… When you are crazy busy.
Earlier this summer I wrote about the adventure my Mom had with emergency triple bypass surgery. It has made our lives rather busier than usual with care-giving, doctors appointments, keeping up with business, and more.
Finding time to get outside and go for adventures has been hard. My original plan for this summer was to go camping at least once each month and get out on more hikes. Things kinda changed so I have had to find other ways to spend time outside.
It hasn’t helped that this has been on of the hottest summers on record with more 90+ days in a row and several triple digit days in June and July. That doesn’t usually happen in little ole Newberg, Oregon.
So what do we do when life gets crazy busy but we still need time outdoors to refresh and recharge?
- You explore your local area more
- Take longer dog walks in the morning
- Vary your morning walking routes to see more of the neighborhood
- Go to the park
But above all, you get intentional about scheduling time and getting it on the calendar as an appointment. If it isn’t marked on your calendar you won’t do it, you will put it off or schedule something else.
There are a lot of great resources to help you find trails and other outdoor adventures close to your home. Here are 2 of my favorite sites to get started with:
Sites like this will be a great resources for maps, directions, trail reviews, tips and more.
But there are days when all you have is time for a walk in your neighborhood. That is fine! Do it :). You never know what you might find. Take your camera or a camera phone and go explore. Slow down long enough to see your neighborhood from a new perspective. You just never know what treasure you might find a long the way.
A Plan & Schedule Your Adventure
Block out 20-30 minutes at least 3x’s this week or a couple hours over the weekend and get it on your calendar. I keep saying this because I know you and I know me – really and truly if it is not on your calendar you won’t do it. We have to be intentional about this.
This time could be spent walking at the park, exploring your neighborhood or finding a new trail.
Here are just some of the benefits of walking and exploring:
- Reduce stress
- Lowering blood pressure
- Problem solving (Can’t tell you how many times I have figured out a problem while out on a walk)
- Deep breathing
- Get the blood pumping
- Get out from behind the desk
The longer the walk the better but do what you can, start somewhere.
Bailey has loved the longer dog walks that we can do here in Newberg, it is one of things I miss the most about the area, lots of room to walk.
One morning Bailey and I were out and we had the unexpected pleasure to see a full flight of 6 hot air balloons come in for a landing in a big field. That was absolutely spectacular I took lots of photos. More on that adventure later…
My niece came to visit in July to help out and we wanted to get out on more than just dog walks. I had forgotten about a place I had visited years ago only 15-20 minutes away. We have a local monastery, Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey, beautiful walking trails and a small pond. It is a beautiful to visit. We had a gorgeous day and an absolutely lovely time sitting by the pond writing, thinking and just being.
We also visited one of my favorite parks, Champoeg State Park, and took some of the back trails and walked with the dogs on a nice long walk. Enjoying the scenery, the silence and the morning air.
It Can Be Done
My point in all this is that an outdoor adventure does not have to be a huge planned out vacation or adventure, it literally can be out your back door, within walking distance or a short 15-20 minute drive away.
The adventure is to be had if you take the time to look.
What hidden gems have you found close to your home?
Marta Goertzen is an entrepreneur, writer, and nature photographer. She daily explores the trails and beaches of the South Central Oregon Coast with her dogs. You can follow along on their adventures on Instagram. She is also the author of several books, and now with the Selah Journal: A reflective journal and mini-retreat. Start your own daily gratitude practice with our, “7 Days of Gratitude Challenge – A Gratitude Journal Starter Kit”.