My list for ToT of 10 things to do Outdoors is:
My favorite outdoor activity is sky watching. Not only do I watch daily from my favorite spot, I watch when I drive, when I'm eating lunch in the park, and anywhere else I can catch sight of even a sliver of the sky. The sky is the reason I love being outdoors.
Being in the garden is a big draw in the spring, summer, and fall. Spring is planting season and I enjoying watching the plants peek through the soil and their (almost) daily progress as they grow. Summer I do what I can to help with weeding and watering, but my back prevents me from taking too active a part. In the fall I am the principal harvester, or at least the harvest spotter.
All year round we like to be in the mountains, enjoying the views, and the changing seasons. Within minutes we can access any number of canyon and hike the trails in summer and winter. Winter hiking involves microspiking which is a whole lot of fun and sometimes easier than hiking because your feet have more grip (no sliding on small rocks). Given my back issues, we may not go far or on some of the harder trails, but we are out, enjoying the clean mountain air, and feeling the sun on our faces.
I love to picnic in the canyons, or have dinner al fresco on our patio. Our favorite local taqueria has a delightful patio and, if you're lucky, you can find a seat under a colorful umbrella.
I love to read while sitting on the patio, as I love the warmth of summer on my skin. Smith bought me an e-reader and I'll either use it or read a "real" book, while I sip on an ice tea.
Walking is far more fun out of doors than using a treadmill inside. You never know what you'll see when out for a walk and this time of year it's especially nice to be out in the fresh air.
Although it involves walking, wandering through a farmer's market is not quite the same. Farmer's markets involve more of a stroll-like pace, as I like to check out the produce or handmade items sold at the markets. It will be a couple of months before the opening of our valley markets, but I'm looking forward to visiting my two favorites as soon as they hang out a shingle.
Knit! Almost anything you can do indoors can be done outdoors. In the spring and fall the patio takes over the duties of the living room and we enjoy being out on our evenings. Smith reads the paper and I knit or read. May, some years into June, and September, even into October, are usually the best months to enjoy the open air. Before the height of summer, the sun is a good angle of the sky to keep our little area shaded.
The very best place to take pictures is in the outdoors! There are textures, colors, animals, and people, flowers, and other surprises around every corner. This involves walking and/or wandering and being aware of the world around you. It's also good for you to move even if for only a few minuts a day.
I love to go for a drive and see the sights around our beautiful state. It's been awhile since we're been on much of a road trip together. I hope we find the time to enjoy one or two trips this summer.
Is that 10? Do you have a favorite outdoor activity?