MAKING THE MOST OF BOISE’S SUMMER WEATHER
If We’re Still Social Distancing
As Idaho starts to open back up, it might still be hard to enjoy your favorite haunts and pastimes like you did before the quarantine. And until someone develops a vaccine, it’s very likely that social distancing will be the new norm for the foreseeable future. That being said, if you want to get out of your home and enjoy some of the summer fun Boise has to offer, here are a few things you can do safely.
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Visit a local park.
While much of the city might still be finding its footing, Boise’s local parks have been a bastion of normalcy and remain open to the public, so long as everyone abides by social distancing orders. You could try your hand at disc golf at Ann Morrison Park’s 18-hole course, have a picnic on the grass, or just relax next to the Boise River with a good book.
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Get out on the trails.
If the mercurial spring weather has prevented you from getting out as much as you would have liked these past few months, you might be feeling a bit of cabin fever about now. Luckily, you can still introduce positive changes to your life that help you feel healthier and younger. Here are two ways to awaken your body and mind.
For some real social distancing, sometimes the only option is to get out of town completely. Luckily, as most Boise residents know, hundreds of trails cover the foothills and mountains that surround the city, and all of them are open to the public. If you’re looking for trails that feel isolated but are within an hour of your home, drive north up 8th Street into the Hulls Gulch/Camel’s Back Reserve or east of downtown to the Military Reserve. If you want to see some evergreens up close, you can’t go wrong with Shafer Butte near Bogus Basin. Just make sure to give other hikers a wide berth on the trails.
Adopt a new activity.
As you get older, it’s not uncommon to drift further from the lifestyle you had in your 20s and 30s. Things have settled down, and you know a bit more about who you are, what you enjoy, and what you’re capable of. With this better understanding, you can make choices more aligned with your true interests and personality. Think about getting involved with a new activity you may have always wanted to try but never had the chance, like yoga or even a video game. Trying out new things keeps your brain active. You may even discover a new favorite activity along the way!
Make your own outdoor movie theater.
If you’re hesitant to venture far from home, you can still enjoy the blissful Boise summer evenings with your own private outdoor theater. Find a white bedsheet, buy a projector (or order one online), and cozy up with some blankets and delicious movie snacks on your lawn.
While it might not be the summer we’re used to, the weather is still nice, and we can make the most of our time out in the sun!
Pay attention to mental health.
Although more years provide more experience and knowledge, sometimes they also come with heavy baggage. The loss of a loved one, trauma, and other struggles can impact your life in later years. This is why it’s good to practice mindfulness. Take some time to focus on the present. Go for a walk and listen to the world around you, feel the fresh air against your skin, fill your lungs, and take in everything you can see. Meditation is also a good way to spend a few minutes to focus on your body in the moment and the things in life that make you happy. Practices like these can help you feel lighter, both physically and emotionally.
Growing older doesn’t mean you can’t feel renewed and positive. This isn’t just an impossible idea — it’s a reality.
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