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Welcome to The Texas Trailhead Podcast!
Are you looking to start hiking and camping, but don't know where to start?
Follow along each Friday as creator and producer, Danny Laurel, shares stories of his favorite places to hike. He'll also gather stories of what lead others to spend time outdoors too.
Maybe you're already a fan of the outdoors, but are looking for other places to visit in Texas.
Well then grab your backpack, and put on your hiking shoes; and join along this adventure through the Texas outdoors.
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thetexastrailhead/support

The Texas Trailhead : A Texas Hiking Podcast The Texas Trailhead

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Welcome to The Texas Trailhead Podcast!
Are you looking to start hiking and camping, but don't know where to start?
Follow along each Friday as creator and producer, Danny Laurel, shares stories of his favorite places to hike. He'll also gather stories of what lead others to spend time outdoors too.
Maybe you're already a fan of the outdoors, but are looking for other places to visit in Texas.
Well then grab your backpack, and put on your hiking shoes; and join along this adventure through the Texas outdoors.
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thetexastrailhead/support

    S3 E4 Garner State Park Visit Recap

    S3 E4 Garner State Park Visit Recap

    "I remember that ol' Frio river..."   Welcome back to another Texas Trailhead podcast episode!   This week I'm back at another state park deep in the Texas hill country.  Garner state park is a new park for me, so I'm really excited to share some details about this place include camping options and the trails you can expect here. 

    I'll also do a quick trail recap of the Old Baldy trail.  It's short, but mighty. 

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    • 30 min
    S3 E3 Dr. Sonia Lucas shares some Physical Therapy tips to prepare for the outdoors.

    S3 E3 Dr. Sonia Lucas shares some Physical Therapy tips to prepare for the outdoors.

    This week I'm speaking with Dr. Sonia Lucas PT, DPT. 

    Originally from Oklahoma City, she's now living in Austin, Texas, and now her mission is to 'get more people out and active in nature". 

    Her love for the outdoors started at an early age, and her passion now transcends to the trails, roads and lakes around Austin. She is really focused on that relationship between you and nature, and that's such a huge part of her work. 

    Dr Lucas states in her bio, "When I began my transition into the world of physical therapy, I saw other physical therapists helping people to get out of pain and move better. I was inspired to do the same and do it in a way that celebrated the outdoors and healthy living". 

    In our discussion I wanted to know a little bit more on how to prepare for different lengths of hikes, and other activities we can do to get our bodies ready for hitting the trail. 

    She also gave some great tips on footwear, and a few simple exercises to get our bodies warmed up. 

    If you'd like to learn more about what she does, give her a visit at her website: Active ATX Rehab & Wellness. https://www.activeatxrehab.com/

    You can also find out more information on her Facebook page by the same name. Click this link: https://www.facebook.com/activeatxrehab

    For all of you listeners, she has three FREE e-books available to download.  You can learn about proper footwear, 10 tips to tackle pain, and 5 exercises to prepare for any hike.  Click the link above to see those as well. 

    Please enjoy this week's episode. 


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    • 35 min
    S3 E2: The break and LCRA Park- Matagorda Bay Nature Park

    S3 E2: The break and LCRA Park- Matagorda Bay Nature Park

    It seems a bit pretentious to talk about where I've been like I'm someone important.  
    But I think taking breaks is important.  This podcast had been running pretty consistently since the end of December 2019, and when I was wrapping up season two I was feeling a bit uninspired.  There was nothing dramatic going on at the time, and I wasn't really hiking as much because of the reservation system.  
    I felt that taking a bit of a breather in between seasons, which are not based on anything besides feeling 15 is a good number, so I could regroup and collect some more thoughts and ideas about what I wanted to talk about. 
    So during that time I talked to a handful of people who you'll be hearing from, either already in the first episode or upcoming. I got to visit a few places near the coast.  One of which you'll hear about in this episode. 
    The LCRA parks are typically near the Colorado river, and the Matagorda Bay Nature Park just happens to be located at the end of the river.  The parking lot is just next to where it meets the Gulf of Mexico. 
    This environment is home to some amazing birding, fishing, and camping, so give it a listen and I hope it inspires you to get out and check it out!
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    • 27 min
    S3. E1. Dr Wetegrove talks about the importance of Nature for Mental Health

    S3. E1. Dr Wetegrove talks about the importance of Nature for Mental Health

    Welcome back to The Texas Trailhead podcast!  September is suicide prevention month, so I figured I would begin this season with a discussion about mental health. 

    According to the American foundation for suicide prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the united states.

    In 2018 over 48 thousand people died by suicide.

    In 2020 the rates should see continued increase as it has been on a constant rise since 1999.

    This week I’m speaking with Dr Wetegrove, a licensed psychologist based out of the San Antonio area.

    One of her main areas of focus is working with people in the outdoors and uses nature to work on mental health.

    In our discussion we definitely talk about her practice, but I wanted to know more about mental health in general, who’s affected the most, what we can do to normalize the discussion surrounding it, and some best practices we can do at home.

    Mental health is really important to me and it’s something I have to focus on daily. Nature was one of the main things I found that helped me, so I definitely feel that the discussion around mental health is important, but what’s also important is making it easier to talk about it and make it more accessible.

    We’ll get into more detail during the interview, but it’s important to note, especially in our current climate that access to mental health providers AND the outdoors should be accessible to everyone. This isn’t a political statement. 

    So when I say, or when we see companies posting things like “the outdoors are for everyone” no one should be mad at that, or saying things like ‘of course they are’. But realize that in some instances it’s the access that isn’t made available.

    Not everyone has the same access to parks, trails, and outdoor spaces. Just like not everyone has access to mental health services.

    Dr. Wetegrove talks about some of the difficulties for people of color and lower financial backgrounds including the access to mental health care. We’ll also discuss when to start to talking to children and he work with women in the outdoors.

    And since we’ll be discussing the positive effects of the outdoors, it’s important to note that making health care, and the outdoors more accessible for all will help more people in the long run.

    So please enjoy this episode.

    And one quick note, I realized after recording I had some microphone issues that you may hear later in the episode. I apologize in advance, and I hope it doesn’t distract from the message.

    Also, here are a few links you may find useful:

    10 strategies to get outdoors and improve your mental health   https://connect.psych-hike.com/10-strategies

    Sign up for a weekly newsletter filled with Mental Health tips   https://connect.psych-hike.com/psych-hike

    You can set-up hike therapy or video session with Dr. Wetegrove    www.psych-hike.com






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    • 29 min
    The Texas Trailhead Podcast S2 E15: Hiking in the Texas Heat and Hydration Tips

    The Texas Trailhead Podcast S2 E15: Hiking in the Texas Heat and Hydration Tips

    Welcome to episode 15!  In this episode I'll be talking about the obvious: It's hot in Texas.  Do you know the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke?  I'll cover what to look out for, and I'll give you some of my favorite ways to stay hydrated out on the trail. 

    This is also episode 15 of the second season, and therefore it's the last episode of the season!  I'm going to take a bit of a breather before season three because I really want to focus on the storytelling of my friends, and anyone out there that wants to share their story. 

    If you or someone you know has a great outdoor story, an outdoor organization, or campaign send them my way!  I'd love to hear about what they have to say.  It doesn't even need to be Texas. 

    And if you enjoy this content please consider becoming a contributor to keep this free content going. For as little as .99 cents/month you can show your support. 

    So until next time, grab your backpack and put on your hiking shoes. This is: The Texas Trailhead. 





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    • 27 min
    The Texas Trailhead Podcast S2 E14: Giving back to the parks & Best ways to find places to camp

    The Texas Trailhead Podcast S2 E14: Giving back to the parks & Best ways to find places to camp

    Hope everyone had a ____ 4th of July. Heh. This week I’m going to give y’all some of my favorite ways to give back to the parks. If you’re using them you should do what you can to help them and help keep them maintained. Not all have state or even much local funding. Then I’ll give you the best ways to find places to camp whether that’s at the parks, people’s private property or some other conventional ways.

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    • 36 min

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