With summer just around the corner, it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy views curated by nature and less by Netflix (even though we really really love Netflix). Once the weather gets warm, it’s high time to start planning weekend getaways and nature stay-cations (which is a vacation where you stay around your place if you can’t travel). Since JunoActive headquarters are just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, we are more than ready to say goodbye to winter and welcome warm weather with open arms. Here are the outside activities we’re more than excited for this summer.
1. Road Trip
The road trip is a time honored American tradition. There’s nothing quite like packing up a few days clothes away in a small bag, snacks to keep the trip rolling smoothly and a few of your best friends or family. There are so many scenic stops and chances to hike along highways that make for the perfect unexpected summer mini-trip. Check with your state government’s website to scope out all of the can’t-miss scenic highway stops in your state–there are usually some great hidden hiking spots. They may be a bit off the beaten path, but reconnecting with nature on the open road is what summer is all about.
2. Going to the Beach
Although we are nowhere near an ocean, we come from the land of 10,000 lakes and love taking advantage of them. As Prince said in the classic 80s movie Purple Rain, “You have to purify yourself in Lake Minnetonka.” Even if you don’t live in Minnesota, there’s just something special about swimming in a lake, no matter where you are. Sure, you can’t see to the bottom of lake and there may be fish swimming past your legs. But is it really summer if you don’t scream “What was that!?” while standing in the open water? Being startled by fish is probably great cardio, anyways.
Beach Day Outfit: AquaSport Crossback Plus Size Aquatard
3. The State Fair
There’s nothing quite like the Minnesota State Fair. Everyone probably feels that way about their own state fair–and that’s what’s so great about them. Each year you get to explore the huge fairgrounds once again, seeing all the animals, going on rides, trying out new foods, and dancing your heart out at the bandstand. It’s a great place to connect not only with your friends and family, but with people that live in all parts of your state, and even the country.
5. Summertime Dog Walking
Yes you have to walk your dog all year long, but who doesn’t cut walks a little shorter during the winter? Walking with your adorable pup in the summer is just better. First there’s sunshine, warm breezes, fresh air and catching up with your neighbors. But best of all is the happiness you see on your dog’s face, whenever (s)he looks up at you that says, “you’re the best ever for taking me on this walk!”