After more than a year of wearing masks, social distancing, and staying at home, it’s no wonder most everyone you know wants to #wandermore. The time is ripe for excitement and exploration, where the sky’s the limit and dreams are realized. Perhaps you don’t quite know the perfect adventure. Thankfully we have some excellent ideas to help whet your imagination.
Pack a lunch and hit the trail. There’s nothing quite like hiking on a quiet trail through the woods or the mountains. Getting out of the city and into nature is like a balm for the soul. It gives you a chance to reconnect with life and calm the turmoil within that stems from work and expectations. Whether you’re an expert or a beginner, it doesn’t matter. The spirit of a hike is the journey.
Maybe half the population of your state is rushing to the beach right now, but have you ever taken the time to drive up the coast and look for secluded spots to walk in the surf? Take the time and search for seashells, sit in the sand, and find yourself while you watch the spectacular sunset. You’ll be giving yourself the gift of yourself.
How about finding a river, stream, or babbling brook? Dipping your feet into the chilly waters might just be what the doctor ordered. The babbling sounds of water over rocks calms the heart and mind and centers you to the depth of your soul. Bring a book, spend the day, and recharge yourself on the banks of a river that isn’t a popular fishing spot or the local watering hole. Wander to find it, and when you do, treasure it like the secret gem that it is.
Perhaps you’re more adventurous. What’s a better way to traverse the countryside than horseback riding? There are plenty of places to make reservations and have a lot of fun. Have you ever ridden a horse? Now’s the time. They’re beautiful and gentle creatures and you’ll have the time of your life discovering new and fantastic places. If you take a tour with a guide, that’s only a bonus, as you’re also learning something new. Take a chance and go for a ride.
Mountain Bike Riding
Alternately if you don’t like horses, you can rent or buy a mountain bike and ride your way down the trail on two wheels. Not everyone can master the dirt trails of mountains, so perhaps you’d like to keep to the paved bike trails of the city. There’s nothing wrong with that! The idea is to get out of your comfort zone so if it’s been a while since you’ve ridden a bike, get out there and give yourself a thrill. No matter whether you go hiking, find a secluded beach or a quiet river, or go riding on a horse or a bike, you’ll make memories to last you a lifetime.
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