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Category: Outdoors

Smores

Happy S’Mores Day!

Graham crackers, melted chocolate, and sticky toasted marshmallows, all in one little sandwich—if that doesn’t get you licking your chops, what does? S’mores are one of the most popular North American desserts and practically the quintessential campfire treat. Never tried them? Then S’mores Day is the day for you! Click the heading to read more…

Carousel in winter

Going Around in Circles

Theme parks. Carnivals. Disneyland. The options are endless when it comes to riding famous carousels. And one doesn’t necessarily have to be a youngster to enjoy them either. Young-at-heart is a perfectly valid age as well. When’s the last time you rode a fantasy horse or animal around in circles just because?

Did you know that carousels have been around for longer than most of us even realize? One of the first conceptual design for a carousel was in 500 A.D. in the Byzantine Empire, which depicts baskets, carrying riders, suspended from a central pole. Then, In the 1840s, Franz Wiesenoffer created the first merry-go-round in the United States in Hessville, Ohio.

The National Carousel Association, operating since 1973, aims to keep carousels running and preserve their history in the United States. Since then, the NCA tracks the history of carousels all around the United States in its census. According to the NCA census, there are hundreds of registered carousels in the United States alone.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of your local carousel, find out by contacting your local directors and asking them about it. Take your kids to the local fair, or if you don’t have kids, ride one yourself. Go out there and have fun!

Photo by Serge Kutuzov on Unsplash

Camping in the mountains

One With Nature

So, first questions first… is camping your thing? Pitching up your tent, cooking meals on makeshift grills, and enjoying hearing the unfiltered sounds of nature. While it might not be something for everyone, it is something that everyone should try at some point in their lives. While it might be a little rough at times, you simply can’t be what you get out of it. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Hearing the sounds of nature all around you. Birds chirping in the morning hours.

One thing is for sure though, we all need to find a place (and time) to just away from it all. Whether that’s camping some weekend or just finding a place to ignore everything for a while.

Now, if camping is your thing, feel free to share with us your favorite camping spots! Add your comments here or tag us on social media.

Photo by Christopher Jolly on Unsplash

Getting Outside More

Many of us make resolutions at the beginning of the year. Many times, we make them with the best intentions. Sometimes we follow through with some of them, and sometimes we don’t. Other times we generate this entirely too long of a list and end up only crossing off one or two items.

But, then spring rolls around. The weather starts to turn nice, well nicer in most cases. We start to feel inspired to glance back at this list of resolutions that we penned a few months back. Are these resolutions worth attempting again? Or should we just move onward and upward?

I know that many times… far too many times, my yearly resolution involves going to the gym more or at least getting outside more often. That being said, I think it’s time we all get outside more often. So how about it?

A simple walk through a local park? A stroll along the shore or about the lake? Feeling a bit more adventurous? Maybe some hiking or cycling? One thing is for sure, as the weather gets warmer, it’s time to get outside and enjoy everything that Mother Nature is showing off for us. From blooming flowers to blossoming trees, it’s a colorful landscape out there, and we need to enjoy it!

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