This coming Tuesday, April 22nd, is Earth Day, the worldwide celebration of environmental protection. Founded by the Earth Day Network in 1970, the holiday is often associated with ecologically friendly activities such as recycling and planting trees. While such activism is certainly in the fundamental spirit of the day, another important part of the Earth Day is simply being out in and appreciating nature. This year, consider unplugging from technology and spending some quality time outdoors with these awesome past times:
Hiking: Taking a hike is one of the best ways to explore the natural beauty of an environment. Hiking paths often wind through various types of tertian, showcasing the diversity of an area. Depending on where you live, you can easily go through woodland, meadows, stream beds, and more in a single hike. When planning your hike look for a national park or local conservation center with scenic views. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you might even consider making a weekend trip out of it. Day hikes are great, but adding camping makes for an even better experience!
Biking: In addition to being a great form of exercise, biking is an excellent way to experience the outdoors. You can cover great distances with relative ease and with little impact on your joints. And what better way to enjoy the sights and smells of spring than with the wind blowing through your hair? Take your bicycle to a local bike path, go off road at a nearby nature center, or make your Earth Day commute more green and bike to work.
Running: Just because you’re not the “stop and smell the roses type” doesn’t mean you can’t take some time to appreciate nature. If you’re more of a get up and goer, then how about taking a nice long run this Earth Day? One of the best things about running is that you can do it anywhere. If you live in the city find a nice park and enjoy the new spring buds and blossoms. If you live in a more rural location, consider finding a wooded or hilly area and challenge yourself to a cross country run.
We live on a pretty cool planet and Earth Day is a great excuse to go explore it! If you’re looking for the perfect gear to accompany you on your adventures, check out our top of the line athletic bags. The X-Train pack and All Elements pack are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. From all of us here at OGIO have a happy and active Earth Day!