If you’ve been working on your cubicle around-the-clock, waiting for the weekend to get here, then you shouldn’t spend it anywhere else than outside. It’s your well-deserved escape. Instead of wasting it indoors or spending too much money on a trip somewhere far, remember that Mother Nature can give you the same rest for free.
Bring your trusty Tsunami fishing rod and take your buddies on a boat trip to catch some fins. A sport of patience, fishing allows us to improve our focus, concentration, and mental clarity, all while soaking in the sunlight and enjoying the tranquility of nature.
There are a lot of great fishing spots, too. Sunny Florida’s saltwater fishing spots are abundant, with a gulf on one side, the Atlantic on the other, and a whole mess of lakes, bays, and canals all over the state. Bounded by the Great Lakes, Michigan is also marked with a lot of great fishing spots where you can reel in salmon, smallmouth, and other freshwater fishes.
This requires a little more strength and endurance, but the experience is no less rewarding. It’s been a mission for some very seasoned hikers to conquer the best trekking and hiking trails around the USA as a way to test their human limits, and it only takes a weekend to put yourself in the same mindset.
Try trekking through the so-called “Triple Crown” of long-distance hiking trails: the Appalachian Trail of the eastern US, the western Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail that cuts through the Rocky Mountains. Hiking involves serious training, but fortunately, trails all over the states welcome weekend travelers who want to marvel at the world from up high.
You might have had the idea once or twice, so consider this a sign to push your camping plans through. And why not? It’s anything and everything you’ve imagined it would be: casually wandering through protected nature reserves or national parks, pitching your tent by a lake or under lush foliage, and exchanging stories while roasting marshmallows around the bonfire. It’s fun, challenging, and improves your resourcefulness and camaraderie as a group.
The quintessential camping experience usually takes place in national parks like Yellowstone or Yosemite, but you could achieve the same at any national park across the states.
Traversing hillsides on two wheels might be the most physically demanding activity for a weekend trip, but it’s the most rewarding for your body. It improves your heart health, exercises your coordination and reflexes, and it’s an excellent way to work out. Do it with your friends and family members, and you get to improve your mood.
Some top-notch trails include the Grand Valley and Crested Butte in Colorado. But if you’re up for a bit of a challenge, the sloping terrains of Moab and Park City in Utah will surely sweat you out.
From the high mountains to the deep waters, adventure awaits just outside your door. It’s only a matter of making time during the weekend and agreeing with your friends and family about how and where you want to wander.