I don’t know about you, but I’m the type of person that could hole up in my house and binge watch multiple series on Netflix for days on end. I have a very introverted personality, so having time to myself and away from human interaction is essential. However, I know that this is not the healthiest behavior. Therefore, I will introduce you to my top three hobbies that get me outside.
1. Herping: I know what you’re thinking … get your mind out of the gutter! Herping is an activity where you actively try to find reptiles and amphibians (think herpetology). This is one of my favorite things to do. I am the type of person who absolutely loves snakes. I think they are absolutely incredible! Most of the time, herping is done while cruising down roads (both dirt and pavement), but it can also be done while hiking. If you are an adventurous person, it is a great way to introduce yourself to and learn more about the native wildlife of your state or country. Because I love photographing the critters that I find, herping also allows me to practice and improve my photography skills. By dedicating a little bit of your time, you would be amazed by the animals you are able to find.
2. Geocaching: Have you ever wanted to feel like a pirate hunting buried treasure? This is as close as you can get! Geocaching is an activity in which you follow GPS coordinated to a location where a cache box has been hidden. The goal is to find it and sign your name in the log book. Cache boxes can be anything from one centimeter to a large tackle box, and in some cases, bigger. Some caches have “swag,” in them, which is little nick-knacks like rings, cards, coins, etc., and you are allowed to take an item as long as you replace it with another. This is a great activity for the entire family! I have led geocaching summer camps with children as young as 4, and they all have so much fun. You would be surprised by how many geocaches are around you right now! There is one park in Florida that has well over 100 geocaches in it! For more information, visit https://www.geocaching.com/play.
3. Tennis: Really, any outdoor sport (or indoor) is an amazing thing to keep up with. For me, my athletic ability is only present in tennis. I started playing my freshman year of high school and fell in love with it immediately. It’s not necessarily an easy sport, but it is one that people of all ages can learn and play. It is a contact-free sport, but being able to hit the ball as hard as possible is sure to allow you to get your anger out. Plus, it is amazing exercise! Just make sure to bring lots of water with any outdoor sport!
Those are my top three favorite hobbies that get me outside. What are some of yours?