Ahh Spring — a time when old man winter slowly retreats back to the southern hemisphere, giving life to all sorts of animals, including us. Here are 10 things to look forward to this Spring.
Running in a t‑shirt
Yes, you can run all winter long and many people do. There is still something special about blasting over your favorite trail clad in just a light t‑shirt for the first time in the spring, wind flowing over your arms bare to the world. Related bonus: Shirts vs. Skins.
Biking in shorts
Similar to running in a t‑shirt, biking in biking shorts versus tights, pants, Windstopper, Gore-Tex, fleecy apparel really does not contest. Of course, you can ride in the cold teeth of a snowy winter night, but the warm embrace of a Spring breeze is just so darn pleasant.
Feeling Twitterpated? You’re not alone. Head to a local wildlife refuge or wilderness area to see birds that only pass through a couple times a year. This is also a great time to enjoy the antics and songs of man birds as they do their best to impress their lady counterparts.
A sure sign of spring in Minneapolis, more reliable than the appearance of the reliable Robin, is the deluge of students onto the University of Minnesota mall. In cold climates across the world, a similar phenomenon will take place; people will shed their winter coats and emerge, bewildered, into the first warm and sunny day to loll on the grass and play Frisbee. Enjoy!
Summer Beers (and beer gardens)
Beer gardens and summer beers highlight the changing seasons with fresh, usually lighter flavors to be savored outdoors. Check out the unique Vernal Menthe from Ska Brewing, which will be released later this month.
Among the first vegetables that do well in any garden, green such as arugula, spinach, lettuce, and kale thrive in the cool weather before summer’s baking heat. Get out and plant early, even before the end of hard frosts, to take advantage of the best growing season for delicious, homegrown leaf vegetables.
In Denver, this means Red Rocks and gorgeous mountain venues. In other towns across the city, parks and outdoor theaters will spring to life after a winter of hibernation. Get online and research your town’s free concert series now. It’s likely about to begin.
It doesn’t matter where you live, something will be blooming. Some famous flowers include the cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. or (later) springtime colors of the Rocky Mountains or scent of lilacs floating across the heartland. This is the time of year to relish the simple beauty of natural flowers doing their thing.
Kites have come a long way in a short time. From trick kites that zip and dart with the pull of a string to kitesurfing setups that will lift an adult high into the air, the array is really mind-boggling. Pick a setup for beginners and get kiting!
Among the simplest cooking implements, the grill is also one of America’s most beloved for its simplicity. Fire. Cook. Eat. The grill is not only a favorite in the backyard but a wonderful symbol of the campground, where cooking over an open flame has been elevated by some to a fine art. So get out there and enjoy, the fire bans of summer are likely just around the corner.