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by Kaitlyn McBride

10 BEST WAYS TO ENJOY SPRING

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GO ON A PICNIC

Our state has an abundance of parks and lakes, the many with tables in shaded spots with views of a pond or lake. Packing a basket of homemade sandwiches, side dishes and snacks can be a quieter alternative to date night at a crowded restaurant.

GO TO A CAR SHOW

I am an avid car enthusiast, so when the weather warms up my friends and I all start getting excited. Once spring arrives car-event invitations are distributed almost every day, and from late March to around November a thriving show scene exists. Whether you are a fan of the classics or imports, there’s typically a meet at least once a week here in the Triad.

REVAMP THE GARDEN

Home-improvement stores, greenhouses and the like all begin to display plants and flowers when the season changes. An assorted collection of shrubs, trees and pretty blooms await your eye, and lure you in with vivid colors and sweet scents. Gardening can be a fun hobby, and it also improves the appearance of your home while helping the environment.

GET YOUR TAN ON

Rule No. 1 of summer states the best accessory is a glowing tan. The optimal time to begin the process is around April, when the weather starts to warm up and you can acquire a base tan before summer officially hits. While you’re wasting your weekends away lounging by the water, you’re less likely to burn and cause damage to your skin.

TAKE FIDO TO THE PARK

There are plenty of dog parks in the area where you can let your pet roam free with other dogs, and possibly make a new friend yourself. Public parks are also a fun alternative, seeing as some have a body of water your pooch can swim in and scenic trails to walk, making sure your dog isn’t the only one enjoying the weather.

GO FLY A KITE

Spring is the perfect opportunity to take this advice literally. More often than not there’s a good breeze blowing, and on a warm sunny day flying a kite is a fun way to enjoy the weather. Some people prefer large, extravagant flyers, but I usually hit the dollar store and find a kite I can assemble in a matter of minutes.

TAKE A DAY TRIP

You can always opt to take a Saturday and drive up to the mountains, or maybe to the beach. Having a day away from your normal routine can offer more serenity than you’d think, without the cost of an actual vacation.

GO KAYAKING

Kayaking is one of those things you might hear about, but maybe never think to do. A kayak is like a canoe, but for one or two. There are a lot of places you can rent one and take it out for a few hours, but I prefer long river courses in the mountains. Not only do you get to experience the scenery, but you get a nice upper body and cardio workout too.

GO FISHING

Whether to eat what they catch or just get out on the water, fishing is a great pastime and something a lot of people do. I personally enjoy just sitting out on a bank with a fishing pole, watching the water and enjoying the peace. Most of the time you can bring some old bread, to feed resident ducks and geese.

RUN A MARATHON

Once the weather warms up a lot of marathons are put together. Some are for charities, some are to advertise and some are just for exercise junkies. No matter what your reasoning is, lace up those tennies and hit the ground running (pun intended). Staying in shape is always a good motive, but helping others while you do it is even better.

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