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Discovering the Magic of a Winter Walk in the Quad Cities

Outdoor activities often take a back seat during the winter months. After all, it is easier to just throw on a pair of shoes and go for a walk when it is 78 degrees and sunny outside. Walking in the Quad Cities area in the winter time can be one of the most amazing adventures you can engage in.

The river is a magnet for wildlife and fun activities. Bundling up and going on an adventure stroll on one of the many bike paths that line both sides of the river will awaken your senses and give you a breath of fresh air. Continue reading Discovering the Magic of a Winter Walk in the Quad Cities

Kayak Racers In Fog

The Midwest’s Top Fall Adventure Race Is This Weekend!

One of the top adventure races in the Midwest is celebrating their 10th Anniversary this weekend! On September 19, 2015, the Quad Cities will be filled with outdoor enthusiasts who are taking part in River Action’s Taming of the Slough race.
Mike Ernster On Stand Up Paddle Board
Mike Ernster on his Stand Up Paddle Board
Taming of the Slough is a combination paddling, mountain biking, trail running event that you will never forget. Whether you watch or participate, you’ll quickly see why this race has been a favorite of thrill seekers for the past 10 years.

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6 Reasons Why LeClaire is the Midwest’s Top Travel Destination

The once quiet river community of LeClaire, IA, located just north of Interstate 80 on Highway 67 used to be known for 2 things: NEVER speed, and don’t wear a necktie into Sneaky Pete’s Steakhouse or your server will cut it off and hang it on the wall!

LeClaire has quickly become one of Midwest’s top tourist destinations. Like a cosmopolitan version of a Norman Rockwell painting; LeClaire offers visitors the perfect blend of the traditions of yesteryear with a vibrant contemporary pulse that makes it irresistible to kids of all ages!
Here are 6 reasons why LeClaire is one of the top tourist destinations in the Midwest:
LeClaire IA Main St.
LeClaire, IA’s Main St.
1. Amazing views of the Mississippi River and an eclectic collection of shops and businesses adorn the main street (Cody Rd.).

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Outdoor Workout Classes

Fun-tastic Fitness Ideas In the Quad Cities

Confused about what kinds of exercises and activities will have the greatest impact on your physique? Are you worried about “feeling stupid” for not knowing what to do if you are in a gym or class?

The good news is that any kind of activity that will get you moving will quickly put you on the path toward better energy, vitality, and the body you deserve. Most fitness activities fall into 1 of 2 categories: Individual or group.

Please check with your doc to make sure that your ideal fitness program is going to work for you (legal disclaimer out of the way…)

Self-Directed Exercise Activities

If you are disciplined enough to watch fitness videos in the comfort of your own home and actually do the exercises, bravo! These home-study type of courses may produce excellent results quickly. Perhaps you enjoy running or riding on one of our many bike paths in the Quad Cities area.

“The hardest part of any workout is getting your shoes on!”– Katherine Switzer

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Vitamin H: Your Key to a Fit and Healthy Summer

When your body is running in tip-top shape, you may feel like you are driving a finely tuned sports car. Unfortunately, many of us are coming out of a long winter and as the layers of clothing peel away, realize that our finely tuned “sports car” may bear a closer resemblance to a minivan than a Ferrari, and may be in need of a tune up for the summer months.

“What the heck is Vitamin H?”

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Your Magic Stress Pill

Your life feels like you are running at mach 6 with your hair on fire, driving a car with square wheels, and your to-do list keeps growing at a geometric rate. YOU ARE STRESSED!!

Our ancestors would have never predicted the grueling pace at which most of us live our lives in today’s hyper-connected world. We live in an age where more and more people feel “stressed out”, and they are begging for a magic pill or solution to their self-induced insanity.

You have such a “magic pill” that you can use every day…for free!

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3 Common Mountain Biking Myths Busted!

How does someone mountain bike in a community that has no mountains?
I promise you that the Quad Cities area offers an abundance of excellent mountain biking trails for riders of all skill levels.

Whether you are someMountain-Bikes-Quad-Citiesone who would like to “test drive” the sport of mountain biking, or if you are a seasoned pro who regularly engages in aerial acrobatics worthy of a Red Bull sponsorship; our community offers trails that will get your blood pumping, adrenaline flowing, and leave you with a silly grin on your face when you have finished navigating your trail.

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Pedal, Paddle, Trail

It was warm September morning and I was midway through an intense mountain biking workout at Scott County Park. Just as I rounded return that would lead me into a grove of trees, a deer ran across the path just 3 feet in front of me. My initial reaction was to jerk my handlebars in the opposite direction of the deer, resulting in what could only be described as an amateur version of aerial acrobatics that unfortunately was not captured on camera. I stood up and dusted myself off, hopped on my bike, and finished my work out with a huge grin on my face.

I was recalling a day just two months prior when I was biking with my son, Alex, at Scott County Park. He was insistent that we ride Area 51 (the Double Black Diamond route…or REALLY TOUGH for those of you who aren’t familiar with the term).

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