How to Re-invent Your Adventure Calendar and Get Outside

Travel restrictions are hopefully coming to an end soon. Don’t let this stop you from getting outside. If you focus on the art of planning, the inspiration becomes real and gives life to your ideas and dreams. It’s what makes us hungry for the zest of life!

If you are an outdoor fanatic, here are some possibilities to add to your spring schedule.

Food in your own backyard.

Foraging is the act of searching for food in the wild. According to Plants for a Future website, there are over 20,000 species of edible plants growing naturally in our forests and backyards. Knowing what these plants are takes some time, but could be as easy as taking out a library book and studying your local habitat.

These are either Japanese Umbrellas or pleated parasols…not sure you would want to eat them, as they are very thin. Always check your mushrooms against a guide with photos.

Sweden is known for anti-pesticide farming and gardening, meaning that chemicals are not easy to purchase or use and are frowned upon in this organic environment. This could be the reason there are so many fruits and plants growing wild.

You could be learning about the types of edible mushrooms and wild herbs that are a great addition to many summer dishes or great for grilling.

This article is full of inspiration for getting your foraging hobby started:

Check for local classes or foraging tours in your area – learning how to use the plants safely is the best way to start.

National Park or Nature Reserve Exploration.

Do you know your closest National Park or Nature Reserve location? These are some of the greatest lands in the world and are found in every country on the map. National Parks and reserves are protected land with many endangered plants, flowers, animals and habitats.

Tiveden National Park, Sweden

Getting to know which of these is in your location can be a great resource for nature watching, hiking, camping and trail-running adventures. Most parks require that you report overnight camping.

And remember the rules…

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles

  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
  • Dispose of waste properly.
  • Leave what you find.
  • Be safe with fire.
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.

Catch the sunset at the highest point you can find.

This could be an adventure in itself, depending on where you decide to go. After choosing a mountain top, or hill you may have a long hike ahead of you. All you need is something to sit on and a camera to catch the beauty!

View from the top at Agelsjön Nature Reserve.

Camp for a night on an island.

In Sweden it wouldn’t be that difficult to find an island to camp on, due to the thousands of lakes and archipelagos.

Look for areas you can stay overnight in a campground or park to be safe. Getting there is the hard part, but there are lots of resources out there for renting different types of boats. Many of them will even drop you off an pick you up at another destination.

Paddling is a great reason for getting out there, but choosing your spot to stay and mapping out the destination can be a lot of fun. Planning what you can fit into a small pack along with food items, a sleeping bag and a tent can weigh down your boat. The challenge is to make it work while still bringing the items that provide comfort.

Don’t forget to plan how you will cook your meals – you’ll either need a cook stove or something to start and maintain a fire. If you know there have been campers to the location before, see if you can find someone to offer details about their experience.

Camping on an island in Sweden.

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