Summer breeze makes you want to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Long and lazy days are just around the corner. Summer is the perfect time to experience something you’ve never done before.
The inextinguishable blaze of possibilities is in the air, in the same intensity as that of the heat that you probably feel on your skin by now. The travel bug will eventually bite you. And before you know it, your bags are packed, and you’re ready to go and conquer the world beyond.
You can focus all your energies in doing whatever you want, going wherever you want, and absolutely no one can tell you not to. You can live a little or die a little in every breathtaking moment you’re going to get yourself into.
There are ways to make sure you won’t let this summer slide to oblivion. Make every day count by getting to know the people that come your way—see all the places, do all the things you can think of, and take some time to appreciate just how lucky you are to live such a fun-filled life.
To start off on the right foot, take a look at some of these summer activities that you should try this year.
Start a Hobby
Summer is the perfect time to start a new hobby. If you want to get in shape and shed off the extra weight you may have put on during springtime, start getting into biking. It can get you in shape quicker and let you have that summer body you’re gunning for faster.
Considering there are so many bike-friendly cities right now, getting into biking is easy. You can rent bikes anywhere, so accessibility is not going to be that hard.
The thing to look out for is heat. When the humidity is high, you need to hydrate as much as possible. Since you’ll be riding mostly on hot days, you can freeze a few water bottles overnight. Best to fill it up to around 70 to 80 percent to give you some space to add in more water later on.
In the morning or by the time you’re ready to go out and ride, fill the water bottles to the brim with the remaining space left, and slide them in the bottle rack of your bike. They will stay chilled for the most part of the day as the ice inside will melt longer. One of the best feelings while riding is drinking cold water under the heat straight up. You’ll stay hydrated and rejuvenated all at once.
Before going out, check your bike’s tires and brakes, and see if they’re in good condition. If your ride comes with a bike power meter, make sure you know your way around its interface so you can monitor your speed and pedal power as you move along. Get help from the friendly attendants where you rented your bike from.
Go on a Wildlife Adventure
Braving the wild this summer? Why not. Explore the glorious nature around you. Get closer to Mother Earth this summer by visiting the beautiful terrains and campsites near you.
Sign up for organized day trips or weeklong bike excursions out in the wild. Most wildlife packages will include forest and marine adventures, trips to local parks, woodlands, and new habitats. Organizers will teach you the basics of surviving in the outdoors and show you different ways to conserve and protect them.
Trips to the Beach
Summer is not complete without getting your fill of sandy hair and salty water on your skin. If you’re up for it, you can try something new this time by exploring bike trails in popular beach towns.
If you’re somewhere near California, then you’re in luck. Los Angeles is blessed with some of the most scenic bike paths of all time.
Marvin Braude Bike Trail, or the Strand, as locals would call it, embodies the Californian independent spirit and headspace—palm trees and ocean vibes in golden sunset hues.
The trail starts from Will Rogers State Beach then snakes through the coast of Temescal Gateway Park, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach and ends in Torrance. You’ll be taking in picturesque sceneries and wildlife dwellings that you won’t be able to see and experience anywhere else.
Adventure seekers also love to take the LA River trail—stretching from Vernon to Long Beach Section. You need to watch out for the long mile gap between Glendale Narrows and Vernon. Biking that part of the trail is not for the faint-hearted.
There will be a few soft-bottomed river sections along the way but also a whole lot of greens in most areas. The trail end will get your blood pumping as you’ll be riding on narrow and concrete stretches. So raise your hands up, and kick full speed ahead.