It feels like another wistful departure of summer, and in these last few weeks of great weather it’s time to jam-pack our time with outdoor activities and celebrations. Do something fun and adventurous – pack a bag of snacks, a car full of good friends, and throw on some comfortable runners to head out into the country side.
Driving out of the city is the perfect chance to play some good driving music, think quietly, and catch up with friends. Going far to explore new places will help you gain perspective and clarity about where you are in life. It’s about leaving behind the ties and letting lose for a bit so you can re-energize.
The scenery you see while you hike is worth it the journey. Watch the sun set over a purple-ish tangerine sky at the very tip of the Bruce Peninsula. Take a dip in a pristine turquoise color lake that has water so clear you can see every rock and pebble underneath. Park along the side of a road, and just lay out on mats to gaze at stars that you would never be able to see anywhere near the city. All this and it’s completely free – the beauty something not even money can buy.
In My Happy Place
When I hike, I feel extremely relaxed just being in the natural and calming surroundings. It’s not every day you get lost in a pretty forest, free to roam, and have plenty of alone time without any disturbance. And while I’m enjoying beautiful Mother Nature, hiking is making me feel good because it burns cals. I get to relax, exercise, and explore – all good things for the soul.
Get Good At It
The heat and exhaustion from the sun, blisters from trekking all day, and numerous mosquito bites all over makes hiking not so easy, but it’s an activity that allows you to grow in your knowledge and skills as you progress. Start with a beginner’s trail and work your way up to intermediate, and then before you know it, next year you could be planning a trip to hike Machu Picchu. Once you’ve stood on top of the world, there’s nothing you can’t do.
You’re young and obligated to do wild things.
Go out there and take a hike!