Community Chatter: What are your favorite outdoor activities or spaces?
As more and more of the country is moving firmly into Spring territory, I asked around to find out how my teammates spend their time when they aren't working, here is what they have to say:
@SashaMCI'm not sure if you consider this an outdoor activity, but boy, do I love road trips. This week my best friend and I decided to drive all the way to Crystal River, Fl, and Yankeetown, Fl to chase the sunset! Nothing like having the windows down, hair blowing in the wind, and blasting some old-school reggae music. The vibes are simply immaculate, but the best part about it is the beach and the appreciation for nature.
It was fascinating to see the full moon and the sun out at the same time! We even found an abandoned boat, but we were too chicken to take a closer look. From these moments, it feels like all your stressing and worrying fades away, and it's total bliss after that! Here are some shots I took from our adventure!
When you move to Idaho, you immediately realize that people love being outside. Whether it's winter and you're hitting the slopes, or setting up your tent in the summertime, being outdoors is a way of life. I lived almost 10 years near the ocean but usually kept a respectful distance, with the occasional dip to my knees. Here, lakes and rivers are so accessible (and free) so on a beautiful day, you can catch my family and me there! We love walking on the greenbelt, looking for eagles, and catching (then releasing) baby fishes with our nets. Here, there's always something to do to catch some rays and soak in that fresh air!
While there is no shortage of outdoor activities in the great Appalachian mountains, none have captured my heart quite like this. It started as a college-born obsession with tossing a frisbee, but when the weather changed every fall and my friends ran inside, I still longed to see plastic in flight. Disc Golf is exactly what you think it is: a competition with yourself or others, fewest throws into the basket across 18 holes wins. The sport has been exploding across the globe, and I'd wager there's a course hiding at your local park that you never knew about.
Disc Golf has taken me to places all across the eastern United States: from the tall and antiquated forests of eastern Tennessee to the sharp and rocky hills of western North Carolina. I've thrown through palm trees in central Florida, and over marshes and cattails on the eastern Georgia coast. No matter the location, in practice I learn dedication and discipline, and in competition, I learn focus and patience. Most importantly, I value the time alone in the wild. On the course, I am at peace with the world, with only one goal in mind: my next throw.
While I absolutely love the beauty of the Sonoran desert, and I will fight anyone who says our sunsets are boring (breathtaking is the correct word,) the one place I love above all others is standing at the edge of the ocean.
I've got hundreds of pictures and videos on my phone of various beaches to remind me of the dancing sunlight on the water and the power of the waves crashing the shore. Living in a landlocked state, the nearest beach is 4-5 hours away and I don't get to go nearly often enough. But if you give me the choice, I'll choose the ocean every time.
So tell us, what are some of your favorite activities or places to be outdoors?