Thursday, September 27, 2012

It's Time to Get Outside

You've got about one more month left to get outside and enjoy the fall weather before you need to move into winter survival mode.  Here's some tips:

  • Getting outside--to a park, the forest, the lake, et al--is usually free and its a great way to enjoy nature.
  • Getting outside--as far away from civilization as possible--is a great way to hone your outdoor survival skills.
  • Getting outside--with the kids--is a great way for them to burn off some energy and learn to appreciate the outdoors (make sure all electronics are switched off!).
  • Entrance to national parks is free this Saturday.
  • Communing with nature is a great stress reliever.
  • Now is an excellent time to get out in nature.  For much of the country it is fall and the leaves are turning which is an added bonus; for us folks in the desert southwest the temps have dropped down to a reasonable 90 degrees which makes being outdoors bearable.
  • Things you can do outdoors: go fishing, go hunting, take a day hike, go backpacking, go camping for the weekend, canoe or kayak around the lake, go on a picnic, go geocaching, visit your local park, etc.
  • Things to take with you: day pack, cell phone, water, food, extra jacket, sunglasses, matches or lighter,  pocket knife, flashlight, whistle, first aid kit, sunscreen, compass, map, emergency blanket.
  • Should you take a firearm? It's up to you. I carry mine any time I am outdoors.
  • Want to go with others?  Here's some examples of clubs and organizations that you can join if you want company when you head outdoors (here, here, here, and here).  Look for similar clubs in your area.

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