At least once a week I make sure I bring Mason to one of the local parks we have, there are so many options it’s a little ridiculous. The beautiful George Washington National Park and the Shenandoah National Park are both just a short drive from our house not to mention the multiple parks that are operated by our city.
Our favorite thing to do is spend the day at the river in the George Washington National Park. It’s usually a couple of degrees colder at the river which makes it that much more enjoyable to swim especially with the recent heat wave. It has been one hot summer!
We also love to go camping. Okay B and Mason love to go camping. I think it’s so so 😉 The food is always delicious though! We haven’t been camping yet this summer. I have a to do list of things we still need to do like go camping and now that Mason is older I want to go hiking. The whole family enjoys hiking especially our dog Cash.
Once when I was in college we hiked to the top of one of the smaller mountains and did yoga as the sun set, it was beautiful and I would absolutely love to do it again!
Did you know that July is National Park and Recreation Month? 2012’s theme is “Get Wild”. The National Parks want to encourage families to play outside and enjoy all the benefits that your local parks have to offer! They have a whole calendar of events going on, be sure to check it out to see what parks are participating near you!
How else can you get involved? Take the Get Wild Pledge and if you’re feeling REALLY adventurous Join the Get Wild Geocaching Contest! If you already know how to GeoCache perfect, if you need some guidance check this out. Once you’ve hidden your treasure make a log at www.geocaching.com and then email July@nrpa.org with the subject “Get Wild”. You’ll then be entered to win one full registration package to the 2012 Congress and Exposition in Anaheim, CA! You can also enter another fun contest by uploading your geocaching photos on FB, you’ll automatically be entered to win one of 5 Magellan GC eXplorist GPS Devices, B would just LOVE that!
I’ve never been Geocaching before but I think it sounds really cool and fun. From what I hear it can be a great time for family bonding and it’s so interesting to see the things that people find and the people that found it before you!
So what are you waiting for?! Take the Get Wild pledge now. Pledge to visit your local parks, and pledge to get your family active this summer! I know I will! You can also get the official toolkit to help plan your adventures this summer!
Learn More by visiting the NRPA Facebook page!