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Shade Tree Riding Stables

Shade Tree Riding Stables

By on 18 September, 2017 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Outdoors with 0 Comments

You can really tell a lot about how much a person understands you by the kind of gifts they give you. A present is a kind of testament to shared connections, and the best kind of gifts try to create new memories together, whether it’s by listening to some new music or reading a well-chosen […]

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Why Aren’t You Riding Your Bike?

Why Aren’t You Riding Your Bike?

By on 13 September, 2017 in City Living, Kate and Stephen, Outdoors with 0 Comments

I don’t have a bike. Not a bad point. You should acquire a bike. In many cities, some our size, health insurance companies (and other companies) sponsor racks of bikes all over cities. Check out this program in Chicago https://member.divvybikes.com/stations Here are 119 cities. https://ggwash.org/view/62137/all-119-us-bikeshare-systems-ranked-by-size It’s too hot. Not anymore. It has cooled off a […]

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Urban Gardening

Urban Gardening

By on 12 June, 2017 in Amanda Burbank, Farming, Food, Gardening, Outdoors with 0 Comments

My favorite place to be this time of year is sitting in the middle of my future vegetables. A cat usually wanders up and plops in my lap and I pull up some weeds that have emerged after the last big rain, but mostly I sit and stare at the wide leaves of the eggplant […]

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Day trip: Wilderness Park, Prattville

Day trip: Wilderness Park, Prattville

By on 17 January, 2017 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Parks with 0 Comments

You’ve got a few spare hours on an unusually under-committed Saturday. It has been nearly a decade since you last went to Pratville’s bamboo “forest,” otherwise formally known as Wilderness Park. You decide to return. The dog from 2008 is now deceased. The new dog stays on the leash, due to her excitability and newly-discovered […]

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Kneel Before Sod

Kneel Before Sod

By on 19 September, 2016 in Gardening, Kate and Stephen, Outdoors with 0 Comments

Let’s be honest: Talking about lawns is not the most exciting thing in the world. Plenty of ink has been spilled about the costs and consequences of America’s obsessions with our yards, ranging from suburbanization and sprawl through the environmental effects of incessant fertilizing and watering. But this is not a polemic about xeriscaping. This […]

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New Nature Experiences

New Nature Experiences

By on 23 May, 2016 in Carole King, Fun, Outdoors, Parks with 0 Comments

Sometimes I get tired of walking or biking in my neighborhood or adjacent historic areas and long for some adventure! So this last Sunday afternoon I opted to explore the new Lagoon Park Trail that I keep hearing so much about. After loading my trusty two wheeler up in the back of my car I […]

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Chewacla State Park

Chewacla State Park

By on 26 August, 2015 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Outdoors, Parks with 2 Comments

We needed to get away. We were honestly envisioning some kind of epic, spur-of-the-moment road trip, which would lead us towards the kind of reflective meditation that you can only get from staring off of a mountain peak in one of America’s finest national parks. But because we are adults and have responsibilities, our whimsical […]

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Remembering Loved Ones

Remembering Loved Ones

By on 11 June, 2015 in Carole King, Outdoors with 0 Comments

This time of year there are lots of rites-of-passage events happening: graduations, weddings, Father’s Day, and Mother’s Day. Our mailboxes are full of invitations and announcements. But trying to come up with the “perfect” gift can be difficult and stressful. Montgomery Trees has initiated one of the kindest ways to commemorate someone special through its […]

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Picture of the Week: September 23, 2014

Picture of the Week: September 23, 2014

By on 23 September, 2014 in Brian Holt, Outdoors with 0 Comments

Brian’s Thoughts: It doesn’t get much better then this – Yoga in Cloverdale-Idlewild’s “Bottom” Park. While I had images of the big group actually doing yoga, I really liked this one. I feel as though it captures many of the attributes that define our wonderful community: close friendships and the ability to participate in local […]

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Up the Alabama River … With a Paddle

Up the Alabama River … With a Paddle

By on 23 July, 2014 in Fun, Jesseca Cornelson, Outdoors with 0 Comments

I’ve previously written about Alabama’s many rivers and my love of kayaking on the Coosa here before, and last year Kate and Stephen interviewed Alabama River Alliance’s executive director Cindy Lowry about Rivers of Alabama Day 2013. Last week, I was lucky enough to participate in ARA’s Defend Rivers Paddle, launching the new Defend Rivers […]

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