How to: Enjoy the Outdoors

How to: Enjoy the Outdoors

Robin Penning, World Press A beautiful sight from one of many trails in Lake Tahoe.

                                                                                                                   Robin Penning, World Press
A beautiful sight from one of many trails in Lake Tahoe.

Springtime, a time of renewal and newfound motivation. In other words, it is time to get off our asses and get active because there are plenty of reasons to enjoy the outdoors during this invigorating spring weather. With classes quickly coming to a close, here are a few ideas to keep in mind if you find yourself stuck on the couch with nothing to do.

Go on a horseback ride, taking in the views offered throughout the county from a unique perspective. Quiet and secluded locations throughout the county offer rides through a variety of terrain, with experienced and friendly guides that help you choose a horse that is suited to your ability. Enjoy the fresh air, mountain and spectacular views as you wind your way through trails and forests. Maybe even take a whole dayride and stop for a picnic along the way.

Hike one of the many trails scattered throughout California that range from fairly easy to difficult. There are hundreds of trails to choose from, but the best ones can be found around Lake Tahoe or Yosemite National Park. You can never go wrong with a challenge to reach breathtaking mountainous views.

Camp at a local campground. Your vacation to enjoy the outdoors would not be complete without actually sleeping in the outdoors. So, choose one of the beautiful campgrounds that this state offers, and settle in for an experience that you will not forget. There are several campgrounds in California that can kick off your summer just right. Breakfast on the camp stove can start your day, and of course, s’mores around the campfire at night completes your camping experience. Pitch a tent, and use it as a base for exploring all that nature has to offer while you live there a night or two.

California offers many lakes and rivers that you can easily fish, so grab your pole. The solitary nature of the sport of fishing can be easily enjoyed by traveling the secluded back roads to areas where the water is pure and the surroundings are peaceful. The creeks are stocked, and the natural environment can provide the perfect setting. Just walking along the rivers makes for a great day, but catching a fish will just add to that pleasure.

The possibilities are endless when it comes down to enjoying the outdoors. Stockton, Calif. may not have much to offer, but California’s beauty is awaiting your discovery to challenge it’s adventurous side.

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Jenna Graves

Lifestyles Editor at The Pacifican

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