Fun Fall Outdoor Activities
In some ways this summer has been blissful. Concern about the pandemic has kept us closer to home and perhaps spending more time than usual with small groups of family and friends. The summer weather has allowed for us to participate in outdoor gatherings, in a relatively safe environment. But now fall is upon us and it won’t be long before snow and winter temperatures keep us inside once again.
With that in mind, how can we take advantage of the crisp, autumn days and evenings? There are actually a number of outdoor activities that you might find even more enjoyable without the oppressive heat of summer.
1) Take a hike
Most trails in state and national parks are open. Check with your state’s department of health to make sure you are aware of any COVID related regulations, then tie up your hiking boots and head for the hills!
2) Pick your way through
Depending on where you live, it’s likely you will find an orchard or farm that’s open this fall with lots of fun options. Apples, peaches, pears, pumpkins and more are among the things you might find for the picking!
3) Break out the wheels
As with hiking trails, there are a number of bike trails that are open. You can ride for miles taking in the fall foliage.
4) Dining al fresco
Find a restaurant that offers outdoor seating (some have propane heaters if it gets chilly!) Or work on some of the recipes from last week’s blog and invite some friends over to your own patio or deck.
5) Rake some leaves
Yes, you heard me right. And trust me, when I attempt this by myself…BORING! But if you can coerce some friends and family over to help it can prove to be a fun task. Make some piles if there’s kids involved. They can entertain themselves for hours jumping into leaves. Once the heavy lifting is done, you can reward them with some refreshments, a barbecue and even build a fire and make some s’mores.
While we all know too well that winter is coming, there’s no reason we can’t revel in the beauty of fall while it’s here!