Spring into Summer!

by Ashly Winchester / Jun 01, 2021
Spring into Summer!

We’re feeling optimistic about what this summer will bring.

It’s time to dust out those cobwebs and dust bunnies and welcome in the warmth of summer.

With the last year being full of uncertainty, we are looking forward to everything this summer will bring. People are getting vaccinated against Covid-19 at an outstanding rate and there is a lot of optimism surrounding being able to go back to the activities we love. As more and more people get vaccinated and things (hopefully) start to settle into a routine that feels somewhat normal, more opportunities for gatherings and travel will begin to open up in front of us. And we’re here for it.

But how do we get started? Making plans this far in advance may seem a little daunting, so we put together some ideas for fun (and safe!) summer recreational activities for you and your family. 

Go on a Road Trip

Road trips can be great fun for the whole family. The greatest perks to road trips are the endless opportunities to customize your trip, make adjustments on the fly, or be spontaneous. Choosing a destination, or multiple destinations, that involve outdoor activities like hiking or biking are great for staying away from large crowds and exploring new areas. You can keep your trip local by staying in campgrounds and State Parks near you, or make it a larger, more extended trip by hitting up some National Parks. If you’ve ever been curious about vanlife, vacationing via road trip is a great way to test out how you’d feel in a van of your own. Renting a campervan is often less expensive than nightly hotel stays and it can give you a great deal of flexibility. Keep in mind that National Parks and campgrounds often require reservations, so make sure to plan those parts in advance.

Pairs well with: Throwing some Free Wave Hazy IPAs in the cooler for lunch stops, post-hike refreshments, or hanging out around the campfire.

Test Your Limits

More and more athletic events are starting to run again, from trail running races to obstacle course races and triathlons. These events usually take place outdoors, and are great inspiration to accomplish your fitness goals.

Not into racing? Test yourself by taking on the Murph Challenge, a fitness challenge that you can do at home on your own or with your friends. There’s no pressure to perform, but if you’re competitive you can post your time on the Murph Challenge leaderboard and see how you rank against other athletes around the world. Another great way to test yourself is to pick up a new hobby or sport. Try your hand at stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, biking, rafting, rock climbing, or unicycling. Give bungee jumping or skydiving a try if you’re brave enough!

Pairs well with: A post sweat-sesh Run Wild IPA.

Volunteer With Your Local Trail Management Organization

Over the last year, more people have taken to the outdoors due to Covid travel restrictions and lockdowns. Most of those who ventured out stayed close to home on the trails and in their local parks. Having seen more use, these areas have been impacted. More than likely your local trail building and maintenance organization is in need of help.

These organizations are vital to the longevity and functionality of trail systems, as well as conservation and preservation of local green spaces. They also rely on the help of volunteers to see projects through with very little funding, so offering some of your free time is always greatly appreciated.Trail work days are full of fun, laughter, friendly faces, and some digging in the dirt. It’s a great way to meet new people and get a little exercise outdoors. 

Pairs well with: Our Two for the Trails program and a crisp Upside Dawn. Our Two for the Trails program is one way we give back to communities and help promote healthy lifestyles. If your local trail organization is in need of funding, send them our way to apply for our grant program.

Outdoor Gatherings

With the release of the new CDC guidelines for vaccinated people, those who are inoculated can safely resume doing many of the activities we participated in prior to the quarantines and shutdowns. Since we can rely on the fact that the risk of contracting or spreading Covid-19 while outdoors is low, this means we can safely resume participation in social gatherings like backyard barbecues again.

Of course, when planning to attend a gathering, whether it be large or small, always take risk into consideration and follow CDC guidelines for gatherings.

Bring this delicious mango salsa to your next get-together:

Summery Sweet & Spicy Mango Salsa

1 ripe yet firm mango -- peeled, diced

1/2 cup grape tomatoes -- halved

1/2 cup cucumber -- diced

1/4 cup red onion -- minced

1 Tblsp. jalapeno -- seeded, minced

1 tsp. sugar

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. ground cumin

1 firm yet ripe avocado -- pitted, peeled, thinly sliced (I diced mine)

2 Tblsp. coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

Juice of one lime

Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.

Makes about 2.5 cups of salsa.

Pairs great with: Fish tacos, Cerveza Atletica, and good friends.