This past weekend I enjoyed a serious staycation full of microadventures. With family and friends in town, we managed to spend just about every moment outside. From patio dinners to bike rides to an easter egg hunt (ok, beer decorated like easter eggs) to some games of corn hole, the weekend was full of childish fun.
Prior to a recent backpacking trip, I was looking for some resources to help me with meal planning. Being someone who usually eats quite well on camping trips (my group of friends tends to carry coolers with fresh food and cold beers quite the distance), I know I had to tone it down for this trip. We were hiking 8 miles in the first day and were anticipating 90 degree heat. To my disappointment, this search yielded suggestions that did not incorporate fresh foods, which should be easy to do on a short weekend trip...
Ah, Monday. It seems to come around all too fast not matter what the weekend brings. Good thing you do not need the weekend to have an adventure. You may not have time to do a 10 mile hike or make the drive to your favorite surf spot but you can find plenty of opportunities to do something in the great outdoors.
Happy first week of spring! Longer days and warmer weekends mean more time in the sun. Yay for vitamin D! We all know that limiting time in the sun and covering up is the best way to avoid getting burnt but, come on, I know you are not going to hide out inside in the middle of the day. You are an adventurer. You live to be outside. You are stoked to get on that board or throw on those hiking shoes and spend the whole day out in nature. That is not going to change. So, it is time to get that sunscreen supply ready.
This February I had the good fortune of being in one of my absolute favorite places, Yosemite. In the past few years I have had some trips to the park during the off season but this was the first time I experienced a feeling of solitude the entire time I was there. The valley was quiet the Friday morning we rolled in, with barely a soul in sight. The trails were empty. I took in nearly every view in a silence that is usually only possible if you are the first to summit. On top of it all, I awoke each morning to an incredible view of the sun rising behind Half Dome. Sheer bliss.