Fall is an awesome time to get outside. Come to think of it, it is great to get outside anytime of year. But, there is something about the fall season that is so appealing to many people. It could be the colors or maybe the cool evenings and bright sunny days. Maybe it is the quiet after a busy summer. Whatever your reason, TAKE YOUR TIME to really enjoy being outside.
You have many options. Below are just some to consider.
Sit on a chair: Yes, just sit. Whether you are by water or in the middle of the forest, grab a chair and plan on just sitting and relaxing. TAKE YOUR TIME to just sit. If you are lucky enough to be by the water, grab a chair and just sit. Don’t bring your phone, i-Pad or music. Plan on just listening. It does take a little practice. You can sit by yourself or sit with others. No matter where you are, you can TAKE THE TIME to just sit.
Sitting by a lake or river: This is one of my favorites. There is something soothing about watching water. Riverside Resort lies right on the Cedar Island Lake. We can walk down and look at it whenever we want. It is GORGEOUS!!!. We really try to not take it for granted. It may be the same lake, but it is always interesting and different. The clouds are different, different boats go by, the waves are different, sometimes there are animals that pass by, actually one time we even saw an eagle swoop down and snag a fish. If you don’t TAKE THE TIME to watch, you are really missing something. Think about TAKING THE TIME to sit by water. It is awesome!!!
Hike: You can really appreciate nature by just walking in it. Riverside Resort is located only 1.5 miles away from the Glacial Lakes State Trail. You can also click here to check out the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for MN State Trails for other trails in MN. If you would prefer to not take a trail, you can just walk on a quiet road. When you are out there TAKE YOUR TIME and pay attention to the noises. If you are quiet you will most likely hear the squirrels, chipmunks, and birds. These noises are always there, we just usually don’t take the time to listen. If you plan ahead think about taking a small chair or perhaps a bag lunch to take a break on the trail. Whatever you do, TAKE THE TIME.
Cabin: When you are lucky enough to rent a cabin, think about spending some time enjoying it. Some people enjoy getting out and spending very little time in their cabin and enjoy a very active vacation. This is great (and many times this is the type of vacation I take). But, make sure you take some time during your trip, TAKE YOUR TIME to sit and relax. If you are at a busy resort, it is fun to hear others hustle and bustle. If it is more quiet or secluded, you will hear nature all around you. Chances are you will hear the loons. They will be going south soon! And, do not forget to open your windows. Fall is in the air, the time to keep windows open may be coming to an end.
Enjoy your time. Enjoy your vacations. TAKE YOUR TIME.
Written by: Karen Senger
Edited by: Kathryn Rupnow
Photo Credit: Riverside Resort