Things Are About to Get Brighter for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Daylight saving time (DST) 2017 begins this Sunday, March 12th at 2:00 a.m. Once daylight saving time begins, we’re turning the clocks forward one hour. This means that when 2:00 a.m. rolls around on Sunday it will actually be 3:00 a.m. Nobody likes losing an hour of sleep, but there is a silver lining to the beginning of DST. This is a great time of year for people who love spending time outdoors.

The Uniform Time Act of 1966 established a federal standard advancing time through DST, which went into effect in 1967. There’s no real addition or subtraction of time with Daylight Saving time. There’s just a shift in the parts of the day that we choose to be active so we get more usable daylight. In fact, Arizona and Hawaii don’t even observe DST.

While many of us begrudgingly change our clocks at the beginning of DST – if you even own a clock that doesn’t change automatically, that is – outdoor enthusiasts do have a positive takeaway from the time change. Since we wake up one hour earlier we essentially get an extra hour of daylight in the evenings. This means extra time to enjoy our hikes and bike rides, put in one last effort on our rock climbing project, take things a little bit slower on the river, or otherwise enjoy nature!

In addition to the extra hour of daylight in the evenings, we’re gradually gaining more daylight as the year goes on. Daylight hours increase until June 20th 2017. This marks the summer solstice, the longest day (the day with the most sunlight) of the year. More sunlight, warmer temperatures, and returning plant life make spring one of the best times to get outdoors!

We’ve provided Northwest Arkansas with outdoor gear, camping equipment, outdoor apparel, and more for 35 years. Whether you’re about to embark on your first day hike or your 50th backpacking trip, we carry everything you need to enjoy your time outdoors. Stop by and see us the next time you’re in Fayetteville!

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