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By Debbie Simon We all know nature is open and available to anyone who wants to enjoy its healing aspects, but statistically speaking people of color are much less likely to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. In a 2021 Outdoor  Participation Trends Report found that only 9 percent of outdoor participants in 2020 were black, a level that change little in the past 7 years. According to the survey, most black people considered themselves only casual participants of outdoor activities. Only 7% of black people surveyed enjoyed car, backyard backpacking and RV Camping.  In this interview with Dennis...

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Stairway to Heaven: First Time Climbing The Manitou Springs Incline. By Debbie Simon Looking at it from a distance the Manitou Springs Incline seems like an impossible feat. The steps (there are 2,744 of them!) are located on the east  side of Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs, Colorado about an hour south of Denver. The steps are made from old railroad tracks held together by wooden ties. The entire length of the incline is .9 miles. That might not sound like alot, but with an elevation gain of 2,020 feet and average grade of 41% with the steepest grade of 68%,...

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By: Casey Washington Hiking. It seems like one of those “some day when I...” kind of activities for several people, especially if your body type doesn’t resemble those of hikers often featured in ads. When I started my outdoor lifestyle, I certainly wasn’t the body type to be casted in a Subaru commercial. With the surge of resolve that seems to hit the middle-aged, I set aside my fear list of excuses and started doing the things I always wanted with the body I had. So, how do you take those first few steps into enjoying the outdoors if you’re...

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By: Jeremy Magee Located a good ways away from the main hustle and bustle of the park and marina, the nearly 2.3-mile Hidden Cove Trail winds its way along Lake Lewisville before reaching the southwestern part of the 720-acre complex. Numerous paths lead to scenic lake views, picturesque foliage and opportunities to see local wildlife. Owned and maintained by the park, the trail is rated as easy (given the flat terrain).   The trailhead can be found by taking the first right after passing through the park entrance and following the road until you come to a circular parking lot surrounded...

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This year, give the gift of outdoor adventures and Explore More of what DFW has to offer! We want to get out and explore our city so we put together this list for you for some local outdoor experience gift ideas. We have been gifting classes/workshops and tickets for years and love it! Sometimes, we all agree to forgo gifts all together and go on a ski trip instead. We have some family friends who have tradition of buying one experience per couple for the whole family to enjoy together. Whatever you choose to do, don't forget to always support...

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