Depending on where you live, the summer may have been too hot to brave the outdoors for more than a sprint to your air-conditioned car. But now that the heat is easing off and the subtle undertones of fall are accompanying the start of school, the time is just right for a day outside soaking up the beauty of summer.
Whether you’re celebrating the kids being home from school or just enjoying a break in the workweek, a few hours in the great outdoors can lift your spirits, renew your mind and reenergize you for the week ahead. Not sure where to go get lost in the woods? One great resource is Trails.com, where you can enter your zip code to find all the hiking and biking trails in your area and where to access them.
For a day in the great outdoors, find a trail that looks appealing, gather up some friendly travel companions (friends or family will do) and make a day of it. Pick a trail that rewards you at the end with a view or a waterfall or something that makes the trek worthwhile. Or, just enjoy the beauty of being out in the woods in new surroundings.
Even beyond the landscape it offers, going for a hike has several added benefits as well. For one thing, it’s a fun way to squeeze in a workout without feeling like you’re working out. Plus, the calm of the woods provides a peaceful place for conversation with friends or for reflection on your own.
Just because it’s time to jump into a fall routine doesn’t mean there isn’t still a good bit of summer to enjoy. Give the entire family a break and explore the trails in your area. Go ahead–take a hike!