Many of my favorite hobbies and activities take place outdoors.
My parents took my siblings and I on short hiking trips every weekend at a nature preserve a mile from our house.
We used to stop and pick wild flowers for my mom, while my dad would show us various animal footprints on the ground. By the time I was a teenager, we started going on family kayaking trips. Regardless of two of my siblings leaving for college, we still found time to go outdoors as a family whenever they were home visiting. Because of my parents, I absolutely love outdoor activities. I enjoy rollerblading in the parks near my house that have paved trails for bikers and skaters. One of my other favorite pastimes is camping. When I left for college, I moved to a state further north that has a lot of dense state forests. I bought a camping backpack, a tent, a cold weather sleeping bag, and a horde of camping supplies and equipment. More often than not, I would do more of my camping in the summer months while there wasn’t snow and ice on the ground. But likewise, it’s fairly miserable if you’re sweating and fighting off mosquitoes and horse flies the entire time. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll never quit camping, but it surely makes me realize how much I take indoor air conditioning for granted. It’s easy to get used to having full control over your indoor climate just from the touch of a button. When you’re out in the woods, you’re stuck with whatever weather nature throws at you. As long as it makes me more appreciative of having first world comforts like indoor AC, it’s a good experience to have.