The official first day of spring is March 20, but here in South Carolina, we don’t have to wait that long. With a nice weekend upon us, it’s a great time for a dry-run of warm weather fun outside. Here is a list of things that will fill your time without emptying your wallet.
Imagine sitting on a dock at Hartwell Lake and casting a line into the water or just sitting by a pond. Then, enjoy the quiet and all that nature has to offer you as you simply sit and wait. You don’t care if you catch anything. Or take a child and teach them to fish, after all you will be enriching their life by simply spending time with them.
Go to a Baseball Game
No matter how you feel about baseball, the American thing to just go and soak up the atmosphere. Now is the time to get out and see a game. The spring season just reinforces baseball as our national pastime. Go to Fluor Field in Greenville for a fun day with the Greenville Drive. And if you are really ambitious go see the Braves before they move on to their new stadium in the very near future.
Take a Bike Ride or a Stroll
Anderson isn’t exactly known for its encouragement of bike riding. There are very few trails around the area that connect homes and major roads with other areas. Your neighborhood might be well suited to bike riding. But don’t forget about the East-West Parkway it has a great path the length of the road that is perfectly suited for bikes, runners and just plan strolling.
Plant a Flower Bed or Vegetable Garden
Sure, planting anything sounds like a lot of work and to some the task seems impossible. But Lowes and Home Depot, as well as local nurserys, can help you pick out the flowers or vegetables to get you started. Just pick a place in the yard and pay attention to how much sun the area gets. Pick out plants suited for this area and water them. Your results will be worth the effort. Not ready to break the ground yet? Start with container gardening. You will provide yourself with free produce, lovely gardens, something for the whole family.
Buy a Hammock or Rocking Chairs
Relax for an afternoon and stare at the skies or just rock back and forth. Take a cat nap while reading or listening to your favorite music or sporting event. Rocking chairs on the front porch, screened porch or a hammock stretched between to tress is so relaxing. And if don’t have to have the perfectly placed trees for a hammock. There are all types of hammocks made of various materials and structures.
Picnics are nice, sure, but there are other ways to eat outside. Fire up the grill and grill some BBQ chicken, corn on the cob and watch the kids play in the backyard. Family time outdoors can be fun and when you add a football or baseball to the mix you just found an outdoor family activity.
Get outside and enjoy the weather. There are flea markets all over the area just waiting for you to come and buy something. The most obvious choices are the Jockey Lot on U.S. 29 or the Farmers Market downtown Anderson. And don’t forget about the Yard Sales.