For many the call of spring means melting snow and cleaner homes. For others it’s a time of renewal and new-found motivation. And while temperatures still fluctuate between warm and brisk, there are plenty of reasons to enjoy the outdoors during the spring. In fact, there are many outdoor activities that are better done during a chilly spring morning or evening.
Camping during the spring can be a real treat due to the contrast of comfortable midday temperatures with brisk nighttime air. You may not notice this phenomenon as much if you live in the city, but those who reside in the country understand. Go hiking during the day in your shorts but then slide into your pants in the evening. By the time the sun has fully set, you’ll probably want to pull up a Chaheati and sit by the campfire. And in the morning you’ll be greeted to frosty or cold, dewy grass. If you’re prepared for both warm and cold temperatures, spring camping can be truly amazing.
While debatably a sport of opportunity, horseback riding ranks highly among spring activities for many of the same reasons. A cool spring morning is the perfect time to ride full gallop through a field or trot down a mountain trail. The chilly air racing across your face will remind you that you’re alive, while you fully enjoy the blossoming trees and flowers. If you don’t have horses of your own, planning an outdoor spring excursion with horses is still possible, especially through specialty travel agents like Hidden Trails.
When talking about spring outdoor activities, it’s difficult not to mention the barbeque. Lighting up the charcoal or gas grill for the first time acts as reminder that yes, spring is here. The first spring barbeque makes the perfect excuse to invite your friends and family over. When the cool night air arrives, pull up the camp chairs outside and keep the party warm by the fire pit. Share stories and catch up with what’s been going on with your friends. You may even feel inspired and begin planning your next spring outdoor vacation while your there.
This excellent springtime activity — great when the weather is still brisk — may surprise you: stream and river cleanups. The National River Cleanup initiative strives to keep citizens informed of the importance of the nation’s rivers and streams. With massive amounts of trash making its way into America’s streams and rivers each year, it’s important volunteers help with putting garbage where it belongs. Why is spring great for this? In early spring the ground is still slightly firm and easier to tread on in the morning, especially around waterways. Cleanups around the banks of rivers and streams are considerably easier when you’re not getting stuck in mud the entire time.
In all, there are plenty of reasons to enjoy spring outdoor activities. Don’t let a little bit of cool air indoors keep you inside. Let nature’s call of spring lead you out of the house and into the great outdoors.