Why Aren't You Getting Outdoors?

"The millennial generation is... more disconnected from nature than any generation before."

This from a recent press conference with U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell.

Not that our great country is lacking opportunities for a little outdoor recreation. Maybe it's just that we need to be reminded of what's out there and to look up from our smart phones and tablets every once in a while. While most of us don't live within 50 miles of the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, the Appalachians, or the Pacific Palisades, there are still plenty of chances for us to make nature a part of our lives again that are in most cities across the country. Here are few simple ideas that we love and are going to throw out there:

Selfies are cool, but who doesn't want to photobomb a flower?

This photo of Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Nature... with training wheels. At least there's a pretty lawn?

This photo of The Woods Ampitheater at Fontanel is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Looks like these hikers ate some poisonous berries.

Courtesy of Riverside State Park's "Zombie Hike" Pinterest Page

If a tree falls in a forest and you're not--um, nevermind. Just enjoy the view. 

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Later, Gator

This photo of Gravity Trails Kayak Swamp Private Tours is courtesy of TripAdvisor

So, what ideas do you have to get outdoors this spring? How are you going to be one with nature this summer?





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