Summer is here and it’s time to play outside!
Spending some time outside each day is one of the foundations of good health. Lucky for us, we live in one of the country's best natural playgrounds! With endless opportunities for hikes, swimming, beaches, picnics and camping there's no excuse not to spend copious amounts of time digging your feet into the Earth and soaking up some sun - just don't forget your sunscreen!
1. Take a hike!
A little bit of walking goes a long way for your health. Take some time to listen to the birds, feel the fresh air on your face and connect with nature. You may even want to try "Earthing", walking with bare feet, which can help "ground" your body and your health. For your viewing pleasure, here is a list of the top 5 Northwest hikes every Portlander has to do. Don't forget to stay hydrated! Here's an infographic for the most optimal times of the day to drink water.
2. Do some yoga...outside!
Get your exercise in while imbibing with some NW nectar at this fun excursion. Annie Shull, owner of Raptor Ridge winery, will be leading meditation and hosting yoga classes amidst the pinot noir vines in the Chehalem Mountains just outside of Portland. All levels are welcome, and the classes—taught by instructors from Yoga IN—will include both vinyasa flows and restorative experiences. After each class, guests will enjoy a private tasting of Raptor Ridge's wine portfolio paired with small bites prepared by Nourishment Food and Yoga. More information here.
3. Sleep in a tree!
The Pacific Tree Climbing Institute is hosting a few seasonal expeditions near Eugene, including either a full day or half day of tree climbing followed by an evening in the canopy of a grand old-growth Douglas fir tree. High above the forest floor in a rain forest canopy, a canvas “Treeboat” waits for you to rest, relax, stretch, and take in the majesty of the canopy in peace—complete with a 2” thick air mattress, organic lunch, dinner, and breakfast surrounded by twittering birds as the forest awakes around you. No previous climbing experience necessary! Interested? Check out the details here.
4. Smell the ocean!
We are so lucky to be only a mere hour and a half away from the nearest beach, it's important to take advantage of it! Here's a list of some of our favorite secret beaches. There's nothing quite like a campfire on the beach, the smell of the ocean in your nose and the feel of the sand between your toes. Take me away!
5. Get your swim on!
Get in touch with your inner water-baby and take a dip in a lake or river. Not only is water cleansing and rejuvenative, but it's also one of the best ways to get a full body workout and have a great time doing it! Living in Portland means that you are really only about 25-45 minutes away from a handful of swimming holes a river floating opportunities. Our favorites are leisurely floating down the Clackamas river from McIver point (about a four hour float and a whole bunch of fun) and zipping through the natural water slide at the Camas Potholes. Here's a list of a few more awesome swimming spots.
We would love to see pictures of your adventures this summer, we'll be posting ours on Facebook 🙂 Use #redleafsummer if there are any you'd like to share with us!
Have fun, be safe and don't forget to slather on the (natural and organic!!) sunscreen!