Gathering with friends and family? Spend time outdoors

By Caileen  |  Wednesday, December 7, 2011  |  ,  |  Leave comment

family_trailwalkDecember is the month of the year when we spend more time with friends and family. It's about creating memories and being with those we love.  Most of our gatherings include lots of food and spending time indoors together, but how about getting outside?

Here are some popular ideas to get out and enjoy the winter landscape.

  • Hiking - Explore your local national park. Many of them have trails that all ages can enjoy and it's wonderful to see how the park changes with each season.
  • Rock art - Gather rocks at your local beach or park and see what you can create with them.
  • Take pictures - Have family and friends bring a camera or buy disposables and take a walk outside. Everyone can take pictures during the walk and afterwards you can compare what interesting images you were all able to capture.
  • Bike riding - Gather the family and have everyone ride their bicycles through your neighborhood or along a local park trail.
  • Sledding - Not everyone can get up on skis but anyone can take a ride down a snowy hill on a sled.

So get out, have fun, and afterwards warm up with a nice cup of hot chocolate.

When exploring the forests, hills and trails during the winter, avoid handling leafless vines. Poison ivy and poison oak lose their leaves in the winter and the vines left behind still contain the plant's irritant, urushiol. There is enough of this oil in the plant vines to cause a full blown poison plant rash.

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