Skydiving might be an adventure to some, but not to me. I enjoy outdoorsy things that keep my heart from racing quite so much. With middle age has come the desire to enjoy the outdoors in a more calm and peaceful way, with as little exertion on my part as possible. If you need a little of the peace that only Mother Nature provides, then here are a few things in Northern California that should be right up your alley.
1. Read in a Hammock
Hammocks are becoming a lot more popular around here. Take your favorite book outside and read for awhile. This guy didn't even let his newborn keep him from a little epic outdoorsy time. He's teaching his child well. What a great father!
2. Ice Cream
Find your favorite park bench or outside spot and cool off with a cone. Ice cream makes any experience a good one. But, outside it just tastes best!
3. Wine + Outside = EPIC
We live in such a beautiful part of the state. We're known for our world-renowned wine country, so it makes sense to enjoy a little outside for fun.
4. Fly A Kite
Everybody needs to act like a kid every once in a while. With hundreds of miles of coastline, just head west and mark your spot. There's almost always a breeze for your kite to tumble and turn in. Plus it's kind of romantic to do with your special person.
5. Picnic In The Park
Where do you live? I promise wherever you are in Northern California you aren't very far away from a park. Look at a map and pick one you haven't been to before. Then make a sandwich, bring a blanket and some munchies and enjoy some outdoorsy time. P.S. LEAVE YOUR PHONE IN THE CAR. Bring a book instead.
6. Take A Hike
Take an easy hike. This photo was taken at Tilden Park in Berkeley, a favorite of folks in the east bay. It has over 2,000 acres of hiking trails and there's even a merry go round and steam engine for the kids. Bonus!
7. Ride In A Hot Air Balloon
Float over Napa Valley, Sacramento, or Calistoga in a hot air balloon. Stop talking about how you'd LOVE to do this and make a few calls to set up your reservations. Check this off your bucket list this year.
8. Ride A Bike
You don't have to be Lance Armstrong to ride a bike...ahem..well, he may not be the best example, but you get what I mean. You know that bike that's collecting dust in the back of your garage? Yeah, that one. Toss it into your car and ride around your nearest park, lake, or stream. DO IT.
9. Catch A Baseball
Being outside doesn't mean you can't enjoy a good sports event. The boys of summer are only here for a few more months. Have you caught a game yet? GO A's! (Sorry, Giants fans -- my article, my team!)
10. Catch Some Rays
Enjoy a few minutes in the sun. Wherever you are outside, just sit back and breathe deeply. Then enjoy the feel of the sun hitting your face. (Unless it's 105 degrees like it has been lately -- then definitely DO NOT DO THIS.)
11. Enjoy Coffee With A Side Of Nature
Grab that cup of coffee and take it outside. Better yet, fill a mug from home with your favorite hot brew and hike along a creek or stream. Find a soft spot and SIT and DRINK. Ahhhh, that's just lovely.
12. Drop A Line
Do you LOVE to fish? When's the last time you went? Here's the question that hits a nerve...when's the last time you took your son/daughter along? Now that's epic.
All of these are pretty easy on the pocket book AND epic for the soul. Which ones have you done lately? Send this to your friend and have them choose something to do with you this weekend!