Fitting in Outdoor Fun

wm2Fall is a nature lover’s  best friend. The summer heat wanes, the bugs thin out, and thorns and ivy die back a bit. Not only are the conditions prime, but fall is beautiful. Whole forests erupt in gold, purple, and crimson, making the Ozarks one of the most incredible sights around. There are more than a couple of folks who would literally spend the entire season outdoors if given the chance. Unfortunately, there are things like jobs and school responsibilities that get in the way of that idea. Fall is one of the best times to get outdoors, but it can also be one of the busiest times of the year. How do you make time to fit outdoor fun into your schedule?

First you skip this weekend, then the next, then next thing you know you’re staring out your window looking at a sheet of snow wondering where fall went. It’s easy to make excuses or say you’re too busy, but you can plan for and make time to get outside. Prioritize work, or class, or household duties, and get them done so when the weekend rolls around you can get out and play! It might seem like a strange idea to make a plan to have fun, but sometimes that’s what it takes when you’ve got a hectic schedule.

Always be prepared. This is good advice for the wilderness as well as just your everyday life. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep a day pack stashed in your car with the essentials and your hiking boots for a quick spur of the moment adventure. Whether it’s a quick hike on your lunch break, an overnight camp out in a hammock, or a flash bouldering session between classes, keep the outdoor gear essentials handy!

Remember that your outings don’t always have to be epic multi-day excursions. Sometimes a quick day trip or even just getting outside for a few hours can be enough to feel recharged and re-energized. Save those intense treks that require days on days for vacations!

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