Outdoor Activities = Endless Possibilities

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My daughter, Jamie, on the High Cliffs Trail near the Minnesota/Ontario international border

Outdoor activities can be as simple as a walk through your neighborhood.

Or they can be as complex as a multi-family vacation to an outdoors destination across the country or the globe.

Which Activity is the Best?

The best outdoor activity for you to do is the one (or two…or three) you love and will do!

Actually, I’ll qualify that. You want to pick at least one outdoor activity you enjoy that you can do locally and regularly (walk, hike, bike, run, swim…). And it’s also great if there’s one or more you love that gives you a good excuse for a weekend trip or longer vacation.

Make it Social

Outdoor activities are wonderful to do with others—your spouse, kids, friends. Our family has tons of great memories from family vacations and camping trips. We started invited their friends along regularly, which has given us even more great memories.

In fact, I think doing outdoor activities together is great for relationships. When some of my girlfriends want to get together, I’ve started inviting some of them on a hike at a local park with me instead of going out for coffee.

Let’s Start with These…

There’s no way all possible outdoor activities can be included on AOW, so I won’t even try. Because I’m the founder, I get to choose which ones to highlight, which of course are the ones I like best.

These are mostly activities that force us to provide the energy to move —  no motors, wind or gravity required. The exception is riding horses, but there’s a reason for that (besides the fact that I love it so much!).

If your favorite outdoor activity isn’t talked about so much here, we’ll try to provide links to sites where it is talked about. Or you can start a site yourself!

You can start with your favorite…one you’ve always wanted to try…or one you don’t know much about…


Hiking and Running


Horses and Dogs

Winter Activities

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