Friday, January 29, 2010

The Great Outdoors

What could be more exhilarating than jogging in the great outdoors breathing in the fresh air as the wind blows through your hair? There are many ways to enjoy outdoor activities. Being connected to Nature brings a peace and tranquility to the soul like nothing else can.

Many people enjoy packing their gear and heading for the campground. The whole process of camping is conducive to working together and building closeness. Together you can share the process of choosing the perfect lot with the best trees and scenery.

When you go camping everyone works together to set up the tent and arrange the bedding etc. During the day a relaxing nature hike will bring an opportunity to experience the great outdoors together. At night everyone can participate in building a campfire and placing chairs around it. Conversations take place in the great outdoors that may never be discussed in the everyday situations of our lives. Imagine the peaceful setting of roasting marshmallows over the campfire as you gaze intently at the glowing red embers burning beneath the fire. Camping is an experience that everyone should have the opportunity to do.

Some other outdoor activities include hunting, fishing, boating, skiing and swimming. Even if you have never participated in some of these activities you can learn about them through books, the internet or networking with friends.

Fishing is a great sport and it’s not just for guys. I used to fish with my Dad a lot in the summertime. We would get up very early and head for the lake. My dad would start the engine and head for his spot. Imagine being right in the middle of the lake as your body picks up the sensation of being softly rocked by the gentle waves rocking you. Your pole hangs lazily in your hand as your whole body relaxes. Suddenly you feel that tug. It’s the tug of a fish that is fighting for his life. This is where the adventure and test of your skills begins. If you’ve got a big one you will really need to hang on. Reel in the line .. yank the rod … reel some more … yank it again … feel and watch the rod bend as it threatens to follow the fish. Ahhh, the satisfaction of getting the fish close enough to grab the line and pull in the prize. Only a fisherman knows that joy!

In these busy days, everyone needs to take the time to connect with nature. Serenity and quiet will surround you when you venture out into the great outdoors.

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