By Jessica Lipman
Winter is coming to an end, so people no longer have to be cooped up inside longing for thermal weather. Springtime is approaching, the sun is shining, and the temperature is rising. Everyone has their own favorite outdoor activity, which means it is time to shed the winter coats and embrace the great outdoors.
The most delightful activities occur on warm, sunny days with blue skies and warm breezes. Being adventurous and out of the house will help you appreciate the nature around yourself. Camping and hiking are popular activities during the spring. Local hiking trails and campground sites close to Howard County include Daniels Dam, Cascade Trail, and Lake Elkhorn. These sites help engage campers to the wildlife, rustic scenery, and the scented meadows.
Along with camping and hiking, biking and being out on the water are two common activities during the springtime. Although biking can take place in somewhere as simple as your neighborhood, Campbell Shepard, a Junior at Glenelg High School frequently visits bike trails such as Western Maryland Rail Trail, Indian Creek Trail and Patapsco Valley State Park. Shepard enjoys biking during this time of the year, because of the “fresh, gentle wind and the nature.” Whether you prefer a canoe, kayak, rowboat, or paddleboat, there are plenty of nearby lakes to enjoy the water, such as Centennial Lake, Piney Run Park, and the Liberty Reservoir.
Although, some people enjoy camping, hiking, and being out on the water, others enjoy practicing and playing their favorite spring sports. Sophomore, Emma Letellier, at Glenelg High School enjoys spending her free time practicing and playing lacrosse because it is not only her favorite sport, but it also helps her to “stay in shape and improve her athletic skills.” Spring gives people the chance to explore hobbies, to be healthy, and to stay in shape.
With this list of lively local activities, you will be sure to make the most out of the spring season. The springtime brings everyone outdoors and helps people recuperate from the long and chilly winter season. Spring has sprung and that means it is time to get out of your comfort zone, be adventurous, and enjoy the bright sun.