The Christmas Day Hike

The holiday season is for many people a time of to-do lists, hurrying from store to store, buying and wrapping presents, and the chaos of planning a family get together.  So many folks get exhausted by all of the errands, planning, and family time. While there’s nothing wrong with all of the normal holiday business, this year, I’d like to encourage you to add a new tradition to your celebration: the Christmas Day hike.

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A Day at the Lake

A long weekend like Memorial Day is a great chance for some time on the water, but not everyone is close to a beach. However, nearly every city or town does have a lake of some sort (either natural or manmade) nearby.  These lakes provide the perfect chance to escape while being close and accessible.  They are just right for a great day trip for hiking or a weekend camping trip.  But perhaps best of all, many have little beaches that are tailor made for spending a relaxing afternoon.

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Travel: explore your own region

Travel is one of those activities imbued with a dreamy sense of going far, far away and having a “once in a lifetime” experience.  You start to research travel and before you know it, you’ve decided what you really want is to live out of a backpack for a year while you travel across Europe and southeast Asia while living on $0.39 a day and escaping the droning hum of daily life.

And because this is obviously a huge undertaking, you do nothing.  Ok, maybe you change your desktop backdrop at work to something “inspiring” like a photo of Angkor Wat.  And maybe you grow a resentful little chip on your shoulder for a few weeks about working for the man and your “boring” life.  But you don’t take any action because you’ve convinced yourself that “travel” can only mean something unusual, spectacular, and complicated.  But that isn’t true.   Continue reading “Travel: explore your own region”