Things I like
Things I like - Summer was great! I had a lot of fun outdoors with my family and friends. I put together a list of my favorite outdoor activities to do in the summer to stay busy and entertained all summer long:
Swimming can be fun at the pool or at the beach. Another option is to go to a water park in your area. It is a great exercise for the whole body and what a wonderful way to cool off in a hot summer day!
Snorkeling makes swimming so much more exciting because you get to see what is going on under water, turning it into a real adventure. You get to watch brightly colored schools of fish passing by, waving plants, coral and other inhabitants of the sea world. Snorkeling is cool and all it requires is a mask, snorkel and fins.
The sport of water skiing, riding on the skis along the water's surface while being towed by a motorboat is a challenging and fun activity. You have to be physically fit to do this one and it requires control and balance in the water. It is exhilarating being out in the fresh air, gliding on the water, feeling the wind and splashes. For this activity you would need two people on the boat (driver and observer), skis, ski rope and ski belt.
What can be better than just lying on the warm sand and basking in sunshine, completely relaxed and forgetting about a busy life for a while. I try to sunbathe between 8 and 11 in the morning and between 4 and 7 o'clock in the evening to avoid the searing sun. When you start getting sun-tanned it is better to limit sunbathing to 15 min and then gradually increase the time as you get tanner. Try to avoid sunburn.
Fishing is a good way to bond with nature (and get a dinner). You can fish from a bank of a river or from a boat in the sea, whichever way you prefer. Fishing rod and reel and the right lure are the main things you need. You throw out a line and then sit back and relax. Some fish are edible and some are sport fish. Big sport fish put up a lot of fight and it is exciting when you finally bring fish into the boat.
6. Mushroom hunting
It is so exciting to find mushrooms in the forest. You collect them by cutting them and putting them in a basket. It is important, however, to follow the safety guidelines, because poisonous mushrooms are commonly confused for edible ones. It is better to have an expert on mushrooms on your mushroom hunting team to help you sort out good mushrooms from bad ones. In my family it is my dad's responsibility to do the sorting. You want to be careful to avoid mushroom poisoning which could lend you in the hospital after eating mushrooms.
You can surround yourself with colorful flowers that thrive in high temperatures and grow vegetables and culinary herbs in summer. Maintaining a healthy garden requires constant upkeep, too much water can be as bad for plants as too little water. Daily monitoring will be necessary for success. As the plants bring vegetables and flowers the result is very rewarding and gardening becomes a pleasure.
Besides riding a bike for reasons like saving the money and reducing gas emissions, biking is just fun. You can go at a comfortable speed for you. It feels good to have the wind in your face. The ability to go anywhere you want gives you a sense of freedom. It clears your mind and energizes you. You see things from a different perspective (than when, for instance you are walking or driving a car) and you discover things you've never noticed before.
9. Playing badminton
I just love this game. It is great physical exercise. Smashing the shuttlecock with a racquet and watching it go up in the air into your partner's court is lots of fun. Sending a shuttlecock back and forth, running to this side or that side while trying to hit it before the shuttlecock hits the ground, can be quite challenging; especially if the wind is blowing! Better to do it on a wind-free day.
10. Playing volleyball
What can be better than gathering a group of people to play volleyball? You learn to work as a team and it is a great exercise. All you need is a net and a beach ball. It is better to have plenty of drinking water to stay hydrated. Another alternative is to play volleyball in a swimming pool. You stay cool while playing the game.
Keep busy in the summer with these fun summer activities. These are not only a great way to celebrate the summer season, but also a great way to help beat summertime boredom!