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How to Enjoy Labor Day Weekend - A Little Wild

Posted Aug 30 2011 2:00am

Labor Day weekend is coming up fast! Sadly, many people along the eastern coast of US and other countries will be on survival mode due to Hurricane Irene. Hopefully electricity, water and food will be back to normal soon.

But, for millions of others who can plan to enjoy Labor Day Weekend, make sure that you get out your thinking caps and plan ahead so that you don’t miss it! It happens all the time.

I found some great ideas at The Wilderness Society site. Pick and choose, just don’t “not plan” and lose!

Thank you, Laura Bailey for these great ideas! Laura is a Colorado native with a passion for travel and culture.

Get off the beaten path and onto the wild lands that we all cherish and work to protect. Whether you plan to spend Labor Day weekend at home or away, there are so many ways to get out into wilderness and enjoy a last slice of summer. Enjoy!

#1 Leave the Labor Day weekend crowds behind - check out these less populated recreation areas for a lovely slice of tranquility is good for the soul. Nearby recreation areas and National Parks are crawling with visitors on Labor Day weekend, so save the popular places for another day, and focus on finding Labor Day activities in more tranquil spots.

#2 Enjoy a sunset picnic - If you’re staying at home Labor Day weekend, a sunset picnic will allow you a quick outing to the wild. This may be one of the last sunsets you’ll be able to soak up without a sweater!

#3 Uncover American history - Amazing relics of our nation’s past (from dinosaur fossils and ancient petroglyphs to historic battlefields) can be found in national monuments and other public lands throughout the 50 states. Visiting such historic places will give you a feel for another component of why designating land protections, such as national monument status, is so important

#4 See the wild at night - One of the best things about summer is the warm nighttime temperatures with the stars above.

#5 Visit a wildlife refuge - They’re not just for the birds!  National Fish and Wildlife Refuges can be found in all 50 states, and most of them are less than an hour’s drive from a major American city. Bird watching is always great, but wildlife refuges also welcome hiking, picnicking, fishing, hunting and photography. Many allow canoeing or small boats.

#6 Record a child in nature - Your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews are always growing, and so are the ways in which they interpret nature. They will never be 2, 4, 8 or even 12 again, so don’t miss the opportunity to document their unique reactions to being in wilderness. The cute things a five year old says about wildlife will be totally different by this time next year.

#7 Send The Wilderness Society your Labor Day weekend photos! - Make a handmade sign with six words about why you love wilderness.  Bring the sign with you to any of your favorite wild areas and take a photo of yourself with the sign. Send it to:  They’ll use it for a photo montage of the their wilderness community.

#8 Play in the sand dunes - Because nothing beats a giant sandbox.

# 9 Hike a portion of a legendary trail - Because you’ve been itching to hike one of America’s great long distance trails but taking six months off is not an option.

#10 Sleep under the stars - Nightime. Stars. Frogs croaking. Crickets chirping. Need we say more?

#11 Play nature photographer - Photographing nature is a relaxing activity that allows you to be outdoors with out the pressure of a schedule. The only pressure is finding the next great photograph.

#12 Go fishing! - Labor Day weekend can be a tricky time for fishing because of the crowds. Increased boat traffic sometimes makes for shy fish, but this is still one of your last opportunities to get out while the weather is still great.

Do these with family and friends and everyone gets good out of it!

So, whatever you do this Labor Day weekend have fun and don’t forget to respect the wild by minimizing your footprint. Stick to designated trails, pack out your trash and keep your animals on a leash.

The Wilderness Society site is a great place to visit too! Click on the link and see the full write ups.

Find out about Laura here. 

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