When Andy Roddick's actress wife Brooklyn Decker books a vacation, she bypasses swanky private islands and deluxe yachts.
"When she has to take a girls' trip it's always to a national park as opposed to something fancy," says Roddick, who is based in Austin with his family. (See an interview with the cast of "Everybody Wants Some!!," directed by fellow Texan Richard Linklater, above).
It's why Roddick kicked off the centennial celebration for the National Park Service in Austin on Tuesday. Believe it or not, The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25 of this year.
And when it comes to being outside, Roddick loves it. The subject hits close to his heart. As part of his Andy Roddick Foundation, the athlete works to get kids outdoors to learn and play and have fun.
"You have to be passionate about it or you sound like a bit of a salesman. It has to fit. It's a stroke of luck that they were doing this great event in Austin, not far from where we live. The cause is something we believe in," he says. "First and foremost, Brooklyn and I are such fans. We spend a lot of time in parks in North Carolina."
His favorite getaway: Blue Ridge Parkway. "It's where we used to spend our summers. It's pretty cool," says Roddick.
The former top tennis player also hits the great outdoors to stay in shape. We all know how boring the treadmill can get. Roddick can relate. "Given the option, I was a big fan of trail runs and hiking and anything to get out of the monotony of the training session," he says.
Speaking of boring, we have to take a moment to mention Decker's Instagram, which is a joyous amalgam of snark, real-estate porn and odes to her son, Hank. Above all, it's hilarious and honest.
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"I like her too. She's great. I feel like most Instagrams are people wanting to present a mirage of themselves and she's the opposite," says Roddick.
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Andy Roddick, of Boca Raton sits on court 1 at Crandon Park, home of the Ericcson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. Wednesday, March 14, 2001. Roddick, the ATP junior champ will join the world's top 79 players at the Ericcson Open this week. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
USA's Andy Roddick, from Boca Raton, Fla., returns a backhand to compatriot Michael Chang, from Mercer Island, Washington, in the French Tennis Open at Roland Garros stadium in Paris Wednesday, May 30, 2001. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)
Andy Roddick holds the winner's trophy after defeating James Blake in the men's championship of the Kroger St. Jude tournament Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, in Memphis, Tenn. Roddick won 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Andy Roddick falls to the ground after beating Spain's Alberto Martin in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2, in their Davis Cup quarterfinals singles match Sunday, April 7, 2002, in Houston to send the United States team to the semifinals. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
U.S. tennis player Andy Roddick waves after defeating compatriot Todd Martin, 7-6, 6-2, at the Tennis Masters tournament in Hamburg, northern Germany, on Tuesday, May 14, 2002. (AP Photo/Christof Stache)
Andy Roddick, of the USA, celebrates his win over Martin Verkerk, of The Netherlands, during a first-round match at the US Open Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002 in New York. 7-6, 6-3, 6-4. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
Andy Roddick of the United States returns a ball to Switzerland's Roger Federer, at the Davidoff Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Basle, Switzerland, Friday, Oct. 25, 2002. (AP Photo/Keystone, Dominik Pluess)
Andy Roddick reacts after winning the third set against Zeljko Krajan, of Croatia, at the Australian Open Tennis Tournament, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003, in Melbourne. Roddick won 6-7 (9), 6-2, 7-6 (0), 6-3 (AP Photo/David Callow)
Andy Roddick from the United States celebrates his victory holding his cup after winning the final match of the ATP tennis tournament in St. Poelten, Austria, against Russian Nikolay Davydenko on Saturday, May 24, 2003. Roddick defeated Davydenko, 6-3, 6-2. (AP Photo/Martin Gnedt)
Andy Roddick from the U.S. reacts after winning a point from Spain's Tommy Robredo during their Men's Singles Third Round match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, Friday June 27, 2003. Roddick won the match 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin)
Andy Roddick of the United States makes a face after "Chipper", one of the mascots for RCA, licked his face during the trophy presentation following the final match in the RCA Championships in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 27, 2003. Roddick defeated Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand 7-6 (2), 6-4(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Andy Roddick, of the United States, protests a call during his semifinal match against David Nalbandian, of Argentina, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Andy Roddick, the new U.S. Open men's tennis champion, shows off his trophy in New York's Times Square Monday, Sept. 8, 2003. Roddick beat Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-3 in Sunday's final to win. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)
Andy Roddick, of the United States, argues a point with the referee during his Madrid Masters tennis match against Max Mirnyi in Madrid Wednesday Oct. 15, 2003. Roddick won 6-1, 6-7, 7-5. (AP Photo/Denis Doyle)
Andy Roddick celebrates after scoring a point against Guillermo Coria of Argentina during the final match Sunday, April 4, 2004, at the Nasdaq-100 Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. Coria retired because of back spasms trailing in the fourth set. (AP Photo/David Adame)
Andy Roddick of the US serves to Taiwan's Yeu-Tzuoo Wang, during their Men's Singles, first round match on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, Tuesday June 22, 2004. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin) ** EDITORIAL USE ONLY **
Andy Roddick of the United States holds up the trophy after defeating Nicolas Kiefer of Germany 6-2, 6-3 in the finals of the RCA Championships in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 25, 2004. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Andy Roddick grins after defeating Tommy Haas, from Germany, 6-3, 6-3, in a quarterfinal match at the Masters Cincinnati tournament, Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
USA's Andy Roddick pauses during a news conference together with the other members of the US Olympic tennis team in Athens, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Andy Roddick, of the United States, hits a return to Rafael Nadal, of Spain, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Friday Sept. 3, 2004. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Andy Roddick, of the United States, reacts after hitting a winning shot against Joachim Johansson, of Sweden, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
** EDS: RECROPPED VERSION OF CHTX101 ** Andy Roddick of the United States celebrates after defeating Belarus' Vladimir Voltchkov 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 during a Davis Cup semifinal singles match Friday, Sept. 24, 2004, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Paula Illingworth)
Andy Roddick of the U.S, seeded second, hits a backhand return to Irakli Labadze of Georgia during their first round match on Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Andy Roddick of the United States, second seed, bites towel in frustration during his mens singles semifinal loss to Lleyton Hewitt of Australia, third seed, at the Australian Open on Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 28, 2005. Hewitt won the match, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-1. Hewitt will play Marat Safin of Russia in the final. (AP Photo/Steve Holland)
Lleyton Hewitt of Australia, third seed, left, shakes hands with Andy Roddick of the United States, second seed, after their mens singles semifinal match at the Australian Open on Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 28, 2005. Hewitt won the match, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-1. Hewitt will play Marat Safin of Russia in the final. (AP Photo/Steve Holland)
Andy Roddick reacts as he watches a woman being proposed to by her boyfriend on the court during the awards presentations at the SAP Open, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, in San Jose, Calif. Roddick beat Cyril Saulnier of France 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)
Members of the 2005 U.S. Davis Cup team Andre Agassi, left, team coach Patrick McEnroe, second from left-background, Andy Roddick, third from left-foreground, Mike Bryan, fourth from left, and Bob Bryan attend a news conference Monday, March 1, 2005, in Carson, Calif. Also present but not shown in photograph is teammate Taylor Dent. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)
United States' Andy Roddick reacts after losing a game to Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic during their first round reverse singles match of Davis Cup at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., Sunday, March 6, 2005. Ljubicic won 4-6,6-3,7-6,(11), 6-7(7), 6-2 to eliminate the U.S. and advance Croatia to the Davis Cup quarter-finals.(AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
USA's Andy Roddick adjusts his cap as he faces France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros stadium, Tuesday May 24, 2005 in Paris. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Andy Roddick of the U.S. plays a return to Sebastien Grosjean of France during a quarter-final match of Stella Artois Tennis Championship at Queen's Club in London, Friday, June 10, 2005. Roddick won the match 6-4, 7-6 . (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Top seeded Andy Roddick of the USA, reacts after winning a point in the third set over Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina during a men's quarterfinal match at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington Thursday, August 4, 2005. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Andy Roddick of the US holds his trophy after defeating France's Gael Monfils in the final of the Lyon indoor tournament in Lyon, central France, Sunday Oct. 30, 2005. Roddick won 6-3, 6-2. (AP Photo/Patrick Gardin)
Andy Roddick of the U.S. serves during his third round match against Taylor Dent also of the U.S. at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 23, 2004. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Andy Roddick of the United States celebrates a point during his 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (6), 6-2, win over Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, during their Men's Singles, first round match on the Number One Court at Wimbledon, Wednesday June 28, 2006. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Andy Roddick of the United States pumps his fist during his match Fernando Verdasco of Spain at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006.(AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Andy Roddick of the United States hits the ball during his win over Ivan Ljubicic, of Croatia at the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, China Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006. Roddick won 6-4, 6-7, 6-1. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
Team USA's Andy Roddick waves to the crowd before their Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal tennis match against Spain in Winston-Salem, N.C., Friday, April 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Andy Roddick gestures during his match with Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarterfinals of the 2012 US Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Andy Roddick returns a shot to Rhyne Williams at the 2012 US Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Andy Roddick of the United States celebrates after winning over Robin Haase of the Netherlands during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship, in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Andy Roddick of the US reacts after defeating Germany's Andreas Beck in their first round match against at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, Tuesday, June 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
Andy Roddick, left, holds the winner's trophy and Milos Raonic, of Canada, holds the runner-up trophy after the championship match of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships tennis tournament Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, in Memphis, Tenn. Roddick won the match 7-6 (7), 6-7 (11), 7-5. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Andy Roddick of the U.S. reacts to a point he won as he plays Japan's Tatsuma Ito during their men's singles match at the Rakuten Japan Open tennis championships in Tokyo, Japan Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
Andy Roddick of the United States eyes on the ball as he plays Marin Cilic of Croatia during their Men's singles quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday Jan. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/John Donegan, Pool)
Andy Roddick speaks during a press conference at the Atlanta Open tennis tournament Monday, July 27, 2015, in Atlanta. Roddick is coming out of retirement to play doubles with friend Mardy Fish in the Atlanta Open. (AP Photo/David Goldman)