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  1. BCO & HTXO present SUP 101 June 3, 2020 – 7 pm – 8 pm online Have you always wanted to try Stand-up Paddle Boarding but you are worried about going by yourself, not having the equipment you need, or you just don't know where to start? We make paddle boarding easy! Look like a pro from day 1: We're going to share our tips that so you never have to worry about looking like a beginner. Many times people active outdoors like to help but when someone stops to tell you you're doing something wrong, it can be embarrassing even when the advice is coming from good intentions. We're going to show you the biggest mistakes beginners make and how you can avoid them. Gear: Who wants to invest money in something before they know if they will even like it? Spending money on the paddle board, paddle, life jacket and accessories can be expensive! Plus don't forget, where are you going to store it and how are you going to transport it! Don't worry, we have multiple solutions for you! Worried about standing-up? Did you know that many experienced paddlers will still sit or kneel on their boards at times? Don't worry if you can't or are ready to stand-up. We're going to talk about different ways to use your board and when it's appropriate to stand. Once you're ready to stand, you'll know exactly what to do. Plus... what happens if you do fall in? You can fall gracefully and get back on without catching anyone's eye (except if you need some help... don't be afraid to ask! Water people are all about helping!!) Register for this free, online, live SUP 101 webinar and if you stay till the end, you'll receive access to an exclusive gift. But supplies are very limited so you'll need to act fast once we announce it at the end of the webinar. Click here to RSVP https://event.webinarjam.com/register/3/m0kwnsq We're going to send several reminders for the live webinar because by the time the replay goes out, the exclusive offer will likely be full. For additional information, please e-mail to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com   *** Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918
  2. Fire Starter Workshop April 30, 2020 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM online Starting a fire is easy when you have lighter fluid, a torch and easy access to dry wood. But what happens when your wood is wet, your lighter breaks, or you only have large logs! Today we have a special guest, our friend Nick Blackman from Wazoo Survival Gear LLC who's going to show us: * Basic skills needed to start a fire regardless of what you have around you * How to find various fire starters, tinders, etc. (We all know you can buy fat wood but do you know where to find it naturally?) * Different techniques for starting a fire * How to start a fire with just a little flint steel * Tips for building and maintaining a campfire Plus, watch Amy attempt to start a fire using a small piece of flint steel. Yikes... this could be interesting! How to Join: RSVP below for log-in details and a download for building a fire. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fire-starter-workshop-tickets-103774712960 Ask questions! * If you have questions already, please submit them to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com * As you think of questions during the presentation, you'll be able to ask live!
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    BCO & HTXO present Hiking 101 April 15, 2020 – 7 PM – 8 PM Online at https://event.webinarjam.com/register/2/pq2xzbm Normally we suggest hiking with other people. Since that's a bit more challenging right now, here's what we'll cover: * Hiking solo or in small numbers, * How to stay safe * What you need to know before hitting the trails * What gear do you need and what's a nice to have * Where to go now * Where to go when we get the green light How to Join: We're hosting a live webinar. We are not going to broadcast live on Facebook but we'll post the replay on Facebook afterwards. Register with this link https://event.webinarjam.com/register/2/pq2xzbm so you get the reminders, the link to join the meeting and the replay. For additional information, please e-mail to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com     *** Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918 
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    BCO Monthly Mixer March 26, 2020 6 pm - 9 pm Petrol Station 985 Wakefield Dr, Houston, TX 77018 Looking for outdoor activities and people to go with? Make new friends who have a passion for the outdoors, trying new things and exploring Houston. Let’s head a little North for this social and check out Petrol Station. They have a large patio so we’ll be outback.  Great food and plenty of drinks to choose from. When to arrive:   This is a come and go event since we'll be in the same location the entire time.  Can't make it right at 6 pm?  No Problem!  When you RSVP, in the notes section, just let us know roughly what time you're coming so we know how many seats to save.  We don't want to be 'that person' saving seats all night! 😊 What to expect:   This is a laid back event so you can make it what you want.  And don't worry if you don't drink.  We're not a "sloppy get drunk" group and several members don't drink.  It's just a place to gather and start talking about outdoor events you want to do! How to find the group: When you arrive, go to the patio outback. Look for the Bayou City Outdoors signs to find the group.  There will be a check-in table.  We know it's not always fun going places by yourself so when you arrive we'll help introduce you to people. Parking: Street parking. It can be limited so consider taking an Uber or carpooling. Post in the Facebook group if you want to find a carpool buddy! RSVP at https://bit.ly/39FyGPL for additional information, please e-mail to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com   Never been before? No worries! More than half of the people going have never been before and many people show up by themselves. So when you show up, if everyone looks like they have known each other for years.... Don’t worry. They likely just met. Look for the event leader and then they know it’s your first time and we’ll make sure to take care of you! *** Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918 
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    BCO Party in the Park March 22, 2020 – 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM Meet at Memorial Park by the rugby/soccer field parking lot N Picnic Lane Houston, TX 77007 Let’s face it. When you go on a hike and you don’t really know anyone, you tend to just talk to the person who’s walking next to you. And while we try to mix things up on the hike, there’s no better way to get to know people than over a little food and drinks! So whether you went on the hike or not, join us for a party in the park! We’ll bring cornhole and grab a volleyball court if one is available. Plus we’ll provide light snacks. What to bring: - Camping chair or something to sit on (you can get one for $5 at Academy) - Lunch or snack to share - Comfortable shoes to change into after the hike - Sun protection - Drink of choice (no glass, no styrofoam.) How to find the group: Park near the rugby fields and walk across the street to the volleyball nets. NOTE: Our hike is done about 11:30 am at Memorial Park so if you arrive before us, please grab a table near an open volleyball court. Parking: There is a small parking lot at the Rugby Fields, Street parking and a larger lot by the baseball fields (on picnic lane, not the regular 3-mile running loop.) RSVP at https://bit.ly/38zCbY7 for additional information, please e-mail to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com   Never been before? No worries! More than half of the people going have never been before and many people show up by themselves. So when you show up, if everyone looks like they have known each other for years.... Don’t worry. They likely just met. Look for the event leader and then them know it’s your first time and we’ll make sure to take care of you! *** Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918 
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    BCO presents A Walk in the Woods Aka Hiking Houston March 22, 2020 – meet at 9:30 am, start at 10:00 am until 11:30 am Meet at Memorial Park by the rugby/soccer field parking lot N Picnic Lane Houston, TX 77007 Join us for an hour and a half, quick-paced hike through some of the lesser-known (and more adventuresome) trails our park has to offer. Hiking in Houston does exist! And we’re going to show you by taking you on some ‘hidden’ trails that even some native Houstonians don’t know about! And, it’s right here, inside the loop! What to Wear: These are actual trails!! Wear tennis shoes or hiking boots, as it’s easy to bang a toe on a tree root. You’ll be shocked at some of the "elevation" in the park that you wouldn’t expect from just driving by. Wear long pants, yes, even in the summer. It helps to protect your legs from bugs, critters and branches that might jump out and bite you! What else to bring: - Water! Water is required. - Bug Spray - Sun Protection - hat, sunglasses, long sleeves, sunscreen - Long pants and sturdy shoes Where to meet & Park: Please, check the meeting location map (https://bit.ly/2M6GKST ) on the calendar before you head over to the park.  It’s a big park, and we try and leave on time! If the lot is full, there is plenty of street parking. How to find the group: Look for the BCO sign for where the parking lot is. We’ll be on the grass at the back of that parking lot. (not standing in the parking lot.) Fees: This Event is free for BCO members and member guests and $5 for Non-members Never been before? No worries! More than half of the people going have never been before and many people show up by themselves. So when you show up, if everyone looks like they have known each other for years.... Don’t worry. They likely just met. Look for the event leader and then they know it’s your first time and we’ll make sure to take care of you! 😀 After the hike, stay for a party in the park. We’ll bring cornhole and grab a volleyball court if one is available. Bring your lunch or snacks to share and your favorite beverage. No glass, no styrofoam. We’ll bring some light snacks to share. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bco-presents-a-walk-in-the-woods-aka-hiking-houston-tickets-95216054783 For additional info e-mail info@bayoucityoutdoors.com … Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918
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    BCO & HTXO present: Backpacking 101 (live) March 18, 2019 - 6:45 PM – 8:00 PM Whole Earth Provision Co., 2501 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056 OR online at www.facebook.com/BayouCityOutdoors/ Don’t let inexperience stop you from taking the trail of a lifetime! Backpacking is camping to the extreme. It enables you to take the path less traveled and find those once in a lifetime, National Geographic worthy vistas! It’s about finding your inner John Muir and taking only what you need. Backpacking is truly the ultimate adventure. However, it’s an adventure where preparation could make or break your trip and your back. One of the biggest mistakes rookies make is overpacking. Normally, we take pride in fitting an outstanding amount of objects into our bags, but for backpacking, you have to find a balance. The longer your going to carry your pack, the more important this is. Your pack needs to be light enough to lug for miles and miles, while still having everything you need. As backpacking veterans, we’ve learned through experience how to do just that. How to find the group: Join us in person, or check us out online via our Facebook LIVE event on the BCO Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BayouCityOutdoors/). Both events run simultaneously, and you can join the Q&A online or in person. We’re in the back of the store near the shoe section. If you do happen to drop in, you have the chance to win some very cool giveaways compliments of Whole Earth Provision. The giveaway will be held at the end of the presentation. Plus Karbach providing cold beverages while supplies last. Parking: Large parking lot, not a problem! Each month we take a topic, drill down as quick & deep as we can, to get you up to speed and out playing. We’ll take Q&A after the presentation to help guide everyone into outdoor summer fun mastery. What will we talk about? We’re going to get through as many of these essentials as we can plus a Q&A at the end: - Food and water needs and options - Backcountry toilets and beyond - Building up to carrying your pack - How to pack your pack – lighter is better - What you need in your first aid kit - Filtering water with several different types of filters - Staying safe around potential predators - How, where and why to hang your personal effects and food Bonus! Join us and you'll also be able to download the free “#10Essentials for Backpacking” that evening - we promise to get you backpacking like the best! Everything you need to know, buy, skip, learn and carry in a single, awesome tip sheet. Before you head out on the trail, join us for the evening chat. RSVP at https://bit.ly/38B3i4K For additional information, please e-mail us to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com . … Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918
  8. BCO Happy 2020 Mixer January 23, 2020 - 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. 2101 Summer St, Houston, TX 77007 They have wine!! Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about our non-beer drinkers! Want to check out a great patio and view of downtown? This month, BCO’s monthly mixer will be hosted at Buffalo Bayou Brewing, located just south of I10. Crush City is one of Amy’s favorite beers and they have a ton more to choose from. Plus, wine, bubbly, sake, and cider! What the better way to wrap up the week and start the weekend than with good friends at a cool new spot with great food, great drinks, and great views!!    New to BCO?  We’re here to introduce you around!  This BCO mixer is open to everyone! Bring your friends and come early, drop-in or stay until close, but whatever you do – stop by! You'll get the inside scoop on upcoming events.  Parking: consider ubering so you can try a flight of beers. How to find the group: Look for the Bayou City Outdoors Sign. Once we grab some tables, we’ll also post on the Facebook page, how to find us. RSVP at https://bit.ly/2EGddsI for additional information, please e-mail to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com       ***  Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918
  9. BCO & HTXO Live Q&A Dinner - Take 2 January 20, 2020 - 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Beck’s Prime 1001 E Memorial Loop Dr, Houston, TX 77007 Did you miss the first Q&A session and still have questions? Join us for Take 2! Life has a way of making us start over every few years. Relationships change, you have kids, your friends have kids, kids leave the house, move to a new city, start a new job… and even just wanting to change the routine you’ve been stuck in for a while now. New to BCO or HTXO or curious to discover the ins and outs of what our social, outdoor activity group is about? Perhaps, you're a little nervous about attending an outing alone. This event is designed specifically for YOU! Whatever your questions and reasons for attending, DO IT! You'll meet folks in the same exact boat as you, and you'll learn a whole lot about the upcoming fun Bayou City Outdoors and HTXoutdoors has coming your way. Our calendar can be a little overwhelming with 20 to 30 events every month, so let us explain some of our favorites, and tell you everything you need to know about being a BCO / HTXO member. If you’re looking for friends who: • Want to get out of the house and explore Houston • Have similar interests such as hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, etc • Want to try new things even if they don’t really know where to start • Don’t cancel on you last minute, even if they were the ones who invited you first! • Want to Travel around the US and Internationally • And much much more! Then you’re in the right place. Join us in person at Becks Prime as we talk about: · What BCO & HTXO are all about · What’s on the calendar and where we are going · What you get as a member of BCO & HTXO · And if BCO or HTXO is for you! PLUS, when you attend live in person, we’ll tell you about a BONUS available to you. What to expect at the event: We work hard to make this event a little more “formal” (if we could ever be accused of that) than our “Meet & Greets.” We'll have a presentation, Q&A and social time, too. Some of our Event Leaders will also be on hand to talk about their upcoming events! Make new friends and learn about all the fun you're about to have in Houston and worldwide! How to find the group: Look for the BCO & HTXO sign. We’re usually in the small room that you can see from the counter where you order food. Ordering food and drinks is counter service so grab something when you arrive. Cost: The event is free; however, you will need to pay for any food you order. Parking – Parking in front of Beck’s; we share a lot with the golf course. There is a new pay station in the parking lot. For just $1, you can park for the entire event and you’re supporting all of the amazing changes the park is making to provide a new outdoor experience in the middle of the city! If you have questions that you would like for us to cover, please submit them to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com or info@HTXoutdoors.com RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2ZbyNhS ***  Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918
  10. BCO presents A Walk in the Woods Aka Hiking in Houston January 18, 2020 – meet at 9:30 AM, start at 10 AM to 11:30 AM Meet at Memorial Park by the rugby/soccer field parking lot N Picnic Lane Houston, TX 77007 Join us for an hour and a half, quick-paced hike through some of the lesser-known (and more adventuresome) trails our park has to offer. About this Event Hiking in Houston does exist! And we’re going to show you by taking you on some ‘hidden’ trails that even some native Houstonians don’t know about! And, it’s right here, inside the loop! What to Wear: These are actual trails!! Wear tennis shoes or hiking boots, as it’s easy to bang a toe on a tree root. You’ll be shocked at some of the "elevation" in the park that you wouldn’t expect from just driving by. Wear long pants, yes, even in the summer. It helps to protect your legs from bugs, critters and branches that might jump out and bite you! What else to bring: - Water! Water is required. - Bug Spray - Sun Protection - hat, sunglasses, long sleeves, sunscreen - Long pants and sturdy shoes Where to Park: Please, check the meeting location map (https://bit.ly/2M6GKST ) on the calendar before you head over to the park.  It’s a big park, and we try and leave on time! If the lot is full, there is plenty of street parking. How to find the group: Look for the BCO sign for where the parking lot is. We’ll be on the grass at the back of that parking lot. (not standing in the parking lot.) Fees: This Event is free for BCO & HTXO members and member guests and $5 for Non-members Never been before?? No worries! More than half of the people going have never been before and many people show up by themselves. So when you show up, if everyone looks like they have known each other for years.... Don’t worry. They likely just met. Look for the event leader and then they know it’s your first time and we’ll make sure to take care of you! RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bco-presents-a-walk-in-the-woods-aka-hiking-in-houston-tickets-86930903673 For additional info e-mail info@bayoucityoutdoors.com … Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918
  11. BCO & HTXO present: Hiking 101 (live) January 15, 2020 – 6:45 PM – 8 PM Whole Earth Provision Co. 2501 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056 OR online at www.facebook.com/BayouCityOutdoors/ Hiking. Exercise for people who hate exercise. Am I right?!   Whether you enjoy urban hikes or backcountry treks, it’s important to know where you’re going, what to wear, and what supplies you’ll need to take with you. Believe it or not, there’s more to hiking than just owning a good pair of boots, and we’d love to share our knowledge with you!   Join us in person, or check us out online via our Facebook LIVE event on the BCO Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BayouCityOutdoors/). Both events run simultaneously, and you can join the Q&A online or in person. If you do happen to drop in, you have the chance to win some very cool giveaways compliments of Whole Earth Provision. The giveaway will be held at the end of the presentation. Plus Karbach providing cold beverages while supplies last.   What topics will we cover? - Hiking Safety Tips - How to find trailheads - Gear Essentials for every trip - Gear – how to save $$’s and corners you NEVER want to cut - Trekking poles; how to use, size and set-up for varying terrains - Basic exercises to get in hiking shape - Basic maintenance – make your gear last a lifetime - Trail etiquette & Leave No Trace - Best trails in Houston & close by     Don’t forget to sign up for a chance to win the drawing. Whole Earth likes to giveaway some great gear! If you have questions you would like us to cover, please email us at info@bayoucityoutdoors.com   RSVP at https://bit.ly/2ScN3FW Never been before?? No worries! More than half of the people going have never been before and many people show up by themselves. So when you show up, if everyone looks like they have known each other for years.... Don’t worry. They likely just met. Look for the event leader and then they know it’s your first time and we’ll make sure to take care of you!   …….  Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918
  12. BCO Live Q&A Dinner January 13, 2020 - 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Beck’s Prime 1001 E Memorial Loop Dr, Houston, TX 77007 Life has a way of making us start over every few years. Relationships change, you have kids, your friends have kids, kids leave the house, move to a new city, start a new job… and even just wanting to change the routine you’ve been stuck in for a while now. New to BCO or curious to discover the ins and outs of what our social, outdoor activity group is about? Perhaps, you're a little nervous about attending an outing alone. This event is designed specifically for YOU! Whatever your questions and reasons for attending, DO IT! You'll meet folks in the same exact boat as you, and you'll learn a whole lot about the upcoming fun Bayou City Outdoors has coming your way. Our calendar can be a little overwhelming with 20 to 30 events every month, so let us explain some of our favorites, and tell you everything you need to know about being a BCO / HTXO member. If you’re looking for friends who: • Want to get out of the house and explore Houston • Have similar interests such as hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, etc • Want to try new things even if they don’t really know where to start • Don’t cancel on you last minute, even if they were the ones who invited you first! • Want to Travel around the US and Internationally • And much much more! Then you’re in the right place. Join us in person at Becks Prime as we talk about: · What BCO is all about · What’s on the calendar and where we are going · What you get as a member of BCO · And if BCO is for you! PLUS, when you attend live in person, we’ll tell you about a BONUS available to you. What to expect at the event: We work hard to make this event a little more “formal” (if we could ever be accused of that) than our “Meet & Greets.” We'll have a presentation, Q&A and social time, too. Some of our Event Leaders will also be on hand to talk about their upcoming events! Make new friends and learn about all the fun you're about to have in Houston and worldwide! How to find the group: Look for the BCO sign. We’re usually in the small room that you can see from the counter where you order food. Ordering food and drinks is counter service so grab something when you arrive. Cost: The event is free; however, you will need to pay for any food you order. Parking – Parking in front of Beck’s; we share a lot with the golf course. There is a new pay station in the parking lot. For just $1, you can park for the entire event and you’re supporting all of the amazing changes the park is making to provide a new outdoor experience in the middle of the city! If you have questions that you would like for us to cover, please submit them to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2PGedTW For additional information, please e-mail to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com ***  Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918
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    Lunch in Park January 12, 2020 – 1 pm - 2:00 pm Lake Houston Wilderness Park 25840 FM 1485, New Caney, TX 77357 After the hike, let’s enjoy lunch in the park! It’s a great way to unwind after the hike, relax in nature and meet more people who might not have been hiking next to you. What to bring: · Lunch or snacks to share · Camping chair · Sun protection · An extra layer as you cool off after the hike · Extra water or drink of choice with lunch (no glass, no styrofoam) Fees: This is a free Event to attend but there is a $3 entrance fee per person. This is not a TX State Park so your park pass will not work. The entrance fee is paid at the park when you arrive. Plan some extra time so fully submerges yourself with nature. Check out the nature center and after lunch, take a short stroll to the creek or around the pond. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-in-park-tickets-86892492785 For additional info e-mail to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com   Never been before?? No worries! More than half of the people going have never been before and many people show up by themselves. So when you show up, if everyone looks like they have known each other for years.... Don’t worry. They likely just met. Look for the event leader and then they know it’s your first time and we’ll make sure to take care of you!   ***  Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918
  14. Hike Lake Houston January 12, 2020 - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Lake Houston Wilderness Park 25840 FM 1485, New Caney, TX 77357 Hiking in Houston does exist!! Let’s #optoutside this #sunday and hit the trails! These are actual dirt trails with hills and surrounded by trees and some wildlife. Total Mileage: 5-6 miles Level of Difficulty: All levels but you should be able to walk about 25 minute miles. We don’t leave anyone behind. The faster people will loop back to meet up with the rest of the group and we’ll regroup at intersections so everyone knows where to go. We’ll take short water breaks throughout the hike. What to bring: · Water · Long pants · Sun & bug protection · Sturdy Shoes · Snacks After Hike: · Lunch for a picnic in the park afterward · Camping chair to relax Dog-friendly for friendly dogs - must bring water and poop bags for your dog Not Kid-friendly due to the length of the hike. Fees: · BCO & HTXO members & Guests - Free sign-up to hike + $3 entrance fee per person · Non-member - $5 sign-up to hike + $3 entrance fee per person This is not a TX State Park so your park pass will not work. We will have a check-in spot at the event for you to receive your wristband to join the hike. The entrance fee is paid at the park when you arrive. Please allow 10 minutes extra to get through the front gate & drive to the parking lot since it’s at the back of the park. How to find the group: There is a parking lot before the nature center on the left. Look for the HTXoutdoors and Bayou City Outdoors sign at the entrance of the parking lot. We’ll start the hike from there. Parking: There is plenty of parking near the start location. The parking lot is at the back of the park so please allow extra time to drive there and arrive on time for the hike. Start Time: Arrive at 10 am for a 10:15 am sharp start time. About the Park: “Lake Houston Wilderness Park encompasses 4,786.6 acres of wooded parkland, approximately 30 minutes north of downtown Houston off of Highway 59 near the town of New Caney. It is the only park in the H.P.A.R.D. system where overnight camping is available. A vehicle bridge over Peach Creek has opened the entire park to access by automobile. The park is a wilderness park and is heavily forested, so visitors need to be aware that wildlife in the park includes several species of snakes. Please remember that conditions on natural waterways change without warning, so keep safety in mind as you paddle the creeks.” by Lake Houston Wilderness Park. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hike-lake-houston-tickets-86891377449 For additional info e-mail to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com   Never been before?? No worries! More than half of the people going have never been before and many people show up by themselves. So when you show up, if everyone looks like they have known each other for years.... Don’t worry. They likely just met. Look for the event leader and then they know it’s your first time and we’ll make sure to take care of you!   ***  Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918 
  15. BCO 2020 Sneak Peek! January 6, 2020 – 7 PM to 8 PM ONLINE Those who peek, know what's happening! At BCO we make a lot of awesome plans, WAY in advance. Want to know what's in store? This is it. We'll be unveiling events, socials, classes, trips & quite a few surprises. Think of it as finding all your presents before your birthday, except with other fun, impatient and excited people! When we asked for suggestions, we got them! Over 100 new ideas came in. Awesome ideas and we're putting them into action. But - they aren't on the calendar yet. We want to find out what you think, what we should add, what's a winner, and what can wait until next year. On the night’s agenda: --> How we turn our Texas backyard (and beyond) into your own personal playground --> Which activities are new and which we should bring back --> A little bit of story sharing from members --> AND... Q&A - Where and what do YOU want to do? The event will be held online so grab your drink of choice, kick back, no need to dress up, because it's all online, so just chill! We will be sending you the event link prior so be sure to RSVP. We’ll be recording the event, so if you know you can't make it, just register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bco-2020-sneak-peek-tickets-86795538793 and we'll send out the invite and the re-play! Additional info, plus you can also pre-send your questions to us at info@bayoucityoutdoors.com ... Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918
  16. New Year’s Night Hike January 1, 2020 - Meet at 6:15 PM, start 6:30 PM to 8 PM Meet at Memorial Park Rugby Field Parking Lot N Picnic Lane, Houston, TX 77007 “For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice.” T.S. Eliot WELCOME TO 2020!! wait... where are the flying cars??? While it might not look like what we thought based on the Jetsons, I’m super excited for a fresh start in 2020! You’ve made resolutions in the past to be healthier and more adventurous, but this year is your year to actually make it happen, and good news, we’re here to help. Who do you want to be in 2020? What do you want to accomplish? Put your best foot forward on January 1st and hike in the New Year with Bayou City Outdoors and HTXoutdoors’ New Year’s Night Hike! Even if you’re not the resolution type, we can’t think of a better way to kick off the New Year than exploring the back trails of Houstonians’ favorite, Memorial Park. As the Chinese Proverb goes, “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Call me an optimist, but I love New Year’s Day. For me, it’s like I get the chance to hit life’s big reset button. Midnight hits, the ball drops, and I’m all of a sudden, miraculously refocused and determined to check-off everything on my resolution bucket list. One of those things on my list this year, along with so many of our other members, is to hike the Incan Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. To make it to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, I’m going to have to walk 8-12 miles a day. It goes without saying that I’ll be starting my training January 1st with our New Year’s Night Hike. I’ll leave you with another corny quote by C.S. Lewis to hopefully inspire you to join us on January 1st and/or any day after, “There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” We’ve got bigger and better adventures planned ahead for 2020, whether you want to stick around in Houston or travel the globe, visit our websites to find out more! HIKE EVENT DETAILS We’ll be meeting at the Rugby Field Parking Lot in Memorial Park, and heading out at 6:30 pm promptly, to hike some of Houston’s best inner city outdoor trails. The hike will most likely last until 8 pm. Fees: This Event is free for BCO & HTXO members and $5 for Non-members. Please leave your human kids at home, but feel free to bring your other furry ones. We find our four-legged friends can keep up on hikes and are less impacted by our undistinguished adult behavior. But please bring poop bags and water! RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-night-hike-tickets-86669937115 For additional info e-mail info@bayoucityoutdoors.com … Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918
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    Jingle Bell Hike

    Jingle Bell Hike December 21, 2019 – meet time at 9 am, start time is 9:30 am Meet at Beans Cafe Coffeehouse (1127 Eldridge Pkwy #100, Houston, TX 77077). We'll meet outside but everyone can get coffee first ''On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen! Now on Comet, on Cupid, on – “ You the get the idea. Have antlers? Bring them, we'll try to round up more. We’ll make merry as we celebrate the season with a hike. Come Prepared for a hike in Houston woods on the west side of town. Tennis shoes or hiking boots, both work equally well. The Terry Hershey trail is wooded, runs next to the Bayou and you’ll think you’re on the AT (Appalachian Trail). Well, the Houston version of the AT! This is a great hike to stretch your legs and meet other people who enjoy getting outside. Meet at 9 am at Beans Café Coffeehouse. We will head out at about 9:30 am. Hangout before the hike for a coffee and then after for brunch. If it is cool out (below 80) dogs are welcome. Bring Fido’s water bowl, leash and doggie bags. Fees: This Event is free for BCO & HTXO members and $5 for Non-members. RSVP at https://bit.ly/2RBe45k For additional info e-mail to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com … Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918
  18. BCO & HTXO Black Friday Hike November 29, 2019 – 10 AM to 1 PM. Lake Houston Wilderness Park 25840 FM 1485, New Caney, TX 77357 Let’s #optoutside this #blackfriday and hit the trails! Instead of stressing yourself out fighting crowds, let nature destress you. These are actual dirt trails with hills and surrounded by trees and some wildlife. Total Mileage: 5-6 miles Level of Difficulty: All levels We don’t leave anyone behind. The faster people will loop back to meet up with the rest of the group and we’ll regroup at intersections so everyone knows where to go. What to bring: - Water - Long pants - Sun & bug protection - Sturdy Shoes - Snacks After the Hike: - Lunch for a picnic in the park afterward - Camping chair to relax Dog-friendly for friendly dogs - must bring water and poop bags for your dog Not Kid-friendly due to the length of the hike. Fees: BCO & HTXO members - Free sign-up to hike + $3 entrance fee per person Non-member, Guest - $5 sign-up to hike + $3 entrance fee per person This is not a TX State Park so your park pass will not work. We will have a check-in spot at the event for you to receive your wristband to join the hike. The entrance fee is paid at the park when you arrive. Please allow extra time to get through the front gate & drive to the parking lot. How to find the group: There is a parking lot near the nature center. Look for the HTXoutdoors and Bayou City Outdoors sign at the entrance of the parking lot. We’ll start the hike from there. Parking: There is plenty of parking near the start location. The parking lot is at the back of the park so please allow extra time to drive there and arrive on time for the hike. Start Time: Arrive at 10 am for a 10:15 am the sharp start time. About the Park: “Lake Houston Wilderness Park encompasses 4,786.6 acres of wooded parkland, approximately 30 minutes north of downtown Houston off of Highway 59 near the town of New Caney. It is the only park in the H.P.A.R.D. system where overnight camping is available. A vehicle bridge over Peach Creek has opened the entire park to access by automobile. Cabins and walk-in campsites are available for rental. Activities include hiking and biking on 20 miles of hike and bike trails, kayaking on tree-lined creeks, and horseback riding on 13 miles of equestrian trails. (Bring your own bikes, watercraft, and horses). The park is a wilderness park and is heavily forested, so visitors need to be aware that wildlife in the park includes several species of snakes. Please remember that conditions on natural waterways change without warning, so keep safety in mind as you paddle the creeks.” by Lake Houston Wilderness Park. RSVP at https://bit.ly/2JNdXz9 for additional information, please e-mail to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com       ***  Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918
  19. BCO & HTXO Farmer’s Market Bike Ride November 16, 2019 – 8:30 am to Noon Meet at Onion Creek Coffee 3106 White Oak Dr. Houston, TX 77007 Grocery stores are so overrated! You drive to them, carrying your little bags in and pushing around a cart and wheels don’t even function properly half of the time. Maybe it's your lucky day and there are even some cookie samples leftover in the bin…BORING! Instead of your typical shopping routine, why don't you pedal with us on a Saturday morning for a fun weekend ride that will leave your taste buds and souls enriched and support our wonderful Houston Farmers Markets. Who knows what new food or drink you may discover! Did you know many of our local restaurateurs' shop at our Houston Farmers Markets each week? There they find the best handcrafted cheeses, local produce, baked goods, and locally sourced organic meats, and you can too! Our mission is to pedal fast enough to beat them before they take all the goods, but slow enough to enjoy every revolution of the ride. We're experts at finding the perfect balance! We'll meander our way down side streets, trails and residential areas you never knew existed in the heart of Houston. First, we'll wake ourselves up with the delicious aroma of a leisurely Onion Creek coffee. After our caffeine kicks in, we'll cruise off to the markets to shop for fresh produce, sauces, jams, and delicious baked bread. This 12-15 mile ride lasts about three hours, so bring plenty of water and a backpack to carry all your goodies home! Plan on sticking around after the ride to enjoy lunch at Onion Creek Cafe. They are a locally owned eatery with great food, atmosphere, and brews! No bike? No worries! Houston has great rental options. Choose from: B-Cycle Kiosk: Looking for the quickest rental option? B-Cycle allows you to rent via mobile app. There are many stations around town to pick up and drop off your rental. Check their map and pricing options information here: http://houston.bcycle.com. BCO & HTXO Member Gear: If you are a member of Bayou City Outdoors and do not have a bike, we can loan you a bike for the ride; however, you MUST call the office 1 to 2 weeks in advance to arrange for the loaner bike. Where to Meet: Onion Creek, 3106 White Oak Dr., Houston, TX 77007. Please DO NOT park in the Onion Creek lot – there is parking on the surrounding streets, but look out for ‘no parking’ signs. Meet at 8:30 AM – Our ride will go from 9:00 AM to 12 PM. Fees: This event is FREE for members and non-members alike. Please bring cash to spend at the farmer's market. We will have a car following the ride so you can put your purchases in the car and pick up at the end. Who is it for? Open the to public. Teenagers who have good bike handling skills. Please note - we will be riding on some busy Houston streets. RSVP at https://bit.ly/2JQKNio for additional information, please e-mail to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com       ***  Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918
  20. BCO Monthly Mixer Thu, October 24, 2019 - 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Sam's Boat 5720 Richmond Avenue Houston, TX 77057 Want to check out a great patio? Plenty of space inside and outside, plus TVs if you want to catch the game while meeting new people with a passion for the outdoors, trying new things, and exploring Houston (plus travel!) This month, BCO’s monthly mixer will be hosted at Sam’s Boat, located in Houston’s Galleria area on Richmond Avenue. Sam’s Boat serves as an excellent lunch spot for pleasure, and they offer a festive atmosphere for evening dining, music and sports entertainment.    Thursdays we have our liquor specials all day. i.e. $3.50 wells , $4.50 Calls, $5.00 Premiums, $6 Super Premiums. What better way to wrap up the week and start the weekend than with good friends at a cool new spot with great food, full bar and fried pies!    New to BCO?  We’re here to introduce you around!  This BCO mixer is open to everyone! Bring your friends and come early, drop in or stay until close, but whatever you do – stop by! You'll get the inside scoop on upcoming events.  Parking in the lot or surrounding streets.    RSVP at https://bit.ly/2kv4eE1 for additional information, please e-mail to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com       ***  Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918
  21. BCO & HTXO Present: Backpacking 101 sponsored by Osprey Wed, October 16, 2019 - 6:45 PM – 8:00 PM Location: Whole Earth Provision Co. , 2501 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056 OR online at http://www.facebook.com/BayouCityOutdoors/ Don’t let inexperience stop you from taking the trail of a lifetime! Backpacking is camping to the extreme. It enables you to take the path less traveled and find those once in a lifetime, National Geographic worthy vistas! It’s about finding your inner John Muir and taking only what you need. Backpacking is truly the ultimate adventure. However, it’s an adventure where preparation could make or break your trip and your back. One of the biggest mistakes rookies make is over packing. Normally, we take pride in fitting an outstanding amount of objects into our bags, but for backpacking you have to find a balance. The longer your going to carry your pack, the more important this is. Your pack needs to be light enough to lug for miles and miles, while still having everything you need. As backpacking veterans, we’ve learned through experience how to do just that. Join us in person for Houston Outdoor LIVE at Whole Earth Provision Co. for a packing demo and weigh-in session to demonstrate live the value of choosing your gear carefully. Can’t make it in person, check us out via Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/BayouCityOutdoors ). Both events run simultaneously and you can join the Q&A online or in person. However, you’ll want to join us in person if at all possible! Amazing Door Prizes & Raffle! Osprey is giving away Silicone Pint Glasses and Stuff Sacks to the first people who check-in at the event! (while supplies last!) PLUS!!! We’re raffling off an Osprey backpack to everyone who RSVPs. (Must be present in person to win.) What will we talk about? We’re going to get through as many of these essentials as we can plus a Q&A at the end: - Food and water needs and options - Backcountry toilets and beyond - Building up to carrying your pack - How to pack your pack – lighter is better - What you need in your first aid kit - Filtering water with several different types of filters - Staying safe around potential predators - How, where and why to hang your personal effects and food We’ll take Q&A after the presentation to help guide everyone into outdoor fun mastery. BCO Before you head out on the trail, join us for the evening chat. RSVP at https://bit.ly/2lxTAg9. For additional information, e-mail to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com Never been before?? No worries! More than half of the people going have never been before and many people show up by themselves. So when you show up, if everyone looks like they have known each other for years.... Don’t worry. They likely just met. Look for the event leader and then them know it’s your first time and we’ll make sure to take care of you! ……. Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918
  22. BCO & HTXO present Lost City, Colombia Information Meeting Mon, October 14, 2019 - 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Beck’s Prime 1001 East Memorial Loop Drive Houston, TX 77007 Everyone wants to visit an undiscovered region before it becomes a hotbed of tourism. Trek the Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) at Teyuna, and have that wish come true. Get firsthand knowledge of the area’s unique culture with an Indigenous guide and an English-speaking CEO accompanying you the entire way. Together, trek through lush jungles and across streams before stopping at an Indigenous village for Good-supported community lunch. Arrive at Teyuna and explore the uncrowded ruins at leisure, marvelling at what would have been here in years gone by. Say you got here first and had the Lost City all to yourself. While is hike is not for beginners... we have plenty of time for beginners to start training so you can join the trip in Feb 2020! Everyone is welcome to this info session. We're going to talk about exactly what to expect and what the training plan looks like so you can decide if this is the trip for you. RSVP at https://bit.ly/2lwS7GM For additional information, please e-mail to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com Never been before?? No worries! More than half of the people going have never been before and many people show up by themselves. So when you show up, if everyone looks like they have known each other for years.... Don’t worry. They likely just met. Look for the event leader and then them know it’s your first time and we’ll make sure to take care of you! ***  Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918 
  23. Machu Picchu Information Meeting Monday, September 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Becks Prime 1001 E Memorial Loop, Houston, Texas 77007 It's challenging. It's rewarding. It's one of the greatest adventures we've been on. A 4-day hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Starting at high elevation and hiking to even higher points! It's a journey that brings you closer with the people you go with and experience unlike others. While is hike is not for beginners... we have plenty of time for beginners to start training so you can join the trip in May 2020! Everyone is welcome to this info session. We're going to talk about exactly what to expect and what the training plan looks like so you can decide if this is the trip for you. Parking: Large parking lot. They are charging $1 to park now. Pay at the meter. How to find the group: Look for the HTXO & BCO sign. RSVP at https://bit.ly/2jWc3SX  For additional information, please e-mail to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com Never been before?? No worries! More than half of the people going have never been before and many people show up by themselves. So when you show up, if everyone looks like they have known each other for years.... Don’t worry. They likely just met. Look for the event leader and then them know it’s your first time and we’ll make sure to take care of you!   ***  Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918 
  24. BCO Monthly Mixer September 24, 2019 - 6 PM - 9 PM Chuy’s - River Oaks 2706 Westheimer Houston, TX 77098 When you’re riding, hiking, running, kayaking… often you’re in covered gear, sweat and dirt that makes you … well, not as recognizable as let’s say when you’re at work or going to dinner with friends. So let’s meet under some ‘normal’ circumstances. The monthly mixer gives you an opportunity to talk to people more in depth and start planning your next adventure!   This month, BCO’s monthly mixer will be hosted at Chuy’s River Oaks. Chuy's serves authentic Tex-Mex food in an eclectic atmosphere full of color and personality. The menu offers family recipes from South Texas, New Mexico and Mexican border towns, all made to order from the freshest ingredients. BONUS!! We have our complimentary Nacho Car & happy hour prices until 7. PLUS Each attendee will receive a free queso card to use for a future visit.    New to BCO?  We’re here to introduce you around!  This BCO mixer is open to everyone! Bring your friends and come early, drop in or stay until close, but whatever you do – stop by! You'll get the inside scoop on upcoming events.   Parking in the lot, BUT it’s inner loop, so we are starting early to beat the rush or you might consider an Uber - then you can enjoy unlimited margaritas! RSVP at https://bit.ly/2lBHfas for additional information, please e-mail to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com     *** Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918 
  25. BCO & HTXO 12th Annual Haunted Hike October 31, 2019 - 6 PM - 9 PM Meet at Memorial Park near the rugby/soccer field parking lot N Picnic LN - South side of Memorial (map link at www.bayoucityoutdoors.com) Get your spook on with BCO & HTXO as we slither our way through the deep, dark forest trails. Taunt the forest trolls with us on Halloween night in Memorial Park! For those who make it out of the forest in one piece, we’ll calm our nerves with pizza and beverages (bring $5 for pizza and BYOB beverages!) and toast those we left behind at the after-party...just kidding. (Maybe!)   Tap into your inner wolf, go all vampy on us, or come as your witchy self. Leave the bars to the zombies and join us in the woods for some quality (and creepy) exercise and socializing. Meet at 6:00 and depart at 6:30 PM sharp from somewhere the rugby/soccer field parking lot on the south side. Check the map and then look for the BCO & HTXO signs, since there’s a lot of construction at the park.   Don’t get left in the dark - bring a headlamp or flashlight. Wear sturdy walking shoes (it is a hike no matter how dead you are)! Bring some bug spray if you're tasty. For you chickens out there - you’re still invited to the after-party starting around 8 PM in the parking lot.   Open to members, guests and the public (we love fresh meat). Bring a friend or come alone - you’ll be sure to find a devil or two to chat up. (PS - Please no dogs at this hike)... Yummy! Bring $5 cash if you want to share pizza in the parking lot after the hike. BYOB, no glass!! Meeting location: http://goo.gl/maps/GJaN RSVP at https://bit.ly/2YYHBdy for additional information, please e-mail to info@bayoucityoutdoors.com         ***   Get your copy of Houston A to Z while it lasts. You'll find 8 pages of the coolest, the curious, the gems and the underground of our town. It's everything you need to know to be a Houston aficionado and it's completely FREE - today! https://go.bucketforms.com/ab/7de34918   
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