Spring is upon us. There is a certain smell is the air and an energy from the sun that puts a hop in our step. Many people call this excitement about the better weather and anticipation of summer activities Spring Fever. If you are like me, with a giant case of Spring Fever, you are ready to get back out full force into the outdoors. I decided to compile a list of activities to help cure your Spring Fever.
There are few activities as relaxing and serene as fishing. Talking a nice hike through the budding woodlands in order to get back to your favorite fishing spot really helps clear the lungs from the stagnant air of winter. Once back in your favorite spot, a morning of catching fish, then starting a fire, and cooking your catch is a great way to sharpen your outdoor skills that may have dulled over the winter.
If your area of the world requires a fishing license, be sure to get one before you step out.
Clean and Prepare your Outdoor Gear
In my basement I have an area that is delegated to all my outdoor gear. Knives, Water Purifier, Sleeping Bags, Sleeping Mats, Tents, Cookware, Stoves, and the list could go on. Typically they don’t get much use in the winter. However, as spring rolls around, it is serves as a great opportunity to air everything out and check all my gear. I sharpen all my knives again, check my Camelbacks for leaks, and just do a general inventory and clean out of everything and fix what needs fixed.
Of course, if you store your gear right there is very little preparation, however it is still a great activity that is great to do in order to prepare for the trips to come.
Gather Fallen Wood at Your Favorite Camping/Outdoor Area
This might sound silly, but this is a great time to gather fallen wood from the ice, snow, and wind of winter. All the limbs, and trees that fell during the winter time are now visible during the brief window that exists after the snow has thawed and before the undergrowth buds out and hides everything underneath it. During this time collect that fallen wood and pile it up for your fires. This is a simple way to ensure more fun during Spring. Even though spring can be a time of great sunshine and fun, those breaks from dreary winter are often short lived. Having everything ready for some fun makes it easier to enjoy as much of the good parts of Spring as possible.