The weather is cooling down and leaves are beginning to change as the perfect season for outdoor activities gets closer. Everyone has their fall traditions, but we encourage you to make the most out of this fall by trying something new!
Here are some of our favorite fall season outdoor activities:
1. Camp Style Cook Out
Instead of agonizing over what restaurant to eat at this week, mix it up and tell your friends to meet you on the trail. This takes a reasonable amount of planning, but we promise it will make for a unique and enjoyable evening amongst friends.
- Come Prepared – Know what gear you need to cook, serve, and clean.
- Assign Roles – Make sure everyone knows what they’re expected to bring. Splitting up duties will make the experience MUCH more enjoyable.
- Be Aware of Time – Know what time it gets dark and be sure to be on your way home before then.
- If you know there are going to be plenty of trees, considering taking hammocks for seating! They’re much lighter than camp chairs. It’s nearly impossible to sit in a hammock and without smiling.
- Bring your food ready to cook. Prep everything at home and package in tupperware. Once the fire is hot, you’ll be ready to go!
2. Kayak/Canoe Camping Trip
Kayak camping is a great way to explore the area from a different perspective. Spend the day out on the water and the night sleeping under the stars. Take your time and let the water do the work. You can fish along the way and you’ll be able to hop in the water when it gets too hot.
- Use Dry Bags – If you care about it, put it in a dry bag.
- Plan Your Pick Up – When kayak camping, you don’t always stop where you started. Plan for someone to pick you up, or leave a vehicle at the take out spot.
- Know Land Rights – Do research on where you can camp. Often the shoreline is private property, be sure to find a place you know is accessible to the public.
- Coordinate your dry bags by color. It will make finding specific items much easier.
(ex. clothing – red, hygiene – blue, camp gear – yellow)
3. Night Kayak Fishing
As the sun begins to set earlier in the evening, those post-work fishing trips get shorter and shorter. This is an opportunity to stay out past dark and have the water all to yourself! While it is dark out there, you’ll want to make sure you take the proper safety precautions (review your local laws and ordinances).
- 360º Light – You’ll want the light to be a few feet above the deck of your kayak to enhance visibility.
- Wear Reflective Clothing – The goal is to be as visible as possible. Don’t worry, the bright colors won’t spook the fish.
- Charge Your Gear – Just because it turns on, doesn’t mean it’s going to last all night. Make sure you gear is fully charged before taking off.
- Wear a headlamp. It’ll help you when switching out baits or tying knots.
- Turn on your lights before it gets completely dark. It’s easy to tip the kayak when you can’t see what you’re doing.
4. Hammock Camping
Sleeping on the ground isn’t for everyone. It can be uncomfortable and clunky carrying equipment into the backcountry. That’s where hammock camping comes in! The lightweight portability of a hammock makes it a great option for those primitive camping trips. You’ll find yourself sleeping better and waking up well rested. Just be sure there are trees where you’re going.
- Know Park Rules – Some parks don’t allow hammock camping. Check online to make sure it’s allowed.
- Trees – Be sure you have somewhere to hang your hammock.
- Consider a Bug Net – Not necessary to hammock camping, but its always nice to not get eaten by mosquitos.
- Use a headlamp. You’ll want to keep one with you in the hammock just in case you need to get up at night and forgot exactly how high off the ground you are.
- Select hammock straps with the most possible attachments points. When it comes to sleeping comfortably in a hammock, the angle is everything.
5. Take in the Autumn Colors
Pictures just don’t do it justice. As the leaves change, we encourage you to get out and explore during this time of year. Go somewhere you’ve been many times throughout the summer and winter months and experience it from a different perspective.
- Take Your Time – Spend as much time as you can on the trail. There’s a small window each year to experience these colors, cherish it.
- Share Your Perspective – Whether its fishing, hiking, biking or even photography, make time to tie in one of your hobbies.
- Check the Fall Foliage Prediction Map for your Region!