5 things to do with all that daylight

'Spring forward' means more time to play

rphillips@idahostatesman.comMarch 13, 2014 

1. Go for a walk or run. Lace up the sneakers and take a slow, steady jog. It will clear the head and lungs, and get those endorphins surging through your body. You will walk away tired and refreshed at the same time. Or you could just go for a brisk walk.

2. Paddle around. Grab your kayak, canoe, rowboat or anything else and get back on the water. You will love the feel of water beneath you as you cruise along. Rowing or paddling is like stealth exercise. It's so relaxing, meditative or exciting (in whitewater) to move a boat through the water that you'll forget you're working out.

3. Go for a ride. If you've been off your bike for months, it's time to get going. Go for a spin and take it easy at first. Don't try to tackle those steep Foothills trails right from the start. Get some miles of easy pedaling on the Greenbelt or mellow trails so you won't be brutally sore the next day.

Or if you're a bit of a masochist, just pick up right where you left off last year and suffer. It's not the smartest thing to do, but it probably won't kill you, either - just make you walk funny the next day. Check trail conditions you go. They're hard to predict in the spring.

4. Fish a pond. Fish and Game stocks them with trout at least once a month during spring, and some more often. Wilson Springs ponds in Nampa are stocked every week, and it has paved trails and docks.

There are lots of other ponds in the Treasure Valley, and one short drive (or bike ride) from almost anywhere will get you there.

Grab a fishing rod and take a kid along. If they're youngsters, fish near a park, like Reid W. Merrill Sr. Community Park in Eagle or McDevitt Park off Eagle Road in Meridian. That way, if the kids get restless, they can burn off energy at the playground.

5. Walk your dog. Don't make it about you, make it about the dog. Take them to a dog park or someplace where they can run. Nothing warms the heart like seeing a dog with its ears laid back and sprinting full speed in no particular direction, then spinning and sprinting back like the breeze is its guide. It's the spirit of spring embodied.

Roger Phillips: 377-6215, Twitter: @rogeroutdoors

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