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. Perhaps you have a place with a screen porch. 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:
There is something soothing about watching water. Even if you always sit by the same lake, the clouds are different, different boats go by, the waves are different, sometimes you may see animals and fish jumping. You may even be fortunate enough to see an eagle swoop down and snag a fish. If you don’t TAKE THE TIME to watch, you are really missing something. Lakes are gorgeous to sit by, but so are rivers. Rivers have some nuances that are different then a lake. The water is constantly moving, sometimes swiftly and sometimes quite slowly. Watching river rapids is a unique experience all on its own. Another sight you might see on a river are River Barges! Think about TAKING THE TIME to sit by a lake or river. Awesome.
You can appreciate nature by just walking in it. Chances are that if you are at a resort, there are some hiking trails near-by. You can click here t0 check out the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for MN State Trails. If there aren’t trails near you, then just take a 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, birds, and other animals. 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 YOUR TIME.
Enjoy your time. Enjoy your vacations. TAKE YOUR TIME.
Written by: Karen Senger
Additions by: Kathryn Rupnow, Riverside Resort
Photos by: Riverside Resort