Who does not love spring when longer days brighten the sky, birds sing joyfully, and trees begin sprouting new leaves that are smart? Even here in the California desert where I live, wildflowers bloom, jacaranda trees explode with purple blossoms, and cacti burst with flowers in vibrant colors.
Since a lack of sunlight during brief, winter days can adversely affect older adults’ moods, aren’t you baby boomers ready to observe this spectacular time of year? I’ve listed six fun spring activities baby boomers can enjoy as weather permits, no matter your age.
Have a Spring Break
Who says college students are the only ones that will take a spring break? We baby boomers get itchy feet also and there are a number of sunny places to go to.
This is the best time to visit one of the National Parks before the summer crowds hit. But since there’s 58 in the U.S., there is plenty more to see!
Need to remain closer to home? A weekend trip to a nearby beach or lake may be just the ticket. Or simply enjoy a Sunday drive on a road you have never taken before. Rent a convertible for additional fun and wind your way to a nearby town or park you’ve been meaning to research.
Plant a Garden
One of my favourite activities is picking out seeds or plants at the garden center with my grandchildren and planting them once we get home.
The joy of walking outdoors, enjoying the beauty of greenery shining from sunlight, the sound of bees buzzing nearby, plopping an irresistible strawberry in your mouth, then gathering vegetables and deliciously aromatic herbs for a recipe – what better way to celebrate spring!
If you don’t have space for a garden, see a Farmer’s Market.
Eat Al Fresco
Spring is finally here and we have that precious additional hour’s daylight. Head outside, have a picnic in the park or some other scenic area, and enjoy eating fresh food with a view.
Or simply throw a bright and cheerful tablecloth on your patio table, add some fresh-cut flowers into soup cans painted in spring colors, and a couple of floral napkins. Then enjoy a magical spring dinner with family or friends outside to welcome the season.
Feeling lazy? Eat outside at a local cafe.
Change out your drapes with a sheer, billowy, or natural fabric. You might even want to paint a room a vibrant spring shade or bring new life to old furniture with a coat of white paint. If you are doing some spring cleaning, be sure and wash your windows so that you can enjoy your view outdoors.
Purchase some showy tulips or daffodils with their bright, cheery colors or clip some spring blossoms and display them into your home.
Be sure and open your windows to listen to a spring shower or simply enjoy a gentle spring breeze. Take a few calming deep breaths and enjoy all that fresh air.
Play External with Your Grandchildren
Enjoy some gardening or have a fancy picnic at the park.
Build a bird house together and attract wildlife you can enjoy watching together.
Or introduce your grandma to some traditional outdoor games like Kick-the-Can, Red Rover, Red Light-Green Light, or Duck-Duck-Goose. They will love it!
Take a Hike
This is a no-brainer, but put on your hiking boots, pack up some water and snacks, and go discover the wonderful outdoors. All of us know that baby boomers need to keep moving to stay healthy and this is an enjoyable way to do it.
No real surprise, a new study shows that walking or trekking in nature can bring you inner peace, joy, and happiness. I’d highly recommend it!
If your health does not permit a vigorous hike, have a gentle stroll on a deserted beach with your loved one or have a walk round the block. Just get out there and enjoy the sunshine!
These are just a few ideas, I’m sure you can come up with more. Whatever you choose to do, discard that winter coat when the weather allows, grab a pair of scandals, and get out there and enjoy the fleeting glory of spring!