1) Weekend Sherpa Podcast: Take It Outside
We’ve kicked off a new podcast: “Take It Outside.” While the coronavirus is keeping us from getting outside right now, we’ll discuss what’s happening in the California outdoor landscape. In our first episode, “The Outdoors Is Closed,” Weekend Sherpa co-founders talk about the closing of various open spaces across the state, and what an outdoor enthusiast can do in the meantime. Listen here on this page, or wherever you listen to podcasts (like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts). Drop us a line and tell us what you think and what you’d like to hear us discuss in future episodes.
2) Hike from Home
When you can’t hike, going on a walk from home and staying within your neighborhood can be good for your mental health. And yes, call it a “hike” rather than a walk—it just feels better. Here are a few tips on how to do it: 1. Grab a backpack, your fleece, water, a snack, and some hiking poles if you’ve got them (just for a little flair, and to enforce some proper distance if necessary). In fact, add whatever you want to your repertoire: binoculars, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, and toss it into your pack. 2. Put on your hiking shoes. 3. Walk outside your door and bring the dog if you’ve got one. 4. Hike! Stay at least 6 feet away from others who pass by. Big waves are always appreciated though, especially in these times. 5. Listen to the new Weekend Sherpa podcast “Take It Outside,” and send us your feedback on the topic discussed: The Outdoors Is Closed.
*We understand how much you miss hiking and the parks—we do too! For now, the best action we can take is staying close to home and limiting the outdoors to time in our yards and neighborhoods, being respectful of keeping 6 feet of physical distance from others. This will help to slow the spread of Covid-19, and flatten the curve. Weekend Sherpa is participating in discussions with several local outdoors organizations to consider solutions for the future, where parks, open spaces, and outdoor recreation areas can be safely utilized amid an uncertain time-frame resulting from the dynamics of this pandemic.
3) Spoken Bird
Ready to go full bird nerd? Don’t knock it till you try it. If you’ve got binoculars, bring them on your walk and see if you can spy some red-tailed hawks or flirting bluebirds (it’s mating season and things are getting frisky). Or just look around with the naked eye and try to spot birds of many feathers. Bonus: Download the free app Merlin Bird ID. This interactive app is easy for beginning bird watchers. It tells you specific to your community which birds people are seeing, and you can add to the list. Video taken from Weekend Sherpa’s work-from-home office, where a pair of bluebirds have been busy making a nest!