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Retreat to Nature for a Quick Mental Kick

Spend Quality Time with Loved Ones in Nature


Cool evenings, hillsides bursting with color, re-discovering your favorite pair of worn jeans…it just doesn't get much better than fall. One of the best things about this time of year is that it's a perfect opportunity to get outside and spend some quality time in nature. If you get the time, or can make the time, plan a long weekend camping trip and get outside before the falling leaves turn to falling snow.

Camping and hiking are ideal this time of year because heat and humidity are gone and many areas have had a first frost to eliminate the gnats and mosquitoes. If you're up for a little adventure try finding a large state or national park where you can hike, spend a couple of days away from civilization and have some quiet time of reflection. (To find a camping area near you, check out the National Park Service or Outdoor Places websites.)

Whether you're a "car camper," a backcountry camper, or not normally a camper at all, a few days in the woods can do wonders for your stress levels, your blood pressure and overall frame of mind. And it's a fast and effective way to get re-charged and re-focused for work, or to prepare you for the holiday mayhem that's just around the corner. Continued ›

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  • We live in a place where there are lots of greenways and state parks with great kicking trails. There is also a great national park four hours away with hiking. We love to get out and walk or hike. We enjoy the scenery and the animals, and we do it all seasons. I had surgery last year and my surgeon said that outdoor exercise is a must! - 8/28/2013 10:11:20 AM
  • Great trail in Nevada City, California. Herschmann Pond trail off Cement Hill Rd, across from the large rock near the corner of Hwy. 49 - 3/2/2012 11:04:11 PM
  • Now I know part of why I miss my Dad so much it was ussally with him I spent most of my time in the outdoors. - 7/6/2011 9:54:05 PM
  • I just happened to find a new park the other day and took a walk on a trail. It was such a refreshing break after so long a time, and it rekindled all the calming, curiuos, and joyful thoughts I had from more carefree times past. You might say I renewed my friendships with the trees, flowers, and critters! - 6/27/2011 12:14:10 AM
  • I felt very eager to just DO it when I read this. I often crave time far away from houses. But, I'm married to a spouse who doesn't care for the out-of-doors, and it doesn't seem prudent to do these things alone in one's seventies. Younger friends are too busy with jobs and family, older friends would think I've gone batty .... Hmmmmm. I think I'm talking myself into a carefully planned mini-adventure .... - 3/19/2011 9:54:34 PM
  • Wow the article and comments make me want to get out and go!! I live in upstate N.Y. and I just love going to all the parks and walking my dog. - 3/14/2011 9:03:11 AM
  • Even a day out in nature is wonderful. I can't camp out, but just a get-away on a walk with my dog, binoculars & a field guide does wonders any time of year. Lovely article! - 12/6/2010 6:05:10 AM
  • That sounds wonderful. Wish I could make time for a fall campout, but between work and school I may have to settle for a weekend walk in the park! - 9/24/2010 2:01:00 PM
    My S.O. and I went car camping several times this year. It was so nice being surrounded by Douglas firs within sight of a lake. The campground allowed us to lazy float in our inner tubes by day and sit by the fire under the stars and really enjoy each others company at night. It is now too cold to float on the lake but we can still enjoy ourselves with a good hike and a few nights in a yurt or cabin. I love fall! - 9/24/2010 12:59:59 PM
    We love to spend time outdoors, but find it hard to camp out because of husband's illness. We love to camp in motels and enjoy day trips through parks. I hike and he people watches ! - 7/20/2010 11:32:02 PM
  • we are outdoors people. love hiking our trail through the county! We see all kinds of wildlife and nature that we have gone 5 miles before we realize! - 6/16/2010 9:21:35 PM
  • I totally 2nd. this article. Just getting out for my walk, or a hike, does something major to my spirit... perhaps this is GOD ordailned!!! He knows we live stressful lives, and He has something FOR us just waiting to be enjoyed. - 5/4/2010 12:51:37 PM
  • I live in southern New Mexico, on the edge of a national forest and an hour from desert trails. In the summer I go more to the forest and when the weather is colder towards the desert trails. Hiking is my favorite activity, and where I find the peace and strength that helps me through the day to day challenges. Outdoors is where I find my sanity.
    - 11/25/2009 7:44:03 PM
  • Love it! I find the seashore or the mountains to be the best place to re-juveniate my soul.

    But today, as my daily blog pointed out, I got together wtih 2 old friends who happened to come to town. What a joy and burst to my emotional well-being! - 10/16/2009 5:57:14 PM
    I live in PA where I would rather hike and have a good work out than lay in the sun baking and passing the time. Besides a walk does the body and the mind good! - 7/10/2009 9:15:04 PM

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