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7 Summertime Getaways for the Outdoorsman

July 20, 2015
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Ah, summertime! The sun is shining, the weather is hot, kids are home from school, and the time is right for an outdoor adventure. Here’s seven getaways that any outdoorsman will love.

Catch a Fish
If the hot summer sun has burned out the local bite, hit the road for some awesome summertime fishing. Head for the rockies and take your pick of world famous river fishing, small stream brookies, or cutthroats in high mountain lakes.

If you like your water salty, head to Florida, North Carolina, or California and charter a boat. You’re sure to come home with a big fish story and a cooler full of tasty fillets.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
For the outdoorsman looking for a quiet ride on the water, a paddle down a stream or river is perfect. Choose a canoe, kayak, or raft and float your cares away.

If it’s action your after, head for the rapids. If you’re inexperienced, start with a guided service. Intermediate and expert paddlers can find their own way through heavy water. Check water levels before heading out, error on the side of caution, and have a great day on the water.

Take a Hike
Hiking is the another way to get outdoors and stay in shape this summer (hunting seasons are just a few months away.) Take your family on a leisurely stroll through a state park. Pay attention and look for birds, wildlife, and plants along the way.

If your feeling adventurous and have some time to spare, consider a longer hiking/camping trip. Cover 10-20 miles per day depending on your conditioning and experience level. Pack approximately two pounds of food per person per day and keep your gear as lightweight as possible to squeeze the most fun out of your hiking adventure.

Saddle Up, Partner
Choose a half-day, full-day, or multi-day horseback riding trip and saddle up for the ride of a lifetime. Live out your cowboy fantasies at a dude ranch or book a ride on the beach. Either way, spending some time with man’s other best friend is a great getaway this summer.

Pedal the Dog Days Away
If human power is more your style, take a bike ride. The beautiful thing about cycling is that it can be as easy or strenuous as you like.

Looking to relax? Hit a local paved or gravel bike path. Looking for a challenge? Ride up a local hill. Want to test yourself? Head for the mountains.

Cyclists looking for adventure can plan a multi-day trip through the mountains or across the county, state, or country. Decide what it is your looking for, then find the perfect route for your skills and experience.

Hit the Parks
The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Thanks to forward thinkers like John Muir and Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson we have access to over 407 million acres of America’s most scenic, pristine, and historic areas.

Parks are located in every state as well as the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. If you haven’t taken advantage of this valuable resource, you should this summer.

Hiking a few miles from the trailhead and visiting less popular destinations in the park of your choice will get you away from the crowds.

Head South to Cool Down
That’s right, south. Way south to places like Argentina. When the summer sun is blazing here, the southern hemisphere is in the middle of winter. Beat the heat with mid-summer trip. Enjoy skiing or snowboarding in Patagonia, watch whales and penguins in Puerto Madryn, or catch some spectacular glacier views in El Calafate. The reverse of the typical wintertime tropical getaway may be just what the doctor ordered and these trips are not as expensive as you might think.

These summer getaways should hold you over until your local dove season opens. Have fun, be safe, and enjoy your time outside.

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