1) Camping in the Living Room
This activity is surprisingly cathartic. Just the act of breaking out the camping gear feels pretty good. Move the coffee table, and pitch your tent. You can also lay out your sleeping pad and sleeping bags, even your camping chairs. Then set your TV to YouTube’s “Campfire by the River” by TheSilentWatcher. Perfect. You’ve now got yourself a sweet little camping spot right by the river. Sit back, read a book, listen to the sound of the crackling fire and birdsong in the background, and be sure to let the dog in on the scene, too. Share your pics with us on social using both #weekendsherpa and #optinside
2) S’mores Over Candlelight
Okay, let’s hope you have a bag of marshmallows on hand, and you totally should. Light a candle, preferably unscented. Place your marshmallow on the end of a fork and hold about 3 – 4 inches above the flame. Rotate like it’s a rotisserie. Careful here, we had a marshmallow catch fire—slightly charred marshmallow is still okay though. If you’ve got the graham crackers and chocolate (Hershey’s is the old standby, but anything works), make s’mores. Pro Tip: Pair with some whiskey if you’ve got it. Tasty combo. Share your pics with us on social using both #weekendsherpa and #optinside
3) Selfies at Amazing National Parks & Exotic Destinations
This one is kind of cheesy, but highly recommended! Tune your streaming TV (you have streaming right?) to YouTube. Search something like “beautiful landscapes” and you’ll see a variety of gorgeous and relaxing videos. We like Top 13 US National Parks and Norway’s Nature. Get a shot in front of the fjords of Norway! Crater Lake! Yosemite Falls! And share with us on social using both #weekendsherpa and #optinside
4) Create Prints from Leaves and Weeds
Fill your indoor space with reminders of the natural world by creating leaf art prints. Our friend Ellen Rawley (follow her @wild_still) gave us this idea. You’ll need leaves and flowers, paper (card stock is best, but computer paper will work!), a hammer (a mallet is best, but a metal hammer works too), and a stable work surface you don’t mind getting banged up, like a cutting board. First, gather your materials from directly around your home whether that’s picking leaves in your front yard or harvesting from between the cracks in the sidewalk. While some flowers make good prints, greens and leaves are more consistently impressive.
Some common weeds to try are crabgrass, oxalis, dandelion, and wild radish. Back inside, arrange your material on top of the paper you want to print onto. When you are happy with your composition, place a piece of computer paper on top and hold firmly while you hammer over the entire arrangement (if you’re doing this with a little one, try taping the paper instead so that fingers are spared). Once complete, remove the top sheet of paper and peel off any remnants of plant material. Voila—you brought the outdoors inside. Share your pics with us on social using both #weekendsherpa and #optinside
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