20 state parks within a day’s trip from San Antonio that are perfect for fall camping
Saturday marks the first official day of the fall season, meaning cooler weather (should) be ahead. If you’ve been wanting to spend time outdoors but have been avoiding it due to the heat, now’s the time to plan for those fall camping trips.
Camping, hiking, outdoor gear in high demand during the pandemic
Camping, hiking, outdoor gear in high demand during the pandemicPublished: August 19, 2020, 10:50 pmAccording to the Outdoor Industry Association, which tracks information for the industry, more Americans took up new outdoor hobbies between April and June this year. Initial reports show the most popular activities were running, bicycling and hiking.
Hiker rescued after getting lost at Big Bend Ranch State Park in 106-degree weather, TPW officials say
Texas Parks and Wildlife reported that a hiker was rescued Friday after getting lost at Big Bend Ranch State Park without food or water in 106-degree heat. A hiker at the 300,000-acre Big Bend Ranch State Park got lost on the trail. The next morning, another park police officer was informed about a possible lost hiker, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials said in a statement. An additional game warden, two state park rangers, a U.S. Border Patrol agent and a Presidio County Sheriffs Deputy were able to help the hiker climb back over the pour-offs, officials said. Related: Overnight camping reopens at Texas State Parks, reservations can be made starting this week
12+ backpacking items that double as backyard campout gear
SAN ANTONIO – You need them when you hike, but you’ll find these items are handy at home, too. Jordan Lauterstein, owner of San Antonio’s Good Sports Outdoor Outfitters, rounds up more than a dozen things usually used for backpacking that will make camping in your back yard easier and more comfortable. Helinox lightweight camping chair - Fun colors, holds up to 320 poundsNEMO Victory sunshade - Lightweight, fits onto NEMO waterproof beach blanketRumpl puffy blanket - Lightweight, insulated, weather resistant, corner loops, cape clipThe North Face homestead snackle box - Duffle bag for snacks and drinks, insulated, waterproof, daisy chains to attach to gear, built-in bottle openerFenix flashlight - LED tactical flashlight, used by hunters and ranchers, spreads light evenly across the beamBen’s and Natrapel bug repellent - Ben’s Tick & Insect Repellent contains DEET and is recommended for use in areas of heavy infestation; Natrapel is all natural, DEET-free, non-greasy and repels insects for up to 12 hoursOluKai sandals - Yes, you will pay extra for these, but they will last you forever; footwear created for durability and the ocean lifestyle; every pair gives back with a portion of all proceeds directly supporting the Ama OluKai Foundation, honoring those who preserve and celebrate the cultural heritage and Aloha spirit of Hawaii (Full disclosure: I bought a pair for my wedding and I’ve worn them just about every day since ~Diana)Patagonia provisions - Responsibly sourced foodKAVU rope bag - Trendy, cotton canvas bag with adjustable rope strap, durable day pack for on the trail or around townHydro Flask - Water bottle that keeps liquids hot or cold; tumblers, coffee, beer, wine bottles availableDoggy gear - Ruffwear water pouch; NiteHowl LED safety necklaceNEMO Aurora 2-person tent - Keeps mosquitos out, can be used open or closed, shady and lightweightNEMO Tensor insulated sleeping pad - Lightweight, stable and packable, two layers of metalized filmGood Sports Outdoor Outfitters is offering in-store shopping and curbside right now. The store offers tips for responsible social distancing in the outdoors in the Facebook post below.
Have some ‘reel fun’ close to home at these San Antonio fishing spots
SAN ANTONIO – If you’re looking take a quick trip outdoors, you may want to check out one of these local fishing spots. Even if you aren’t a fan of fishing, some of these fishing destinations also feature hiking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, and camping. Woodlawn Lake ParkLocated at 221 Alexander Avenue, this is one of the most popular fishing spots in San Antonio, according to Yelp users. Elmendorf Lake ParkLocated at 3700 W Commerce Street, Elmendorf Lake Park allows fishing from the bank or a pier overlooking the water. For more information, click here.