The Great Outdoors

Once autumn hits, the reality of shorter days and colder weather starts to set in. th-1


Fun fall activities include apple picking, hiking, rafting, and biking.  Attend the last outdoor concert or street festival before the season shuts down for the year.  Try a family hayride or a picnic.  Make a pilgrimage to the farmers market to check out what’s growing before the farmers pack it up until spring.  Camping is a great way to spend quality time outside.  There are lots of sleeping options for the less adventurous such as yurts, cabins, or even a tree house.  Make s’mores and sit in front of a campfire and tell ghost stories.  Life can get quite daunting with homework, deadlines, and the looming holidays.  Grab your family, pack a bag, and get after it before it slips away.

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Relax and remember to breathe the fresh air to clear your head.  Our thoughts are often cluttered when indoors and nature can serve as a spring cleaning for the mind.  This is true for the young and old alike.  Watch how productivity rises at school and work after a day spent outdoors.

Practice distance gazing by looking outward at a sunrise or sunset.  We spend so much time staring down at our phones and tablets that our eyes need the exercise of looking off into the horizon.  Enjoy the fact that you can see for miles.  Challenge yourself to leave your phone off and vow to use it only for emergencies.  Your kids will enjoy the undivided attention and it will be waiting for you upon your return.  A day without it may be just what you need to literally unplug.

Spending time outdoors is a gift that you can give not only to you and your family but to generations to come.  Children need the opportunity to appreciate nature in order to become stewards of the land to preserve and protect its future.  Only by spending time in nature can children develop a love, respect, and understanding for our magnificent planet.

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