School is just around the corner and if you’re like me you may want to squeeze in a few more outdoor adventures before the weather starts to cool and the days get shorter. Here are a few suggestions:
“Research shows that hiking has a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety” says Gregory A. Miller, PhD, president of the American Hiking Society. “Being in nature is ingrained in our DNA, and we sometimes forget that.”
Combat the stress and anxiety of getting ready for the school year by exploring a new local trail.
Remember this time of year it’s best to be prepared with a jacket, snacks, water, sunscreen and bug repellent. We recently hiked Lake Mary and while it was hot in the valley it rained and hailed at the lake.
Have some “reel fun” and take your family fishing. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a beginner you’ll find peace being near the water waiting for that first fish to bite.
Find the best places to fish near you at takemefishing.orgCamp
Whether camping in a state park, up a canyon, on a beach, near a lake, or in your backyard you’ll form bonds and create a technology free zone where your kids can open up and share their excitement or concerns about school.
If you’re car camping or camping in the backyard you may want to try cooking in a Dutch oven. It’s easy and makes the event seem more special.
Visit a state or national park
If you live near a state or national park now is the time to go because they are less crowded.
Find a lake in your area and head out in a canoe. You may need to rent one at the lake or you can buy an inflatable canoe if you plan to go often but don’t have a rack on your car to transport it.
My family’s going to learn how to climb better. We’ve been a few times before the twins were truly able to enjoy it. If you’re interested in learning how to climb check out Rob’s website on how he gets the entire family involved.
In the evenings we take bikes to a local park to ride, climb trees and relax. There are local trails near you.
With a little planning you can make the most of the few remaining days of long evenings and warm weather.
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I live with my twin girls and husband at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the summer I like to run, hike, and camp. In the winter I like to snow shoe, cross country ski and cozy up to a stack of novels. My family delights me with their love, humor, and desire to go on outdoor adventures with me from catching butterflies to dipping toes in rivers, to making s'mores up the canyon.
I earned a Master of Professional Communication at Westminster College and was marketing manager for the Utah Symphony & Opera Deer Valley Music Festival and Program Director at Brighton Girls Camp. Both opportunities fueled my love for the outdoors.