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Last week a couple of friends, Steve O and Liam, and I took a long weekend up to southern Oklahoma for a few days of camping and rock climbing. Southern Oklahoma boasts some of the best granite slab climbing in the country and it’s practically right around the corner, just a short 6 hour drive from Austin.
In the outdoors world, there are some who casually dabble in it with a hike or occasional float down the river once in a blue moon. Then we have those who are ultra-passionate going out on multi-day kayak camping trips, living out of their cars, and fully embracing what it means to be “outdoorsy”.
Approximately two hours away from Austin, nestled in the Texas hill country there’s this massive pink granite dome, Enchanted Rock, or E-Rock as locals refer to it. Attracting roughly 300,000 visitors each year, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is an oasis for outdoors enthusiasts and casual daytrippers looking for some gorgeous scenery.
If you caught my earlier blog about why I woke up early on a Saturday to hang out with a group of strangers, then you’re familiar with how amazing Explore Austin is. This Austin, Texas based nonprofit is on a mission to empower underprivileged youth of Austin through outdoor exploration.
Darkness approaches from both directions -morning and evening and as we near the shortest day of the year, sneaking in your workout while it’s still light out gets really tricky. One of the biggest excuses for putting a pause on those after work runs or early morning bike rides is the darkness.
Camping, hiking, kayaking, swimming, climbing, or fishing – treat yourself. Cheese, onion, sausage, fennel, and pine nuts kind of treat yourself. Alright enough with the lists, it’s about time we have a serious conversation about a very serious breed of pizza. We’re stepping it up this week with a bit of camp gourmet.
At 8,751 ft. you stand at the highest peak of the Guadalupe Mountain Range and subsequently, the highest point in all of Texas, sandwiched far between Carlsbad and El Paso. It’s an adventure big enough for a true Texan or in my case a Texan transplant.