“I’m taking a walk, I’m going outside, I’m taking a walk”
Each week I keep hoping I’ll have something to discuss with you that isn’t COVID-related. I’m sorry to say this ain’t the week and next isn’t looking real good either.
But, I keep trying to find the silver-lining in things. I think it’s vitally important to keep our heads up in this odd and trying time.
This week we are focusing on the great outdoors. Which is great, considering it’s about the only thing left for us to do!
So, what can we do to get outside, get some fresh air, and enjoy the (hopefully) warmer temperatures to break up the quaran-boredom?
We are lucky enough to live in an area with lot of great outdoor opportunities. And they are spread out enough to keep us all within social distancing guidelines.
If you are outdoorsy the way Ken Hunter and Jon Pries are outdoorsy, then you have probably already stopped by your favorite fishing spot and taken advantage of the spring trout season. Or, maybe you are out walking your hunting spots to see if the turkeys are gobbling. These are both great ways to get out of the house and enjoy some outside time.
If, like me, you aren’t a hunter or fisher, not particularly outdoorsy, it takes a little more thought to find some ways to get outside.
Obviously, the Riverwalk/bike paths are a great choice. While you may find a good number of people on the Riverwalk, don’t forget how far those paths extend. From beyond Montoursville, to beyond the Heshbon area, you can certainly find a nice path to walk or — if you are weird — run, without running into a lot of people. These are great areas to take the kids and dogs for some fresh air and expend that no-more-gym-class-or-recess excess energy.
If you are feeling more adventurous or looking for a more challenging walk, there are a lot of great trails in the area too.
I’m not much for hiking, but even I would love to get out and explore Jacoby Falls, which I’ve heard is pretty amazing no matter what time of year.
There are lots of other great options around including Smith’s Knob Trail in Tiadaghton State Forest, Loyalsock and Little Painter Loop also in Tiadaghton, the Bluebird Trail on the Water Authority land, a ton more. You can go to trails.dcnr.pa.gov for a complete list. They will also be able to keep you up to date on any changes to accessibility due to COVID, weather, etc.
If nothing else, get out and walk around your own neighborhood. Ride a bike, walk the dog, just wander around your own backyard! I’ve seen some things on Facebook about people placing teddy bears and Easter eggs in their windows for kids to walk around and find. I know Easter will be passed by the time you read this, but head out and see if you can find a few still hanging around.
It’s still pretty crazy out there right now, and there’s a good chance that we still have quite the road ahead. I’ll keep doing my best to offer up the bright side of things, if y’all keep trying to see them!
As always — stay safe, stay healthy, and stay home if you can!