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The Ouachitas

AdventuresSteven SilvaComment

@freakinsilva dropping in, a little over a week ago, before my knee surgery, I was lucky enough to get away for some hiking. Here's my write up:

Oklahoma's native roots have given us names like Talihina, Talimena, and Ouachita. If you're not familiar, Talimena is classic small-town America – just a sleepy outpost near Talimena State Park, nestled in the Ouachita Mountain Range. This area is a great change of pace. I so strongly associate Oklahoma with the Great Plains that I feel like I occasionally overlook all the trees in the southeastern part of the state. It's a straight forest out there! 

Mark getting that fresh air

Mark getting that fresh air

There are 223 miles of trail running through the Ouachitas, stretching across Oklahoma and Arkansas. My legs were toast well before that. 20 miles ain't bad. 

There are spaces with incredibly minimal trails, sparsely dotted with old routed wood signs, where you really feel far from civilization. And then there are campgrounds around the lake, with water hookups and stables catering to equine trails. A bunch of families were riding horses near the water, which was vintage old west.

If you've never been, and you like fresh air, it's a great spot! Check it out, and check out our pals @travelok for more great spots. 

Plaza Beer Walks!

Dusty GilpinComment

Bring your walking boots this Wednesday (7/27) so you can stroll the streets for some sweet @lagunitas brewskis across your favorite little @plazadistrict! You're invited!

This marks our humble community's inaugural pub crawl. Plaza Beer Walks will take place 5 to 9 PM the final Wednesday of each month. They will showcase cold craft pours from featured brewers in an effort to have a bit of fun while raising money for local schools.

Putting the Pub in Public Schools!

Putting the Pub in Public Schools!

We'll be keeping our doors open late as well, so you can wander in and order up one of these fresh Ts! They will be available for just $15, and profits will be added to the fundraising effort. Here's how it works: A portion of beer sales will be socked away. Participating restaurants will also take donations. All of this money will be dispensed quarterly to provide support for neighborhood schools, the local kids, and their tireless teachers.

@lagunitasbeer has the first spot on our card. Some of their reps will make rounds to break down the beers and hand out free swag. Here's what you have to do: Follow the map and knock back a few cold ones!

A real life treasure trove

A real life treasure trove

Just jump from place to place purchasing the featured Lagunitas beer. You'll receive a super special ticket with each purchase. Hang on to those tickets!

When you make it to Oak & Ore, swap em out for a wicked cool, limited-edition Lagunitas glass!

Remember, a chunk of each sale will go towards schools around the Plaza District to hopefully put some ice on the budget cuts they're facing this year.

This is one of those rare instances where your beer-drinking can do some real good! Show your support and come out for camaraderie! You can follow @plazabeerwalks to stay in the loop!

Lambo Shreds California!

AdventuresLamboComment

     Hey everyone it's Lambo, Tree and Leaf's shop rider/newest employee. Last week I was fortunate enough to go on one of my biannual trips to California to visit family and friends. For the most part I am a fairly new face around the Plaza District and I definitely love living here, but since I basically grew up in California it will always feel like my home away from home. Originally hailing from Cleveland, Ohio (WOOOOO! GO BROWNS!!), my family and I moved around a lot when I was younger until we finally settled in Apple Valley, California. For most, what seems like a small town on the southern edge of the Mojave Desert, this is the place where I went to high school, met almost all of my closest friends, and started to really get into skateboarding. That being said, it is always a fun filled treat when I get to go back.      

     I made no hesitation to start my vacation with full force. My first day in California I met up with my good buddy Johnny, who is an amazing photographer and an equally talented BMXer! One of the things Johnny and I like to do is open up Google Maps, switch to the satellite view setting, and just look from a birds eye view at potential spots that we can shred. Luckily Johnny was way ahead of me and had all the spots mapped out. First spot on the list was an abandoned pool in the next town over. 

     With me, half the fun of skating an abandoned pool is cleaning that bad boy. Sometimes you just have to roll your sleeves up and accidentally get some stagnant pool water in your mouth...

That water looks a lot cleaner than it actually was ha!

That water looks a lot cleaner than it actually was ha!

Good to go.

Good to go.

30 minutes later it was straight to business. Rock to fakie some tight transition.

30 minutes later it was straight to business. Rock to fakie some tight transition.

That was a wrap on spot #1. I was able to film a few tricks for a new Tree and Leaf edit I have been working on, stay tuned.

That was a wrap on spot #1. I was able to film a few tricks for a new Tree and Leaf edit I have been working on, stay tuned.

     With plenty of daylight left we headed to the next spot. The cool thing about the Mojave Desert is that it is surrounded by what I would consider a tiny mountain range, AKA Silverwood. These mountains are home to some of the most beautiful hiking trails, hot springs, and national parks. We decided to take a little trip up to Silverwood and on the way we were blessed with The Holy Grail of skate spots. The fullpipe. The cool thing about this fullpipe was that it was actually the first one that I have ever skated, and let me tell you it is not easy. Johnny kept pestering me on busting something cool out on it, so I had to let the creative juices flow for a second and this was the outcome.

I honestly can't tell you what this trick is called, but it definitely isn't EASY.

I honestly can't tell you what this trick is called, but it definitely isn't EASY.

Once you get warmed up sometimes you just can't control what your legs do. Got a little loose with this one. P.S. the attempt before this I slammed so hard I thought that I broke my wrist. Just picture me running around holding my hand and whimpering like a lost puppy.

Once you get warmed up sometimes you just can't control what your legs do. Got a little loose with this one. P.S. the attempt before this I slammed so hard I thought that I broke my wrist. Just picture me running around holding my hand and whimpering like a lost puppy.

     There was nothing much left I could do on this colossus, and Johnny wouldn't stop complaining about how hungry he was so we decided to take off. But like I said, Silverwood is a beautiful place and sometimes you get sidetracked.  

We couldn't resist, sometimes Mother Nature just calls to you.

We couldn't resist, sometimes Mother Nature just calls to you.

     After we got some food in Johnny's system we hit up a few more spots, but with the cameras dying and my preference to keep some things in the dark for my Tree and Leaf edit we decided to call it day.

     Some say that "first is the worst", but honestly the first day of my California venture was probably best. It was so great in fact, that I don't need to talk about the rest of my trip (plus I'm sure you don't really want to hear any of that boring family stuff. SORRY MOM haha.) I'd like to finish by giving the BIGGEST THANKS that I can to Tree and Leaf for making sure I'm staying fresh on and off the board and to MasterLensmanFlex Johnny for the sick shots! If you guys like bikes, airplanes, hiking, and just having an all around good time be sure to check out more of Johnny's photos on his personal social media sites: FACEBOOK â€¢ VSCO â€¢ INSTAGRAM

Be on the lookout for my Tree and Leaf edit "CHUMP" coming soon. Thanks everyone!