So I have been planning all year to expand my outdoor activities, after spending the past few years mostly indoors, I have really made plans (and some efforts) to get outdoors more. This has not been as easy the past year it seems, but the planning phase has been easy. My first few attempts at doing some real outdoor activities were stifled by lack of proper equipment and planning, so I intend to change that.
I remember the good old days when going out to play was just that, you went outside, and simply found things to do. These days it seems the weather is so unpredictable and extreme that it’s not so easy. It also appears the special clothing and protection is more necessary these days – things I never thought about years ago like dehydration, wind burn, west nile virus, things need to be done to minimize the risks out there! OF course there is the air quality alerts that basically say breathing heavy outside on most days is really bad for the lungs – which kind of defeats the whole purpose of going outside anyways.
So I have been slowly planning for enjoying the outdoors with some basic essentials, new boots, a cheap bow, some warmer clothes. I even got a fanny pack for a water carrier. I am so looking forward to playing with some new outdoor toys this winter. Now if I can find the right combination of things to defeat wind burned cheeks I think this winter will be fun instead of miserable SAD (seasonal disorder). Fingers crossed, new toys is my motivation – lets hope it works!