In a world that is becoming increasingly saturated by gizmos and gadgets, many Americans find solace in the simplicity and beauty of nature. There are over 38 million Americans that regularly participate in outdoor activities like camping, hunting, and fishing. Many families are retreating to the great outdoors as the figures continue to rise year-by-year. Whether you’re an experienced survivalist or planning your first outing, there are plenty of experiences to be had in the great outdoors.
Go to Camp and Take a Hike
Whether its in a tent, cabin, or RV, there is nothing quite like getting away from the trouble of the modern world. While vacations are great, so are the expenses; the average vacation costs Americans around $1,415, while a camping trip costs an average of $380 for the same amount of time. Most people choose to camp at a state park with the average trip lasting three or four days; these parks typically offer hiking trails, nature centers, fishing spots, and planned family activities to ensure that there is no shortage of things to do.
Catching Fish on the Fly
Whether you use live bait, lures, or flies, fishing is one of the most relaxing pastimes known to mankind. Although shore fishing can certainly yield results, there is nothing quite like boating. There are over 16,800,000 boats in use across the country with many devoted solely to fishing. Although most people think that fishing is simply a waiting game, they have clearly never gone charter boating; the pure adrenaline of reeling in a 30 pound salmon on Lake Michigan is surely one you won’t forget.
Keeping the Great Outdoors Out
As a former boy scout, the motto “be prepared” has been burned into my brain. While there is plenty of fun to be had outdoors, poor preparation can quickly turn an enjoyable outing into a miserable one. Precautions specifically should be taken to avoid predators like bears. Since bears have a keen sense of smell, those in bear-country should cook at least 100 feet away from their camp site and downwind. Investing in a bear-proof cooler can lock odors in and survive over an hour of continuous contact with even the meanest bears — trust me, they’re tested. Leave the screens behind and start planning your outdoor adventure today, just remember to always be prepared.