This beautiful weather always inspires me to get outside more. My husband’s an amateur photographer, so I just take my book and wander along while he photographs wildlife. It’s about the only way I get any fresh air!
Then yesterday, Terri Behling from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) brought in some brochures for SWFWMD’s new Get Outside campaign. The tri-fold brochure (which you can download at www.watermatters.org) showcases 54 different parks owned and operated by the District. It’s a great little cheat sheet of which parks have birding trails, allow dogs, offer fishing opportunities, etc.
Now I have more places to check out! Besides Robinson Preserve, which I have not yet made it to, I plan to work my way through the list and visit all of the parks in our area. They say that a simple way to boost your brain power and improve health is to get fresh air and I know I don’t do enough of that. And interaction with nature reduces depression, promotes, healing, sparks creativity, and even increases life expectancy. Win-win-win opportunity.
Walking through parks in the Florida winter weather is definitely my favorite way to get outside. Do you have a park recommendation for our area? What’s your favorite outdoor activity?