OutdoorAfro's Rue Mapp Goes to Camp
This Friday, OutdoorAfro.com founder Rue Mapp will head to California's Sierra Nevada foothills to document a weekend of outdoor adventures with her nephew and three children. Blogging and tweeting from a trailer provided by American River Sales and Rentals, Mapp hopes to change the way people think about camping.
Mapp founded OutdoorAfro in 2009 to get African-Americans excited about getting outdoors. The website lists outdoor events and lets readers connect with each another to schedule nature-based activities. It also displays photos, videos, and stories from excursions.
For this weekend's adventure, Mapp will try something new. A longtime tent devotee, she'll document her first experience in a trailer. "People tend to think of camping as a minimal-comfort experience: sleeping on the ground or in a tent in the backcountry," said Mapp. " Using a trailer as a base camp, you can enjoy nature and be comfortable too."
Mapp's foray into the RV realm is the first of four such planned adventures. Each trip will showcase a different region and season in California, an approach Mapp hopes will encourage people to get outdoors regardless of climate and location; she just wants people to be aware of the opportunities available to them.