Outdoor Adventures

As Alice Cooper once sang, "School’s out for summer." For a lot of kids, that means they're just a few short days away from the point where they complain about being bored. 

Audrey Nowakowski

The United States is home 59 national parks — from Yellowstone (the first, established in 1872) and to Pinnacles in California (the newest, created in 2013). Writer and photographer Becky Lomax has lived and breathed the parks her whole life. Her dad was a park ranger and as a kid, she and her family would regularly visit Washington state's national parks.

As an adult, Lomax lived outside of Glacier National Park in Montana, where she worked as a backpacking and hiking guide. That experience inspired her first guide book.

Lauren Groh

It's been a little over a month since contributor Lauren Groh embarked on her through-hike of the Appalachian Trail. And as she happily reports, the experience has been "ten times better than I ever imagined it would be."

When Groh started the hike at Amicalola Falls, she had a panicked moment doubting whether she could do it.  "We got started and it just kind of fell into place. It's just put one foot in front of the other and just do it."

Image courtesy of Patricia Weir

The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only public foot path in the world. It runs 2,190 miles from Georgia all the way to the summit of Mount Katahdin in Maine. It takes months to complete and a good amount of preparation for novice and experienced hikers alike.

Monkey Business / Fotolia

The calendar might point to September 22nd as the first day of Fall, but anyone with kids knows we're deep into the home stretch of summer. Many kids are back in school already, still others may return right after Labor Day. 

The three-day Labor Day weekend looms ahead, and that can be a challenge for parents who worry they’ve exhausted all their ideas, and maybe all their spending cash, over the past couple of months.

LaToya Dennis

Summer has arrived. And for people in Milwaukee who every winter ask themselves why they stay, summer is often reason enough. Beautiful weather, lots of hiking and swimming and camping. Basically, the opportunity to reconnect with nature. There’s a new group in town hoping to forge stronger relationships between black people and the great outdoors.

So there’s this long held stereotype that black people, especially in the north, don’t “do” the outdoors. There’s no interest in hiking, water sports are out and camping, forget about it.

Busting Common Nature Myths

Nov 11, 2014

There are lots of things about the natural world that you and I have probably taken as true for a long time.

3 Attractions to See at Milwaukee County Fair

Sep 17, 2013
mechanikat, flickr

Did you know that there's a Milwaukee County Fair? There sure is - and it's coming at the end of September.

Five New Backyard Games You Can Play Right Now

Aug 20, 2013
Clif Kid Backyard Game Contest

There are a few precious days left to go out in the backyard or the playground and find something fun to do.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Pedal! Amazing Milwaukee Race on Bikes is Back

Jul 26, 2013
amazingmilwaukeerace.com

If you're looking to find an urban adventure whilst pedaling on your bicycle, Milwaukeean Adam Baus has an event for you.

Camping in the Backyard Offers First Step to Nature Novices

Jun 21, 2013
Michael McCullough/Flickr

Our outdoor adventure contributors share some compelling reasons to camp out in your backyard this weekend.

Three Hidden Nature Treasures in Milwaukee

May 27, 2013
Jeramey Jannene/Flickr

For an urban city, Milwaukee's got a lot of nature around.

While the calendar might not say it, we tend to think of Memorial Day as the unofficial start to summer. Colleges are out, many pools have opened, summer sports seasons have started, and we are all spending more time outdoors. At least, we should be.

But as many have pointed out, a lot of us - kids in particular - don't get outside and explore as much as we used to.