Field Days

USA 101 | Back to School

Posted on August 19, 2015 by Heather Smith | 0 comments

"Back to school, back to school, to prove to dad that I'm not a fool." Billy Madison

If you are anything like we are, you had your first day planned out to a T.   Well, how about this?  We started with the Imogen + Willie Barton Slim in the Hittner wash to build around.   From there we went with a USA Tee from 80/20 with our favorite phrase on it, " USA Made."  We finished it off with the Round Toe Oro Legacyfrom Red Wing, and the American Trench socks in the in the all mighty Red, White, and Blue.

We know money is hard to come by when you have class all the time, studying, and all of the other "activities" around campus.   Here's some advise, pack a lunch in this Marlow Lunch Bag from Peg & Awl.  This way you are saving money, being environmentally friendly, and you can eat whenever you want.  No more waiting in line for some terrible cafeteria food.  

Tired of having the same Razorback shirt as the guy standing next to you?  Us, too.   We have some stellar tees, and with some of the logos from the glory days.  Don't leave for school without yours.

 Join us on August 20th for some fun and games.   We're holding the inaugural Domestic Domestic Paper Airplane Throwing Contest.   Food, you ask?  Peanut Butter, and Jelly Bar   Click here for more details. 

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Little Red River Pt. 2

Posted on August 05, 2015 by Heather Smith | 0 comments

"Men may dam it and say that they have made a lake, but it will still be a river. It will keep its nature and bide its time, like a caged animal alert for the slightest opening. In time, it will have its way; the dam, like the ancient cliffs, will be carried away piecemeal in the currents."
-Wendell Berry

Don't get caught on the river without your floating koozie...grab your Mollyjogger Kool Kan and, of course, your Bare Bones Pilsner from Lost Forty Brewing.

Arkansas has fabulous flyfishing for trophy trout in the tailwaters of the White River and the Arkansas and Red Rivers, where each year, brown trout over 10 pounds are taken. Kinder and Limbaugh cover all of the fisheries, both rivers and lakes, teaching how and when to fish them in The Flyfisher's Guide to Missouri and Arkansas

 The classic Topo DesignsKlettersack is an ideal travel companion, workmate or pack mule for the daily hike or paddle on a lazy river. It has 1000d Cordura for the exterior and coated pack cloth for an entirely lined inner compartment. 

 

 There are a few pieces of gear that should always be mandatory when on any adventure in nature. One of those pieces is a Case knife. It can be used for simply cutting things like fishing line and rope or for a larger job like cleaning your dinner. 

 

 


 

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Field trip | Swimmin' Holes of Arkansas

Posted on July 16, 2015 by Heather Smith | 0 comments

Nothing says summer like taking a dip in the ol' swimmin' hole. There are a few lists out there of the best in Arkansas. We've narrowed down our favorites for you.  Pictured above: Falling Water Falls located just off of Falling Water Creek Road near Pelsor in Pope County. Pack your lunch, grab the cooler, your trunks, a towel and cool off in the beautiful clear water of the Ozarks.

For the folks of Little Rock, one of our closest swimmin' holes, and just 38 miles west of town, is Lake Sylvia. It is an 18 acre lake located in the Ouachita National Forest just off of highway 324 near Perryville.Perfect for a day of swimmin' and picnicking.

 

Lake Bennett is a 40 acre lake located in Woolly Hollow State Park an hour north of Little Rock. You know how spending all day in the water under the sun can make you hungry? They have you covered with a snack bar! You can even clean up in their bath house before heading back home.

 

Blanchard Springs Recreational Area is fed by a large flowing spring that puts out 7,000 gallons of beautiful crystal clear water per minute. Located in Fifty Six, AR just north of Mountain View, it is one of the best spots to keep cool on a hot summer day in Arkansas.

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Field Trip | 7 Natural Wonders of Arkansas

Posted on June 02, 2015 by Heather Smith | 0 comments

The 7 Natural Wonders of Arkansas
 

Arkansas is nicknamed The Natural State for a reason! It is filled with many natural wonders. We've narrowed it down to 7 for you.  
Get Dad outside for Father's Day on a trip to a Natural Wonder of Arkansas.

#1 Buffalo National River
Our favorite Natural Wonder of Arkansas is the Buffalo National River. Established in 1972 as America's first National River, it flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states. Once you arrive, prepare to journey from running rapids to quiet pools while surrounded by massive bluffs as you cruise through the Ozark Mountains down to the White River. The Buffalo National River area is also great for hikes, horseback riding, elk viewing, waterfall hunting (Hemmed In Hollow Waterfall), and taking a dip to cool off on a hot summer day. Be sure to take a Filson Dry Bag. You will get wet.

#2 Hawksbill Crag, a.k.a. Whitaker Point
So nice they named it twice. This has become one of the most photographed places in Arkansas. Thrill seekers will enjoy the rush of standing on its peak, while nature lovers will enjoy the scenic 3 mile round trip hike. Our Topo Designs Trip Pack is the perfect backpack for your hike out to the point.

#3 Hot Springs National Park
This natural wonder includes portions of downtown Hot Springs making it one of the easiest National Parks to visit. Whether you want a weekend getaway to a spa for a bath in hot spring water or for a weekend of camping and hiking, this is your place. Check out pg. 146 of our for National Parks Atlas more information.

 

#4 Crater of Diamonds
This State Park in Murfeesboro is the only diamond-producing site in the world open to the public. Here you can experience a one-of-a-kind adventure hunting for actual diamonds. You'll search over a 37 acre plowed field. This is the eroded surface of an ancient volcanic crater that 100 million years ago brought to the surface the diamonds and some of the semi-precious stones. Good luck! (Grab a bottle of our Jack Black All-over Wash cause you'll be dirty all-over after your dig!)

#5 Lake Chicot State Park
Lake Chicot, Arkansas's largest natural lake, is a scenic setting in the Mississippi Flyway for fishing, boating, and bird watching. This 20-mile long oxbox lake was once part of the main channel of the Mississippi River. Outdoor enthusiasts have so many recreational choices at this oasis in the Delta. Best way to take it in? Try a party barge cruises on the lake. Use a Filson Soft-sided Cooler to keep your beverages cold for the journey.

#6 Blanchard Springs Caverns
Blanchard Springs Caverns is one of the most spectacular caves found anywhere in the world. It is believed to have been formed, and continually changed, by an ongoing mountain spring that pours into a glassy-surfaced trout pond below the cave, called Mirror Lake. Visitors can take guided walking tours through an active cavern system, featuring sparkling calcite formations, stalactites, stalagmites and columns. Make sure you take your Randolph Sunglasses to avoid excessive squinting after emerging from the underground!

#7 Greers Ferry Lake
Greers Ferry Lake is a popular lake for many water sports, one of which is Cliff Diving . The most popular site for cliff Diving is "The Dam Site". The spot is popular because of the cliffs ranging from 4 ft high to over 40 ft high. These heights along with seemingly bottomless drop-offs at the foot of the cliffs make this the prime spot for adventurous swimmers! A note from experience, chose shorts with a drawstring like  Iron & Resin Board Shorts. An elastic waistband just won't do.

 

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In the Field | Egrets

Posted on March 05, 2015 by Heather Smith | 0 comments

We recently came across the great photographs of David Hatfield and had to share them with you.
These shots were taken on Lake Conway.

"Egrets are normally "stalkers" when they fish, strolling casually along the shoreline occasionally striking at a small fish. Very infrequently will they fish "on the fly" like this. I normally will see this behavior only two or three times a year and then usually only with one or two birds. Right now, the circumstances are perfect for multiple birds in a great location to participate in this so the camera is out for the duration!"
      
"I've seen plenty of egrets fish on the fly, especially this week, but NEVER a Great Blue Heron, until this morning. He was moving away from me so I couldn't get his catch, but I was able to catch him coming up from his pass. Love these big birds!"

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Field Trip | Big Dam Bridge

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Heather Smith | 0 comments

This amazing park is a mere 3 miles from our shop. At 4226 feet, it is the longest pedestrian bridge in North America that has never been used by trains or motor vehicles. And by rising 90 feet over the Arkansas River it offers spectacular views of the some of the 70,000 public acres it assists in connecting.

Best of all, it's free! Take a picnic, grab a frisbee, and pack your sunglasses to enjoy this local treasure. 

Audubon Guide to Birds

National Audubon's Field Guide to Birds and the Bird Caller will come in handy among the 380 documented types of birds in Arkansas.

 

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