Well, Hello There Summer!

I’d like to welcome my Arkansas intern, Danielle, to the blog today!  She has some great tips to keep you busy and active with your friends this summer…check them out!

(Photo courtesy of Danielle- Taken at Devil’s Den State Park in Arkansas)

It’s finally summer! The long awaited day when you are done with high school is finally here, but what to do with yourselves now? How to make this last summer with your friends at home count before leaving for college? Luckily, there are tons of fun outdoor activities that you can do to get your exercise in, get your tan on and enjoy time with your friends.

1. Go to the lake.

This is a great way for you to enjoy your own personal version of the beach if you, like me, do not live remotely close to the ocean. Plus, you can do so many different activities at the lake that you are sure to never get bored. You can go boating, if you or a friend has a boat. If you don’t, you can rent a kayak or a canoe and take to the water, getting a great workout in along the way. You can start a beach volleyball game. Go walking, biking or hiking on the trails around the lake. You see where this is going…so.many.activities!

2. Go to a baseball game.

Whether you live near a minor league, a major league, or an intramural league, going to a baseball game can be tons of fun! If you’re lucky, you can even plan your night at the game just right so you can hit up dollar hotdog night, in which case, go ahead and have a few because there is nothing like a hotdog at a ballpark!

3. Go to a snow cone stand.

While this is not necessarily an activity where you are getting a lot of exercise or exploring the outdoors, it is delicious! There is nothing like a sweet (and a little sour) snow cone on a hot summer day.  Traveling to Oahu this summer?!  Hit up Michelle’s favorite spot Matsumoto Shaved Ice on Oahu.  They make snow cones the way they should be made, with ice cream at the bottom!  People from around the world seek out this shaved ice stand while in Oahu!  Expect the line to be going out the door and around the corner.

4. Go floating.

Take a day trip with some of your friends to a river, rent a raft, and just enjoy each others company (and the incredible scenery) while floating down a river! Plus, there’s no doubt you’ll get super tan after spending a day on the river.

5. Go hiking.

(Photo courtesy of Danielle- Taken at Stairway to Heaven in Oahu)

Most state parks have incredible areas for hiking. This is a great way to spend a day with friends, so put on your hiking shoes, pack a lunch, grab that camera and head to your nearest state park for a day of great hiking!
The summertime is a great time to get outdoors (now that the weather is finally bearable!) and get active. This will be a summer to remember. A lot of changes are coming just around the bend, so take the time to get out there and spend some good, quality time with your closest friends!  -Danielle, Arkansas Intern

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