04/19/17

SeaWorld on a Sunday in San Antonio, Texas

The year was 1988 and my oldest daughter was just 2 years old. SeaWorld had officially opened in San Antonio, Texas. I was so excited to take my daughter and get lost in the park. I knew the visits would be many the moment we stepped in the world of the Sea. It was so magical, from the marine life to the amusement rides. I was happy to make memories for my daughter.  Many years have passed since my first visit.  My oldest is now a mommy herself with a 6 year old daughter who has become my partner in adventure. We decided on a Sunday for a funday with the family.

I was going to take on the task of entertaining not only my granddaughter, but my niece and nephew as well. Along for some support was my younger brother who last minute decided to join me as an extra adult, good call!

 

 

Rule number one in visiting any park should be a map and a plan. We were lucky enough to have two adorable volunteers for the job. Once they decided where we should go, we were off!

Did you know … that for more than 50 years SeaWorld has been a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature enabling their guest to celebrate with and care for the natural world they share. Countless rides for all ages, shows to engage our hearts and mind and exhibits from conservation to personal interactions with Dolphins, Beluga Whales and Sea lions at SeaWorld Discovery Point.

A good pair of walking shoes a cool hat and hydration will make the day just a little smoother. Did I mention that they do have a height requirement for all rides and if your lucky enough you can make it extra adventurous. But no worries if your not tall enough because there is plenty to keep the family busy, requirements or not : ).

The kids, hands down, loved the Sesame Street Bay of Play. The kids were able to cool down with bubblers, geysers, jets and dumping water buckets. The Sesame Street friends are also out and about for great photo opportunities.

It’s also a great spot for the “adults” to relax. Keep in mind that you will want to take some sunscreen for the family and don’t hesitate to lather it on. If you forget, not a problem, plenty of souvenir shops around.

I officially became a cool aunt with the kids asking when we could do this again! I smiled, my day was complete. Thank you Sea World for the memories and we can’t wait to return. Maybe next time … Aquatica waterpark.

Fitfunand … Sunday Funday!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post but I was provided with entry passes to the park. I sincerely had a great time there and just had to share my own opinion and excitement for the park. 

03/17/17

Culinaria’s 6th Annual 5k Wine & Beer Run. My type of Fitness fun.

I call myself a social jogger. Jogging is my happy pace! I don’t set running records but I do have a nice collection of finisher medals and bibs. Jogging is where I challenge myself to be me and run free. I can tell you the community has grown a lot from when I first started about 15 years ago and that is a beautiful sight to see. It is awesome to see more people on trails and outside running for whatever reason they feel they need to. Jogging is my foundation. Years ago I took a chance and many moons later I can honestly say it has been an amazing journey. The miles are countless and the memories are priceless. Your turn!!

 


Culinaria’s 5K Wine & Beer Run

Culinaria is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to benefiting the San Antonio community and promoting San Antonio as an ideal wine and food destination. One of their goals is to make San Antonio an epicenter of culinary education, which is why their excited for the possibilities of The Culinaria Farm.

The Farm will be an educational endeavor teaching our community how to grow their own food and the endless possibilities of what to do with homegrown fruits and vegetables. Through school tours, seminars, and chef-led cooking classes with produce grown on-site, it will be a center for food education and sustainability. Featuring exciting up-and-coming technology through MIT and traditional farming practices The Farm will teach our community you can grow your own food using whatever resources you may have.

Find your Happy Pace with this Fabulous 5k.

Food enthusiasts with an appetite for running, rejoice! The Culinaria 5K Wine & Beer Run is back. Grab a group of friends, your running shoes and get ready to have some fitness fun. Come and indulge at our post-race reception filled with entertainment, food, and of course, wine & beer.  Toast to a race well ran and dig in with Culinaria.

CULINARIA 5K WINE & BEER RUN DETAILS
Saturday, March 18, 2017
The Shops at La Cantera
15900 La Cantera Pkwy
San Antonio, TX 78256

On line Registration:

http://www.active.com/san-antonio-tx/running/distance-running-races/culinaria-wine-and-beer-run-2017

Pre-Race Festivities: 7:00 AM
Race Starts: 8:00 AM

FitFunand … Ready. Set. Go.

 

03/5/17

Ready, Set, Cyclebar!

I am motivated by all types of Fitness and this weekend was a date with CYCLEBAR.

The CYCLEBAR story!

In 2004, Bill Pryor and his sister Alex Klemmer decided to create one of the first independent cycling studios in the country in their Boston neighborhood. Both Bill, then a corporate executive, and Alex, a stay-at-home mom, recognized that there were three key ingredients to a successful indoor cycling experience: great instructors, great music, and a great environment.

EVERY RIDE ROCKS AT CYCLEBAR!

 

They opened their first dedicated studio a year later and have been perfecting their high-energy, cycling- focused concept ever since. Now, ten years later, Pryor and Klemmer have partnered with like-minded fitness enthusiasts to allow others to experience and benefit from the CycleBar experience.

I showed up at CycleBar in San Antonio, TX this weekend excited and ready to ride. I was greeted with enthusiasm and kindness from the moment I walked in. CycleBar is full of positive energy and I couldn’t wait to see “where the magic happens”, lol.

Challenge yourself, because you can!

 

If you register on line you can select a cycle and cycle shoes for the ride, totally recommend the clip in shoes!

A quick stop in the changing room allowed me to notice ponytail holders, bobby pins and wipes, OK … nice touch! They do provide a locker, towel, water bottle and even offer fresh fruit on your way out, not kidding!

 

THE CYCLEBAR MISSION

 

  • Create a fun and accessible experience for riders of all ages and fitness levels.
  • Ensure every CycleBar ride is an unparalleled multisensory, intoxicating journey.
  • Hire and retain the very best people.
  • Fuel each ride with amazing music, energy-enhancing video graphics and rider-specific performance data in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre™.
  • Deliver concierge-level service and an exhilarating experience that goes far beyond a great cardio fitness workout.
  • Rock the ride, each and every time.

I can honestly say that was truly one of the best work outs I have had in a while. Inspired to push myself with the help of a great instructor by the name of Brittany who’s motto is “do it with passion or not at all“. 

The CycleTheatre is a tiered theatre holding up to 55 custom bikes, two larger-than-life flat-screen TVs, personal data monitors, and a state-of-the-art audio, video, and lighting technology that creates a multisensory experience.

I can’t imagine adding anything else that would make the ride that much more! The high tech stationary bike makes it easy to understand and less fumbling around to stay focused on the ride. Thank you at CycleBar for the experience.

I asked the group if they could describe CycleBar in one word and here we go … exuberant, intense, invigorating, sweaty, fun, rocking, enjoyable and amazing! 

What’s on Tap at The Bar?

  • Mashup Monday
  • Wine Down Wednesday
  • Throw Back Thursday
  • Happy Hour Friday
  • Concert Series Saturday
  • Brunch Sunday

FREE RIDE with Promo Code: FIRSTFREE

(First time riders only.)

Sign up at STONEOAK.CYCLEBAR.COM

Facebook @CycleBarStoneOak

Twitte@CB_StoneOak

Instagram @CYCLEBAR

 

 

 

 

02/22/17

Fit Fun and the CYCLEBAR

Don’t limit your challenges. Challenge your limits.

It’s been a few years that I’ve tried indoor cycling and when Cycle Bar reached out to me I couldn’t say no! A fitness opportunity is not something I shy away from just get sore from, lol.

No Experience needed for this FREE ride. A positive attitude a MUST!

THE CYCLEBAR MISSION

  • Create a fun and accessible experience for riders of all ages and fitness levels.
  • Ensure every CycleBar ride is an unparalleled multisensory, intoxicating journey.
  • Hire and retain the very best people.
  • Fuel each ride with amazing music, energy-enhancing video graphics and rider-specific performance data in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre™.
  • Deliver concierge-level service and an exhilarating experience that goes far beyond a great cardio fitness workout.
  • Rock the ride, each and every time.

The more the merrier so below is the link to choose a cycle for a ride with me … March 4th @ 3pm.

Fit Fun and … see ya there!

https://stoneoak.cyclebar.com/class-detail/?apptid=1749145

 

02/1/17

SATX Social Ride: Fit fun and my Bike.

 

SATX Social Ride

Fitness. Fun. Freedom.

I heard about this group of social bicyclists that would get together on Tuesday evenings to ride the streets of downtown San Antonio SATX Social Ride a little over a year ago. I met Yvette Hernandez who is one of the organizers and Ride Marshals and she invited me to take a ride. Yvette mentioned that they were on Facebook and that they would notify the group every week on the meet-up, the mileage and how much the course would challenge us on any given Tuesday and by challenges I mean hills.

I am totally social, I had a bike that was just sitting in my garage collecting dust, I was free on Tuesday nights and this “bike thing” sounded like a great way to burn some calories. It didn’t take me long to dust off my bike, put some air in my tires and find some friends willing to explore the city.

Ready. Set. Go.

We rode our first ride in 2015 with San Antonio Social Ride and we all still ride on any given Tuesday. It is the best ride in town! The wind in our hair and smiles on our faces. This “biking thing” has become near and dear to me and I am proud to say I am a member. Slow-rolls, hills, destination rides, theme rides, mural rides, rides for a cause and my all time favorite … biking to the spooky railroads tracks by the Missions during Halloween. Biking is freedom at it’s finest.

I was introduced to Jeff Moore who is the founder of SATX Social Ride and I just knew it would be a matter of time before I highlighted this group. Here is a quick Q & A with Mr. Moore, enjoy!

 How did you get into biking?

I started biking when I was about 5 like most kids in the 60’s and 70’s. I remember riding my bike to elementary school on the Eastside in all kinds of weather. I didn’t ride too much again until after college, when mountain biking was just getting popular.

I moved into a house close to downtown and began riding in the urban area in 2000. Downtown San Antonio was pretty empty of cyclists in those days.

How did the SATX Social Ride group evolve into what it is now?

I was riding from my house in Olmos Park Terrace with a few friends. Eventually a few others would join us and it became a crowd. I moved the starting and ending point to the Pearl parking lot in 2012. In 2013 I created a Facebook page and it grew from there. The first year we rode with 20 to 50 riders and kept it spontaneous. As the group grew so did our attention to safety and organization. It’s a complete team effort now that we regularly ride with over 250 cyclists.

What would you suggest for newbies wanting to try the group?

Wear a helmet, have lights on your bike and expect to have fun. Keep in mind that this is a social ride and not a race or workout. There’s no competition or ego needed on our rides. Definitely meet some new friends.

 Do’s and dont’s for cyclist?

Our biggest concern are cyclists who ride erratically and not predictably.

It’s important to realize that in a group there are cyclists all around you and it’s imperative to ride in a straight line. Don’t ride crazy and run someone off the road or clip someone’s front tire.

 Where do you see this group in 5 years?

We are currently forming a 501c3 (nonprofit) group. I want to make this a sustaining entity which carries on with the focus of safe social riding in the urban area.

We also support, and are actively involved, with many charitable and civic organizations. I’d like for this group to be an active force in making San Antonio known as a premier bike friendly city. That is a real challenge, but one that I think is possible.

Jeff Moore ~ SATX Social Ride Founder

 

This group is made up of many volunteers and on any given Tuesday they do their best to keep riders safe. They do ask very little of us bikers in return to make it a more enjoyable experience. Do your part to ride responsibly, courteously and legally. 

This to me is “Puro San Antonio” and I love it! You don’t have to be a professional to join or even have a friend to go with because you will walk away with many new ones and the most amazing feeling of “I did it”.

Make more of your life, Bicycle.

SATX Social Ride bike club is free to anyone, whether you choose to be added to the FB bike group or not, you are welcome to ride with us. It will be your responsibility to obey traffic laws and follow recommended safety precautions. The bike club is not responsible for any injuries, traffic citations, stolen/lost bikes or other personal belongings while participating ~ SATX Social Ride.

What are you waiting for?

Fitfunand … SATX Social Ride.

Here is a link on basic rules for biking in San Antonio,TX.

SA Bike Safety Laws & Ordinances

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01/4/17

Fitness Fun with Get Fit SATX

Happy New Year!

 

It’s that time of the year … new hopes, new dreams and new resolutions.

One of the most popular resolutions is Health. It’s always at the top of my list … right next to happiness of course : ).

I love exploring different ways to stay fit all while having fun. The one constant in my life has been jogging. It’s the countless miles I’ve run that made me realize that I am capable of so much more. I am not the fastest runner out there but I cross the same finish line. This past December I ran my 24th Half Marathon in the rain with at least 7 miles in cold wet shoes. It just made my finisher medal all that much more rewarding.

Ask yourself, can I give more? The answer is usually Yes.

 

The running community is supportive and inspiring. I have trained with several running groups in the past and my personal favorite is GetFitSATX. You get your first week FREE! Athena & Joey Farias are the founders and Coaches that make up Get Fit SATX.  I met Athena at the local YMCA over 10 years ago. I remember her talking about training for the Boston Marathon and thinking “she’s crazy, who wants to run 26.2 miles and why so fast”, lol? I eventually got “crazy” myself and ran 26.2 miles too, haha.

Throughout the years I would see her at running events and although I wasn’t as fast she was, Athena was always supportive in cheering me on. That meant a lot and still does today. Athena and Joey have been able to combine healthy living through healthy eating and being physically active. Athena combines her personal experiences and formal knowledge to provide her athletes into achieving their personal best. I thought since fitness is on our brain why not share some great tips, advice and perhaps some motivation from one of San Antonio’s best, Coach Athena Farias. 

What inspired you into the fitness world?

Running gave me a way to cope with all the bad around me as a young girl. It saved my life! I wanted to be able to share how taking care of your physical health can impact your mental and emotional health in a positive way.

What is your most memorable achievement fitness goal?

My 50 mile trail run. I trained for 20 weeks and at least 6 of those weeks were in cold, wet weather. I remember one of my training runs was 26 miles. it was the most mentally challenging, my body was fine, my body didn’t hurt, my husband was there supporting and running with me, but for whatever reason my mind was weak. At the end of the run I just began crying and I couldn’t stop. It was like an internal flush because the very next day, I ran the strongest 20 miles ever!!

What is your best advice for someone who has never run or exercised but is looking to start?

Just get out there and do it. The only thing stopping you is YOU. Find something that you enjoy doing and do it! Grab a buddy too, to hold accountable.

Any do’s and dont’s while putting together fitness goals?

Do be very specific when setting goals for your health. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, have a number and have an end date. I will lose 10 pounds by Feb 28th.

Don’t be too hard on yourself … we are all human and we all may fall off the track, just remember to get back on track as soon as possible.

Easy tips on staying healthy while working out.

Drink water, it is the best thing you can do for yourself. Get the right gear for the activity you choose to do. Be sure to do a 5 minute warm up, a 5 minute cool down and a few stretches during your workout session. Don’t forget you can’t outrun or exercise a BAD diet!!

Athena is well known and highly respected in her field and has been featured on: Great Day SA, ISpeakfor.net TV, Races and Events and KABB – Health Segment.

You can contact her at:

Facebook: Get-Fit-SATX                                                                                                                                                                         Email: getfitsatx@yahoo.com                                                                                                                                                                Get Fit SATX

Athena Farias, MS                                                                                                                                                                                   CPT/CES/PES

If you are waiting for the right time to commit to be Fit & have Fun, it’s now!

 

Fitfunand … just RUN!

09/10/16
Hike n Bike through San Antonio Missions Historic Park - FitFunAnd.com

#Sunday Funday: Hike ‘n Bike through the San Antonio Missions Historic Park.

The National Park Service celebrated 100 years of service on August 25th, 2016 and we were all invited to join in on the fun. In Texas a few friends and I attended a red carpet event at a local theater to watch a screening of the National Parks Adventure IMAX film. If you haven’t already seen it I would highly suggest it!

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I am honored to represent my community as the Ambassador for Latino Outdoors~Southwest. This platform allows me to creatively explore the outdoors and highlight the beauty of Texas parks. Lucky me!

I had an amazing opportunity to not just join a celebration but put one together. I had been in contact with Tiara the Outdoor leader in San Antonio for Outdoor Afro and we thought it would be a fantastic idea to join our groups for the Centennial. These two organizations are changing the faces of conservation. A diverse set of people exploring, sharing and showcasing their love for the outdoors.

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Tiara and I thought it would be a great idea to do a Hike ‘n Bike along the beautiful river connecting our Missions.

Mission San Juan Capistrano and Mission San Francisco de la Espada are about a 3 mile round trip down the San Antonio River. Two groups, two parks and some cool peeps : ). The group was amazing and the weather was perfect!

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I am inspired and happiest the most outside exploring and it was even more special because we honored the Centennial. We hiked and biked to our destinations with smiles on our faces. A sweet thank you to San Antonio B-cycle who offered our group a 50% discount to rent the bikes located at the Missions. Find your park they said and together we did just that.

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Sunday Funday Hike n’ Bike

I wasn’t done yet! There was just one more event left for me and that was to run the NPS 100th Birthday Virtual 5k/10k/half. A virtual race is basically your pace, your race, your chosen destination. You register on line and a portion of the fee goes to the specified race and in my case, the National Park Foundation. When you complete your race you turn in your time and a couple of weeks later you receive a medal in the mail. The medal for this particular race was a Ranger Hat and you can see why this was a no brainer : ).

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I decided to run the 10k (6.2) miles over to the beautiful Mission Concepción. This stone church was dedicated in 1755, and appears very much as it did over two centuries ago. It stands proudly as the oldest unrestored stone church in America. In its heyday, colorful geometric designs covered its surface, but the patterns have long since faded or been worn away. A perfect place to reflect on what once was and what is now.

Just because the celebration has ended doesn’t mean the party is over! Head over to National Parks and be inspired to discover these amazing open spaces. Now go on and get lost, anywhere is a good place to start!

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FitfunandNPS Centennial!

 

 

 

07/31/16

#Latino Conservation Week: Inks Lake State Park, Texas.

The Latino passion for the Outdoors was in full swing. A week showcasing our fearless spirits and beautiful selves engaging, experiencing and advocating for the great Outdoors.

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Inks Lake State Park, Texas

Latino Conservation Week took place July 16 to July 24 2016.  This Nationwide initiative provided an opportunity for Latinos to come together and to demonstrate their passion for the outdoors, both for enjoyment and preservation. Highlighting our lands and the spirit that stirs the Latino souls. Disfrutando y Conservando Nuestra Tierra!

In its third year, the week as grown to more than 100 events nationwide!

I had an opportunity to host an event at Inks Lake State Park. A hill country gem perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway. Because the lake’s level usually stays constant, you can play here year-round. This would be the place to perfect our kayaking and canoeing skills.

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July 23rd was the day to gather new friends and old friends at Inks’s Lake State Park in honor of Latino Conservation Week. Many of us had no clue what our journey to the final destination aptly named Devil’s Watering Hole would include. The name alone should have scared off my tribe, LOL. Devil’s Watering Hole is a place where many daredevils take a plunge from the cliffs into a deep sink hole, YIKES! No worries, it really is a pretty safe place.

I couldn’t wait to get into the water to try the kayak and listening to the nervous chatter and laughter around me I knew I wasn’t the only one!

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I am extremely happy that my group trusted me in guiding them to a location that I just knew would take us out of our comfort zone but in the greatest way. We engaged, we explored and we even walked a little taller exiting our kayaks & canoes. Every day is a chance to be greater than the day before. Mission accomplished for Latino Outdoors Southwest!

A special thanks to Sean D. Jones our Park Ranger Interpreter, Jasmine Scott with Texas Parks & Wildlife and to the sweet volunteer Allicia. Jasmine was my first point of contact and was excited to hear about the initiative and the event and even volunteered to come in on her day off to be with us, wow!

Exploring every chance we get. Mountains, Hills, Rivers, Lakes, Trails … here we come, Latino Outdoors.

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Fitfunand … Afuera!

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07/19/16

#TexasParks: Take a Hike Y’all!

I love Texas where just about any road trip leads you to a nearby river, lake or spring. The Texas heat can get pretty brutal so a park with water to dive, dip or swim, is a must for me. Thank you Texas for having some amazing watering holes!

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. This centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship in America’s parks which will engage communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs.

We have all been invited to Find Your Park on a national level and to explore programs in our own backyard.

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My “backyard” is the Texas Hill Country. Texas is my state, born and raised!  A 25-county region of Central Texas and South Texas. The Hill Country reaches into portions of the two metropolitan areas, especially in San Antonio’s northern suburbs and the western half of Travis County, ending southwest of Downtown Austin.

A perfect road trip would include family, friends, hills, river fun and if i’m really lucky a winery or two : ).

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Dry Comal Creek

I do have some favorite parks that made the “must visit because Josie said” list : )! These beautiful outdoor parks are in no particular order because each park is unique in what is has to offer. Local Parks, State Parks, National Parks or the ever popular Texas watering holes. I am happy to share some of these outdoor gems with you, because after all … Sharing is caring! 

Texas Parks

Garner State Park

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Pedernales State Park

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Guadalupe River State Park

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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

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Hamilton Pool Preserve

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San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Texas

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Mission San Jose

Krause Springs

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Comal Springs & Landa Park

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Mitchell Lake Audubon

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Big Bend National Park Texas

 

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Texas parks have my heart. I am never disappointed but I would be if I hadn’t wandered. Big Bend was the biggest and definitely the most challenging for me so far in terms of the terrain but it left me wanting more. I know in my heart I will be going back and I will set no boundaries for the open spaces that nurture my soul and make me smile ear to ear : ). The more I discover the more I uncover … my happy place, Outdoors!

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Big Bend National Park Texas

Latino Outdoors ~ Josie Southwest Ambassador

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Malibu Creek State Park – California

Take the Pledge to Take Care of Texas and receive a FREE Texas Parks & Wildlife State Park Guide and a FREE sticker!

Free Texas Hill Country PassportVisit 18 or more of the 24 Hill Country destinations. Have your passport stamped at each location and then win tickets, outdoor adventures, tours and more.

Join us in Celebrating Latino Conservation Week at Inks Lake State Park.

For additional information email Josie@latinooutdoors.org

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Fitfunand … Parks!!

 

 

 

 

03/6/16

Together-Nature Bird Walk at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center w/Latino Outdoors

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A Nature Bird Walk at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center was to be the first stop for 2016 and being the Southwest Ambassador for Latino Outdoors I now have more of a platform in sharing adventures and organizing group activities to connect Cultura and the outdoors.

My 1st event had to include kids. I have a 5 year old granddaughter and she thinks anything outdoors is a LO event, I love that! My granddaughter and I became familiar with Mitchell Lake about 6 months ago at one of their events.

The Mission of the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center is to connect people with nature through conservation and community education focused on birds and their habitats.

I met Patty (my guide) on a butterfly tour that she was leading at Mitchell Lake and was impressed by her knowledge and enthusiasm for wildlife & plants. It became apparent to me when she pronounced the names of the plants in Spanish that she was the guide for me. Screenshot_2016-03-06-15-02-47-1

A couple of months later I decided to organize my first outing for LO. The idea would be a Nature inspired Bird walk at Mitchell Lake. The young ones are the next generation and they would be my inspiration. We kept the group small since we only had 1 Patty : ).

Patty provided us all with binoculars courtesy of the Audubon. Who knew you could check them out during your visit there? I know now : ). We walked, we talked, we learned and most of all we connected,

The Audubon is a wildlife center for thousands of birds/plants and wildlife. They have acres of land, a duck pond and even a lake (not for swimming).

Patty is a wealth of information on plants and wildlife. The kids and the adults had a wonderful time playing with the binoculars, spotting birds and seeing wildlife in a whole new way. Seeing their smiling faces and asking questions made my soul melt. No texting, no talking on cell phones and no one cared about social media if only for a short time. I felt I had succeeded in connecting Cultura with Nature. We all left wanting more … mission accomplished!

There was one more surprise, Patty mentioned that she had documented the birds we saw and wanted to know if we wanted to be a part of Cornell Lab of Ornithology with ebird.

A real-time, online checklist program, eBird has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird provides rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance.

The answer was a simple YES from the entire group. I couldn’t have imagined a happier ending. I was hoping to inspire at least 1 sweet soul and I was the one who was inspired by them all : ). I can’t wait for the next outing so stay tuned.

 

Fitfunand … AFUERA.

 

Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

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