Rosemary Alpert, contributing author
Spring is in full swing. It is, without a doubt, the best time of the year to get outdoors and enjoy the longer days of sunlight. Now is the time to welcome these special spring-time opportunities; to appreciate the beauty, fresh air and growing abundance that surrounds us here in Skagit County.
On April 15, the Governor exclaimed excitedly that it is time to “Take it Outside”. He suggested that, over the coming weeks, we should all be thinking about ways to take our plans outdoors. As he stated about the increase in COVID-19 cases, “Extraordinary times, take extraordinary measures…we are not out of the woods yet.” But ya know what? We can go out into the woods and explore!
Across the state, many counties are on the verge of moving back into Phase 2 of the Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan, as we are in the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. To keep moving forward, we must continue our collective, healthy progression by getting vaccinated and wearing our masks in public.
Whatever you are planning, take it outside. Let’s think “out of the box”! There are so many unique possibilities to explore here in Skagit County. Let’s take advantage of them!
Need some inspiration? Here are a few ideas to give a try!
Note: Please be sure to wear your mask when in public settings and when gathering with other unvaccinated people (including children)!
- Plan a small gathering with family or friends at a park or in someone’s backyard.
- Make a picnic lunch or dinner and find a local park to enjoy your meal.
- Watch the sunrise or sunset.
- Meet a friend for a walk along the river or under the stars.
- Celebrate a birthday or special occasion at a playground!
- If you can, take work outside! Arrange a meeting or call out of the office.
- Explore hiking, running and walking trails across our state.
- Plant a garden! There’s nothing more relaxing than tending the earth and listening to the birds.
- Paint, dance, sing, photograph—all can be taken outside!
- Learn a new sport.
- Find a quiet spot to read, meditate, or enjoy yoga.
- Play with your dog…you know he’ll love it.
- Experience outdoor dining and support our local establishments.
- Listen to or create music.
- Connect with your community; volunteer!
Let’s take advantage of our longer days, be creative, replenish and have fun. After all, there are so many more options available to us this year compared to spring-time 2020. As we move forward with vitality, please–mask up, get vaccinated and “take it outside”!
If you haven’t already, start your spring and summer by getting vaccinated, and help your loved ones do the same. This is the very best thing that you can do to protect yourself and your family and friends, as well as ensure that we continue to move forward with reopening. For more information on COVID-19 vaccinations please visit, www.skagitcounty.net/COVIDvaccine or call the hotline at 360-416-1500. If you have any questions about the vaccines, talk with your health care provider!