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Old 01-26-2013, 03:05 PM
 
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i am ready to take a chance on the unknown and do things i love doing, more often. read on if your prefer the lengthy background to give me a better specialized response.

please keep responses "light" , people have the tendency to get so uptight in these forums. don't be so serious. this is all in good fun. i'm not going to pack my bags and move just because a stranger tells me to. with that being said, if you do have relevant info to provide , it would be greatly appreciated because i am serious about moving hahaha.

black female, 25, no kids, single, straight. i have a car(i just add that because walkability is not important).

outdoor activities year round is very important to me. but being surrounded by people that look like me is also important, and what i am missing. i have gone kayaking, hiking, and rock climbing, but it's always been by myself (since i'm usually alone they will "place" me with a group, always all white, always creeped out by my presence.) you can't give all the self confidence talks you want, but being the only black on a ski slope is intimidating regardless of how confident i am. it always feels like to be an outdoors person i have to leave behind who i am. i want to go somewhere where it's not strange to listen to trey songz and miguel while fishing. lol

sry to disappoint but i don't care about bars and clubs, i'd rather build a sand castle at night and put neon lights in it lol, trust me it looks cool hahaha

warm or cold weather, there is always something fun to do outdoors.

what made me write this was i saw an ad online recently about a black outdoors group that does the things i like..... and they were 2,000 miles away from me. it made me wonder if there was a better place for me.

in case you are wondering, true story....i tried started my own group back in October. hiking group, 3 times no one showed, and i even asked coworkers and none of them showed. i set up a "scandal party" to watch scandal (my favorite show) and there was so many people in my apt that some people had to stand in the kitchen. ....

and no, i will not tell you where i live now or where i have lived, i don't want to sway your responses.

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Old 01-26-2013, 03:31 PM
 
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Why do I love this post? LOL

I hate to generalize but honestly, it seems that most of the outdoors activities of Blacks are limited to some fishing and hunting in rural areas, particularly in the South. I myself need to broaden my parameters on outdoors activity, but it seems that your best bet might be cities that have a large population of educated Blacks, so you'll get the usual suspects (Atlanta, DC, NYC, Houston, Chicago, etc.). However, I wonder if a city like Denver, known for outdoor activities and has a decent-sized Black population, might be an option?
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:27 PM
 
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:32 PM
 
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I also enjoyed the OP's post.

When speaking of the educated cities, a lot of what you have there is groups who travel out of the area for their recreation. Cities like Chicago and Houston, with their flat terrain and extreme weather, aren't exactly popular places for the outdoorsy types, unless you're talking about urban cyclists or your casual fishermen.

Atlanta and New York will put you in closer proximity to more outdoor options. I'd also check out North Carolina.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:05 PM
 
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I also enjoyed the OP's post.

When speaking of the educated cities, a lot of what you have there is groups who travel out of the area for their recreation. Cities like Chicago and Houston, with their flat terrain and extreme weather, aren't exactly popular places for the outdoorsy types, unless you're talking about urban cyclists or your casual fishermen.

Atlanta and New York will put you in closer proximity to more outdoor options. I'd also check out North Carolina.
Yeah, I think the Triangle in particular would be a good choice. Charlotte might be worth checking out too.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:28 PM
 
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A sleeper may be Boston. You have a Black ski club with mountains not too far away and Cape Cod is close by. Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard is a spot many Black upper middle class folks go to as well. Welcome | Boston Ski Party

Oak Bluffs, Mass., Is Where the Black Elite Is at Home in the Summer
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:36 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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please keep responses "light":
Not easy to do when you specified "black" places.
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Wow! That is one of the toughest questions that I've seen on here. My first thoughts was the standard outdoor city triumvirate: Denver, Portland, and Seattle. You'd be in a sea of color, if you count bone, eggshell, ecru, and light peach . (I do realize there are black populations in all of those, but they are in the single digit percentages).

What about Oakland? (I'm serious) Within a sort drive of plenty of hiking and boating, or no some Urban hiking? Also NYC area could work, some of the border towns near Westchester like Mt. Vernon. West Orange, NJ?
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:11 PM
 
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I thought of Oakland right away, there's a large black community and the terrific Bay Area outdoor culture.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:32 PM
 
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I think that you might love Arkansas - yes, really! Little Rock is a nice small city, with a strong Black presence, and there are so many outdoorsy things to do in most areas of the state - the Ozarks especially! Hiking, rafting, fishing, camping, hunting, etc. etc. Even Eastern Oklahoma might work for you, too (look up Tulsa and Muskogee on CD) - or go the other direction east to Memphis, TN.

Just looked up population figures: Memphis is 63% Black, Little Rock is 42% Black, and Tulsa is 15% Black.

Disclaimer - I lived in AR and hated it, but not because of "racial" issues or environment - the Southern Baptists there were just too much for me. Beautiful state, though - I enjoyed camping and hiking in the state parks. You've really got to canoe down the Buffalo National River, so fun! Buffalo National River - Buffalo National River

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