One of the big challenges of Thanksgiving is the added stresses that the holiday brings. Between the planning, eating, travel, the extended family get togethers, the entire week can be quite taxing!
That’s why our family has a tradition of going for a family hike during the break.
Nature does the body, mind, and soul a lot of good.
Getting outdoors is one of the most effective ways to easy stress and anxiety. Plus, a walk can aid digestion after that big meal, and can help kids stuck indoors during mealtime get their wiggles out.
This time of year is also a great time to enjoy the last of fall colors before we transition more fully into winter.
Want to get outdoors during your Thanksgiving break but your not sure where to go? Here are some ideas to help you out.
Did you know that November is a special time of year for bird watching? It's the peak month for migratory waterfowl to travel through our region.
We are celebrating this seasonal phenomenon with the launch of a very special packet about migratory birds and their wetland habitats. It focuses on one of the region's best preserved waterfowl habitats: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Ridgefield, Washington.
Fall is one of the best times of the year to explore the forest for mushrooms. As the rains come, so does an array of fungi, popping up on rotting logs, among fallen leaves, and in the soil on the forest floor. I recently attended a Mushroom Discovery Hike at Scouters Mountain (hosted by Oregon Metro in conjunction with the Oregon Zoo) to learn more about this fall phenomenon. In the post below I share what I learned.
A few years back, I was in a career that would make me so busy in the Fall that everything seemed a blur around this time of year. October seemed to fly by, and in my anxiety to meet work deadlines, I’d instinctively treat family activities like pumpkin picking or hiking as extra chores.
I’d hike with our family in a rush, thinking it would save time. I would get impatient when my child dragged his heels out on the trails. I’d try to “squeeze in” family time between work, because I wanted to get out with my family even thought I thought I didn’t have the time to really make space for them.
Have you ever rushed through fall family adventures like this? Have you ever gotten impatient with your child when they are ambling about on the trail?
Have you been thinking about getting outside for a family adventure? Here are five reasons Fall is a great time for family nature exploring in the Pacific Northwest!
Rain brings new life to the outdoors!
Sometimes we all get a little cranky when the rain returns in the Pacific Northwest. But remember, when the rain returns, so does so much else! Moss returns, fungi grow, and creatures awaiting cooler days come out again. This is a great time of the year to explore new growth in the forests.
Bryna R. Campbell