10 Ways to Get Outside on Thanksgiving

Before, and after the bountiful feast you are planning this Thanksgiving, we encourage you, as always, to get outside. We don’t find that there are many things better than breathing in fresh air, crisp wind on your face, fallen leaves under your feet, plunging into the ocean, or hiking to a breathtaking view – other than pumpkin pie and good company.

This holiday, and every other day, we are giving thanks for the great outdoors.

Here’s how we plan to do so:

Before dinner

Turkey Trot – whether pounding your feet on pavement, the beach, a backwoods trail, or up to a summit, getting outside in the crisp fall air with family is truly the perfect start to your day of giving thanks.

Yoga – Focus on twisting to prep your abdomen for optimal digestion. If you’re considering spending your entire Thanksgiving outdoors, there are lots of Hipcamps that offer yoga on the premise, or bring your own mat and get down!

Pray for Surfsip down some coffee, throw on your wetsuit, paddle out with friends and family – catch some waves together. You’ll be fully awake and ready for some warm food by the end of it.

Beach & Park Clean Ups – give thanks to our earth. Get outside together and clean her up. You could organize your own, or join in on a clean up in your area.

Set up your table outdoors – much of the day on this holiday can honestly be preparing for the meal. With a big family, the traditional dining room can get pretty crowded. Break outside your four walls and gather together outside. All you need is a picnic table, or wood palettes, or two sawhorses and some plywood – we trust that you can get creative!

After dinner

Flag Footballrun and tackle away the sleepies that will inevitably happen from tryptophan. Rather than falling asleep on the couch, with the intention of watching football, but missing it because you were napping, find an open field and play your own game! Then nap.

Time for another walk – with a full belly, we head back into the fall foliage. No fall foliage? Head to the beach, because that’s nice too.

Go for a bike ride – when you need a little more assistance than your own two feet, soak up the open trail on a bike ride.

Bonfire – play pick up sticks in the yard with all the branches that are bound to have accumulated over the fall, and build a bonfire for the family to snuggle up around. Did someone say s’mores for dessert?

Look Up at the Stars – One our favorite reasons to build a bonfire, is so we can sit around with the ones we love looking up at the stars. It is bound to make you speechless and remind you of a million little reasons to be thankful. Bonus points if you live in an area of the country rated for low light pollution.

Rachel Petri

Rachel Petri, writer, yogi, and travel junkie. Rachel is a firm believer in the importance of tree hugging, climbing above the tree line, and taking to nature to find deep connection. Follow her stories, inspirations, and adventures on Instagram. Follow me at Hipcamp.

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