I don’t know about you, but this year I’ve found myself spending mindless hours playing on my phone with no end-game. Just mindlessly browsing when I could be productive. Sound familiar? With our minds constantly drawn to the glaring screens of our mobile devices, it's important that we focus at least some of our time off of social media and other superfluous apps and focus on ways to get outdoors. Below is a list of free outdoor apps to make our screen time little more productive for any type of solo or family adventure.
Ah, Saturday morning. You’re relaxing over a steaming cup of joe (or tea) and looking forward to the day ahead: a hike with the whole family. You’re excited to share the outdoor plans you’ve made for the crew but as the rest of the family begins to rise after a long week at school or camp you find your idea is met with hesitation and objections.
What does it mean to be creative? It means breaking rules to create something new and unique. Through exploration and discovery, we learn and see new things, causing our creativity to flourish. And what better place to explore and discover than the outdoors? The outdoors give us a release, allowing our imaginations to soar as we leave the four walls surrounding us and step into a lawless wilderness. The outdoors do not possess rules. Animals fight and frolic as they need and trees grow and sway—sometimes not even in tune with the basic laws of gravity. When we step outside to explore the world around us, we are physically and mentally free from the distractions of technology and today’s demanding world. As you step away from your daily life distractions, you can fully embrace the new and old sights, sounds, and smells around you to awaken your creative, right side of the brain.
Topics: Benefits of Outdoor Adventure
Today was a snow day. And not your typical grownup snow day of waking up early, shoveling, and then preparing for a treacherous drive to work. No, today was a true snow day, like the snow days I anxiously awaited for in elementary school. I woke up early, by choice, and ran to the window to gaze outside, curious if the snow amounted to what the meteorologists had predicted. They were right. About a foot of soft, fluffy, white powder waited outside for me to explore. I was ready to live out Buddy the Elf’s perfect day, “First, we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then we’ll go ice skating, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookie Dough as fast as we can, and then we'll snuggle.”
Topics: Adventure Stories