Who does not love spring when more days brighten the sky, birds sing joyfully, and trees start sprouting bright new leaves? Even here in the California desert where I live, wildflowers bloom, jacaranda trees explode with purple blossoms, and cacti burst with flowers in vibrant colors.
Since a lack of sunlight during brief, winter days can negatively affect older adults’ moods, are not you baby boomers ready to observe this spectacular time of year? I’ve recorded six fun spring activities baby boomers can appreciate as weather permits, regardless of your age.
Take A Spring Break
Who says college students are the only ones that will take a spring break? We baby boomers get itchy feet also and there are lots of sunny places to visit. U.S. News’ list of top five cheap spring break destinations included Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, New Orleans, South Padre Island, and Key West.
This is the perfect time to see one of the National Parks before the summer crowds hit. But since there’s 58 from the U.S., there’s plenty more to see!
Need to stay closer to home? A weekend trip to a local beach or lake may be just the ticket. Or just enjoy a Sunday drive on a street you have never taken before. Rent a convertible for extra fun and wind your way into a nearby town or park you’ve been meaning to explore.
Plant a Garden
One of my favourite activities is picking out seeds or plants at the garden center with my grandchildren and planting them when we get home.
The joy of walking outdoors, enjoying the beauty of greenery shining from sunlight, the sound of bees buzzing nearby, plopping an irresistible strawberry into your mouth, then gathering vegetables and deliciously aromatic herbs for a recipe – what better way to celebrate spring!
If you do not have space for a garden, visit a Farmer’s Market.
Eat Al Fresco
Spring is finally here and we have that precious additional hour’s daylight. Head outside, have a picnic in the park or some other scenic place, and enjoy eating fresh food with a view.
Or simply throw a bright and cheerful tablecloth on your patio table, add some fresh-cut blossoms into soup cans painted in spring colors, and a few floral napkins. Then enjoy a magical spring dinner with friends or family outside to welcome the season.
Feeling lazy? Eat outside at a local cafe. Or invite some friends over, get out your good china, and enjoy an afternoon tea party on your patio.
Bring the Outdoors In
Change out your drapes with a sheer, billowy, or natural fabric. You may even need to paint a room a vibrant spring color or bring new life to old furniture with a coat of fresh white paint. If you’re doing some spring cleaning, be sure and wash your windows so you can enjoy your view outdoors.
Install some window boxes and plant some herbs or bright spring flowers. Buy some showy tulips or daffodils with their bright, cheery colors or clip some spring blossoms and display them in your home.
Be certain and open your windows to hear a spring shower or simply enjoy a gentle spring breeze. Simply take a few calming deep breaths and enjoy all that fresh air.
Play Outside with Your Grandchildren
Ride bikes, play tennis, or jump on a trampoline. Love some gardening or have a fancy picnic at the park.
Learn more about the neighborhood with a butterfly net in hand. Build a bird house together and bring wildlife you can enjoy watching together.
Or introduce your grandchildren to some traditional outdoor games such as Kick-the-Can, Red Rover, Red Light-Green Light, or Duck-Duck-Goose. They’ll love it!
Take a Hike
This is a no-brainer, but put on your hiking boots, pack some water and snacks, and go find the great outdoors. All of us know that baby boomers will need to keep moving to stay healthy and this is a fun way to do it.
No surprise, a new study shows that walking or trekking in nature can bring you inner peace, joy, and happiness. I would highly recommend it!
If your health does not allow a vigorous hike, have a gentle stroll on a deserted beach with your loved one or take a walk round the block.
These are simply a couple ideas, I’m sure you can come up with more. Whatever you choose to do, shed that winter coat when the weather allows, grab a pair of scandals, and get out there and enjoy the fleeting glory of spring!