Doesn't that look appealing? No, not at all? Yeah, I wouldn't want to go either.
It’s Spring Break this week! Or at least, it is here in Chico, California. We have a big college in the center of the city, and still a bit of a reputation as a “party town,” so this week has been a little bit… hectic.
Spring is still just a little ways away – officially, the Spring Equinox is next Monday (March 20), but we do our Spring Break this week because it happens to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day, just like a lot of other colleges do. Still, even if spring hasn’t quite made it here yet, the weather is finally turning fairer, the temperatures are starting to return to livable levels, and it’s about time to start looking at what we want to spend our spring doing.
In the meantime, if you’re like me and you don’t like to party, you’re probably sitting at home during Spring Break, but you don’t have to! Here’s my list of things to do, if you’re at home for break and wish you weren’t.
Take A Hike Away from It All!
I love the outdoors, I love camping, and I love having time to do it with my family. If you’re like me and have a family to go out with, though, definitely stay away from it on Spring Break. I get the appeal: it’s an opportunity to take some time off with the whole family, and go relax for a few days in the wild. That said, Spring Breakers are a rowdy bunch. When I was a kid, I spent more than a couple of Spring Breaks out camping with my folks, and, well… when you look immature by a 12-year-old’s standards, it’s maybe best to avoid that experience.
But that doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors! The wild is still a quiet, wonderful place to get out and explore with your family, even for just a day trip! So if you want to spend some time outdoors with your family this year, pack some of our backpacks, and take an easy hike to the hills!
Here in Chico, we’ve got lots of great places to go hiking, with the Sierra Nevadas an hour away on one side, and the Coastal Ranges another two on the other. Pick someplace that’s easy to get in and out of, and have some fun! Just remember… you don’t just have into hike in, you have to hike out, too.
Plan a Picnic On A Clear Day!
If you live in a cold climate, this might not be for you, but if you’re someplace more temperate, consider it!
Just because you want to get outside, doesn’t mean you have to commit to a full hike. Everyone spends their outdoor days differently, and if you’re just looking for a way to relax without having to spend an hour or two packing up and driving off, I recommend a nice picnic with your friends and family to enjoy the day. If you're worried about wet grass, we've got you covered. Literally! Thicker than a blanket and easier to carry, our little picnic mat is definitely an essential.
So, how about you go spend a simple hour relaxing on the grass, feeling a breeze or reading a book, and enjoying your lunch. Personally, I recommend egg salad sandwiches with some fresh potato chips.
But I might just be hungry.
Spend Some Time Fishing!
Unless your local fishing spot is still frozen over (in which case, jeez, sorry it’s so cold), Spring Break is the perfect time to take the kids out to the water, no matter the temperature! Fishing is good for the soul, as they say – a nice, relaxing way to spend a nice, relaxing day.
Most people don’t associate Spring Break with fishing, either, so you’re nearly guaranteed to have some quiet, private time to yourself!
Just make sure to grab a protective mesh hat before you head out onto the water – spring time means all the bugs are unfreezing. No mosquitoes for me on my next trip, thanks!