Do you ever struggle with getting outdoors in the winter months?
I confess do.
Whether it’s the chilly damp air or my own impatience for spring (come on buds, start blooming already!), I tend to get especially grumpy about everything outdoor related around mid-February.
The funny thing, however, is - once I actually go outside, I almost instantly feel energized, and those yucky winter blahs start to go away.
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.
January is a great time for new beginnings, whether you are a "Resolutions" person or not. The fact that it's a New Year makes it a good time for reflection and starting anew.
This January, as you begin to set your intentions for 2018, we hope that more time in nature with family is one of your goals.
Have you ever heard the phrase “Nature Intelligence” and wondered what it means? In the simplest terms, Nature Intelligence is a phrase that is often used to refer to a keener awareness of the natural world. Another useful way of thinking of the concept is “nature smarts.”
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.
In our household, we have a really fun tradition of going on an outdoor adventure every Mother’s Day weekend.
This year we ended up at Rowena Crest in the Columbia River Gorge, we we ended up taking a short hike along the rocky plateau to see the bright yellow balsamroots and purple lupines that are currently in full bloom.
I've always loved these Mother’s Day trips because they give us a chance to reflect on nature in transformation. Spring is a such a great time of year to think about nature and change.
Every spring is a little different. Last Mother's Day, we were able to hike on Mt Hood to Mirror Lake, while this year (because of our cold and wet winter) that trail is still partially covered with snow.
Over the years, these adventures have become a special time for us to bond together as a family while also taking a break from the hectic pace of spring work and school schedules. Our lives can get stressful, and getting outdoors is proven to help.
Bryna R. Campbell