5 fun things to do outdoors by yourself

Time to reflect, the opportunity to recharge, strengthening a sense of independence and empowerment – these are some of the benefits of being outdoors in solitude. If you’re looking for a few examples that you can do yourself outdoors to take advantage of these benefits, use this list as a resource.

1. Learn how to fly fish.

Fly fishing can be one of the most meditative things to do on your own outside. If you don’t know how to fly fish, there are tons of videos online to walk you through the steps of a simple cast (pick up and drop). Practicing your occupation is something you can do alone in the open field or in an empty yard.

2. Kayak on a waterway near your home.

If you are still learning to kayak, it is a good idea to watch an online video or read instructional content that covers beginner kayaking with helpful kayak fishing tips and safety guidelines. Make sure you have an appropriate PFD for kayaking, bring a noise-making device (such as a whistle), and submit a float plan to someone you know.

3. Start a garden.

If you live in an urban area and don’t have a large yard, you can still create container gardens on your patio or balcony. Spring is the perfect time to plant and grow a variety of flowers, vegetables, or herbs. Some examples of vegetables that you can either sow directly in the ground or in containers are peas, beans, radishes, carrots, and lettuce.

4. Go on an outdoor photography adventure.

Take out the camera and experiment with different settings to get the best shots of the natural world around you. Find out about the best techniques and equipment for animal photography, then go outside to put what you’ve learned into practice.

5. Take a telescope to a nearby location where you can observe stars.

If you’ve always wanted to become an amateur astronomer, next on your list of fun things to do outdoors is a stargazing mission. Use an online light pollution map to find the best spots for dark skies for optimal stargazing opportunities.

During these times, and as you are considering this list of things to do outdoors by yourself, confirm beforehand whether your state has a shelter-in-place or stay-at-home order. This could mean that access to water, beaches or parks may be restricted or prohibited. When planning your next outdoor adventure, please confirm in advance that your favorite fishing and boating spots are still open to the public.

Always consider your health and well-being and those of others before visiting any place for outdoor activities.


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