. 24. Stephen Spillman for the American-Statesman   McKinney Roughs Nature Park is preparing to open 13 miles of trail to mountain bikers in a few weeks, and I enlisted pro mountain bike rider...
Forget a new car, I just bought a new adventure craft!
 Chris and Pam LeBlanc christen their new canoe in their backyard Sunday evening.   I took the canoe plunge yesterday. In the last year, I’ve discovered how much I love paddling. I kayaked the Llano, Colorado, Pedernales and San Marcos rivers,
            plus Mexican Creek, Lake Travis and Lady Bird Lake. I also canoed for four...

Posted: 9 days ago

Chris and Pam LeBlanc christen their new canoe in their backyard Sunday evening.   I took the canoe plunge yesterday. In the last year, I’ve discovered how much I love paddling. I kayaked the Llano, Colorado, Pedernales and San Marcos rivers, plus Mexican Creek, Lake Travis and Lady Bird Lake. I also canoed for four...
Forget a new car, I just bought a new adventure craft!
 Chris and Pam LeBlanc christen their new canoe in their backyard Sunday evening.   I took the canoe plunge yesterday. In the last year, I’ve discovered how much I love paddling. I kayaked the Llano, Colorado, Pedernales and San Marcos rivers,
            plus Mexican Creek, Lake Travis and Lady Bird Lake. I also canoed for four...

Posted: 9 days ago

Chris and Pam LeBlanc christen their new canoe in their backyard Sunday evening.   I took the canoe plunge yesterday. In the last year, I’ve discovered how much I love paddling. I kayaked the Llano, Colorado, Pedernales and San Marcos rivers, plus Mexican Creek, Lake Travis and Lady Bird Lake. I also canoed for four...
Mother and daughter vow to run 100 5Ks before high school graduation
 A few months ago, Margo Stefka and her daughter Skylar made a pact — one that spans four years and more than 300 miles. If all goes according to plan, the pair will cross the finish line of 100 5K races by the time Skylar, a ninth-grader, graduates from Lago Vista High School in May 2021. To meet that goal, they’ll have to pound...

Posted: 10 days ago

A few months ago, Margo Stefka and her daughter Skylar made a pact — one that spans four years and more than 300 miles. If all goes according to plan, the pair will cross the finish line of 100 5K races by the time Skylar, a ninth-grader, graduates from Lago Vista High School in May 2021. To meet that goal, they’ll have to pound...
Electric bike seller Rocket Electrics opens downtown location
 John and Nicole Zinn pose with an electric cargo bike in front of the newest location of Rocket Electrics in downtown Austin.
               PAM LeBLANC/American-Statesman Last Sunday morning, I had places to go and things to do. But between the Run for the Water, where I needed to arrive with fresh legs at 6:30 a.m., and the Texas Book Festival...

Posted: 13 days ago

John and Nicole Zinn pose with an electric cargo bike in front of the newest location of Rocket Electrics in downtown Austin. PAM LeBLANC/American-Statesman Last Sunday morning, I had places to go and things to do. But between the Run for the Water, where I needed to arrive with fresh legs at 6:30 a.m., and the Texas Book Festival...
Electric bike seller Rocket Electrics opens downtown location
 John and Nicole Zinn pose with an electric cargo bike in front of the newest location of Rocket Electrics in downtown Austin.
               PAM LeBLANC/American-Statesman Last Sunday morning, I had places to go and things to do. But between the Run for the Water, where I needed to arrive with fresh legs at 6:30 a.m., and the Texas Book Festival...

Posted: 13 days ago

John and Nicole Zinn pose with an electric cargo bike in front of the newest location of Rocket Electrics in downtown Austin. PAM LeBLANC/American-Statesman Last Sunday morning, I had places to go and things to do. But between the Run for the Water, where I needed to arrive with fresh legs at 6:30 a.m., and the Texas Book Festival...
Fit City’s picks for a fit, fun weekend
 This year’s Reel Rock film festival features a film titled “Stump,” about one-handed climber Maureen Beck. Photo by Katrin
               Bell If you’re like us, this week’s blast of cool weather made you want to get outside and snag your legs on some brambles. (Or
            maybe it just made you want to get...

Posted: 13 days ago

This year’s Reel Rock film festival features a film titled “Stump,” about one-handed climber Maureen Beck. Photo by Katrin Bell If you’re like us, this week’s blast of cool weather made you want to get outside and snag your legs on some brambles. (Or maybe it just made you want to get...
Fit City’s picks for a fit, fun weekend
 This year’s Reel Rock film festival features a film titled “Stump,” about one-handed climber Maureen Beck. Photo by Katrin
               Bell If you’re like us, this week’s blast of cool weather made you want to get outside and snag your legs on some brambles. (Or
            maybe it just made you want to get...

Posted: 13 days ago

This year’s Reel Rock film festival features a film titled “Stump,” about one-handed climber Maureen Beck. Photo by Katrin Bell If you’re like us, this week’s blast of cool weather made you want to get outside and snag your legs on some brambles. (Or maybe it just made you want to get...
Carrie Barrett got me to spill my guts on her podcast, “I Could Never Do That”
 Pam LeBlanc, left, and Carrie Barrett, right, record an interview for Barrett’s podcast. Photo by Alyssa Vidales/American-Statesman   A couple of weeks ago, Carrie Barrett and I shut ourselves into a room here at the Austin American-Statesman office, turned
            on some recording equipment, and started to chat. We talked...

Posted: 13 days ago

Pam LeBlanc, left, and Carrie Barrett, right, record an interview for Barrett’s podcast. Photo by Alyssa Vidales/American-Statesman   A couple of weeks ago, Carrie Barrett and I shut ourselves into a room here at the Austin American-Statesman office, turned on some recording equipment, and started to chat. We talked...
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