|Lett Lake, Snow Mt. Wilderness Area,|
Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a job that requires as much outdoor time as mine does. Heck, even for those of us that work outside, having unstructured outdoor play time is really important. Remember, just because you are playing, doesn’t mean you aren’t learning or growing. How do you think kids learn? Through play, naturally. Playing in nature, whatever play means to you, is a great first step to exploration, questioning, and eventual understanding. The question becomes, how do we fit hours into our busy schedules for outdoor recreation and soul-feeding fresh air? I am currently on a quest to answer this question in my own busy life. In an effort to make it happen, my partner and I (editor’s note: Meridith and her partner, too!) have committed to hiking once a week every week. The life experiment is set to run for the summer (May thru August). For us, there are no rules aside from “get outside and walk!” I’m hoping to see some new places and explore spaces nearby that I have under appreciated or overlooked. As of today, we have gone on a walk-about all but one of the weeks we intended! Not bad overall, and we are only getting started! Would you like to get your outdoor adventure one? Here are my strategies for making it happen!
|Meridith likes to multitask by visiting
Joshua Tree NP AND looking fabulous.
No, I don’t mean you should be checking your email while you are out on the trail. I do mean you should make this time do double duty in your life. Have you been wanting to read that novel, but cannot find the time? Bring along an audio book and headphones on your next hike. Heck, you can even listen to a sweet science podcast! Have a friend with whom you need to have a life update? Bring them with you on your evening walk! Been meaning to find quiet time alone for yourself? Do a little yoga or meditation by the lake, or, you know, just sit and watch the bugs on the grass. I think this could be an especially useful tactic for the busy parents in the crowd. Spend time with your kids and get them tuckered out simultaneously! Your time in nature can be just nature time, but it can also be friend time, family time, personal development time, or just you time.
|Point Reyes National Seashore, CA|
Maybe it’s just my personality, but I am super goal oriented. For me, setting a goal encourages me to do things I would never have made time for otherwise. For example my 10-year goal to see all the US National Parks has resulted in numerous adventures that I’m not sure I would have facilitated otherwise. Just two weeks ago, our household goal to hike once a week this summer lead us to take a short detour to Point Reyes National Seashore after attending a family graduation. Giving your everyday actions context in the larger picture of you life gets you jazzed and propels you out the door. And that, really, is what it’s all about.
So there you have it! What are your plans for getting outside this summer? Any big outdoor oriented goals you want to share?