How is your summer looking? Have you thought that far ahead yet? I’m sure most of you have, maybe without even realizing it, I sure have. Winter’s grip is weakening, the days are growing longer and occasionally surprise us with their warmth and I can’t help but let my mind wander a bit to what I might be doing on beautiful day this summer. It might be something simple, a bike ride after work or a softball game, or I might start thinking about a tentative backpacking trip. Whatever it is at the time, I have been looking at the summer as being wide open. Then, recently, a need to set firm dates for a Nevada Outdoor School function made me think a bit more specifically about what my personal schedule looked like for the next six months or so. It soon became apparent that I had been making plans for this summer for longer than I remembered. There is a family reunion, that back packing trip, visits to Nevada from friends and family, plenty of NOS fun, oh and maybe a rafting trip, of course some peak bagging, and a recommitment to do more rock climbing this year. All of the sudden, my summer is looking pretty full; especially if I want to keep a few weekends open for down time, or an impromptu barbeque.
|It's always summer in southern Nevada, our Executive Director found some|
inspiration while hiking in the Spirit Mountain Wilderness recently.
So, before your summer is full to the brim, make sure you have thought about some of the things that are the most important to you. And while you’re at it, maybe think about trying something new. NOS has plenty of ideas. We would love for you to join us at the 5th Annual Buckaroo Dutch Oven Cook-Off and NOS 10 Year Birthday Bash on August 24th. Another great idea would be to join us and our partners for a volunteer conservation project. These volunteer events are a great way to see a part of Nevada you may never have been to, feel a sense of accomplishment in giving back to your public lands, make new friends and enjoy the camaraderie of working in the dirt together.
A few other ideas just randomly pitched in from folks in the office today, in case you are in need of inspiration: raft a new river, visit San Francisco, camp in Yosemite, climb the highest point in New Mexico, hike the Ruby Crest Trail, run a charity 5k, grow an herb garden, ride in a hot air balloon, visit the ocean, participate in a multi-sport race, float somewhere, hike somewhere, explore Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, ride an ATV…
What’s on your list?