Sunday, April 25, 2010

It is true that this blog is primarily about getting out into nature, but more than that, it is really about just getting outdoors in general and being active. That being said, few things combine being outside with having a great time like a live music festival, and Norman has its very own every year by way of the Norman Music Festival.

The Norman Music Festival just held its third annual event this weekend, and this year's was the biggest yet with an early estimate of upwards of 35,000 people getting out for the two day festival featuring some of the best up and coming bands from around the country, food vendors ranging from healthier vegetarian cuisine to classic fried favorites, and merchants set up selling all of the band memorabilia one could ever hope for. The festival took place right in the heart of downtown Norman on Main Street and was absolutely free to anyone who wanted to attend.

The fest has grown in each of its first three years now, going from just about 13,000 total spectators in its first year to over 25,000 in its second and finally moving from a one day festival to a two day event this year to accommodate the crowds. There is truly something for everybody at this event and not just in the way of music. There is an area showcasing films by local filmmakers, an area for kids complete with rides, and all kinds of giveaways all the way down Main Street. The Norman Music Festival is an awesome event that brings a lot of money, good publicity and above all, a good time to the city of Norman. So, if you have not been able to check one out yet, make sure and get to next year's festival.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Myriad Botanical Gardens

If there is one thing that can hinder any outdoor plans in a hurry, it is the weather. Unfortunately for outdoor lovers in Oklahoma, this state is known for crazy weather that can go from being sunny and 75 degrees one day to having a freak snowstorm the next. So, what happens when a well planned outdoor adventure suddenly gets ruined thanks to an onslaught of inclimate weather? Sure, it is easy to just give in and stay inside watching television all day, but there are other options if one just thinks a little bit outside the box.

One such option is the Myriad Botanical Gardens right in the heart of Oklahoma City. This mini indoor rainforest offers visitors the unique experience of getting to feel like they have just stepped in the middle of a jungle no matter what the weather is like. With thousands of unique plants, and even a little tropical wildlife in the huge glass building, it is easy for one to forget that they are in Oklahoma while visiting the Botanical Gardens. So, next time a sudden downpour ruins your outdoor plans, rather than just sit at home, make the short trip to the Myriad Botanical Gardens to get a little taste of the outdoors while still staying dry.

Friday, April 2, 2010

This is an interview with Sam Tiffany of the Thunderbird Sailing Club. The club holds many races and events throughout the year, and strives to promote sailing education in the community. People of all skill levels are encouraged to check out the club. For more information on the Thunderbird Sailing Club and sailing events in the Norman area, be sure to check out