Outdoor adventures can be transformational. Seemingly overnight, you can go from being a homebody to a nature enthusiast.
Once you develop a passion for the outdoors, you’ll find yourself looking for new activities that take you out into the wilderness. Luckily, there is any number of ways to spend a day or two lost in the woods.
Here are a few ideas for your next excursion.
1. Go Four-Wheeling
Whether you call it a four-wheeler, ATV, or quad, there’s nothing like cruising down dirt paths through the woods.
That said, owning one can be a bit pricey. You may be wondering how you can justify paying hundreds of dollars for a four-wheeler. Thankfully, many outdoor adventure companies offer rentals with hourly rates.
As thrilling as the experience can be, it’s important to practice riding a four-wheeler in a safe environment before taking it out in the woods. It’s just as important to travel at a reasonable speed your first time out and wear protective gear. And, of course, make sure you’re only riding in areas designated for four-wheelers.
There are few bonding experiences comparable to nailing a friend in their padded chest with a paintball.
Paintball battles out in the woods let you unleash your inner tactician. Fully decked out in your camo gear, you can pull off a flanking maneuver against your friends on the other team. Or, you can attempt to gain the upper hand by capturing the higher ground.
Whatever you do, be sure to bring along enough paintballs protective gear, including a helmet, mask, and chest protector. Before heading out, check local laws to be sure paintballing is permitted on your chosen battlefield.
Hunting offers a rush unlike any other, but there are times when you may want a smaller time commitment. When you find yourself in that situation, give target shooting a try.
For one, target shooting is an opportunity to test out new gear you’re hoping to use on your next hunt. Whether it’s a new scope or laser sight, a shooting range gives you the chance to master your shooting techniques in a low-pressure environment. Plus, unlike hunting, you can get off as many shots as you want. It’s an easy way to quickly improve your accuracy and master that precise shot.
That said, target shooting isn’t just preparation for a hunt. You can try out guns that aren’t legal for hunting or test out different types of ammunition. No matter how you spend your afternoon at the range, you’ll be glad you did.
When most of us think of skiing, we imagine skiers flying down slopes. But, as fun as downhill skiing is for some people, it isn’t ideal for those looking to take in the environment around them.
Cross-country skiing, on the other hand, is perfect for sightseeing. Unlike downhill skiing, cross-country skiing takes you on level surfaces and, occasionally, uphill. This allows you to move at a leisurely pace through the woods. It’s also a great form of exercise since you need to propel yourself rather than using your momentum to carry you downhill.
Many ski resorts have designated areas for cross-country skiing, so find one near you, rent skis and poles, and try it out for yourself.
If you’ve ever gone on a hike to the peak of a mountain, you’ve likely passed mountain bikers along the way. And, if you’re someone who doesn’t bike, you’ve probably wondered how they can pedal up the mountain.
Here’s a secret: It’s the ride down the mountain that makes it all worth it.
Once you reach the peak of a mountain on a bike and begin the ride down, the adrenaline immediately kicks in. On the way, you’ll encounter hairpin turns, jumps, and straightaways that will make it feel as though you’re flying. By the end of the descent, you’ll be ready for another run — no matter how tired you are.
Of course, it’s a good idea to start with small mountains and go up from there. For your first run, find a mountain with wide trails with decent traction. Once you’ve mastered that mountain, you can move on to your next challenge.
It’s never too late to develop a new interest. Set aside time to find your newest passion in the wild today!