[nggallery id=134] My wife and I try hard to get outside as much as possible, especially this time of year, when it seems like sunshine may never arrive. One of our favorite places to go is the Juanita Bay Park. This last Sunday we decided to head over there, for the guided tour that happens the first Sunday every month, and is led by volunteers.
Next comes the cheerleading part of this article…..
These volunteers are absolutely amazing! If you have not been out there for the one hour guided tour, I highly recommend you put this on your calendar! The volunteer guides, walk you thru the park while giving some park history as well as pointing out some of the great wildlife, plants, trees and flowers.
My favorite part of the park is the wildlife viewing it offers. The volunteers, and many in the groups, are very knowledgeable about the vast number of bird species that are in the park. My wife carries the binoculars and I most often carry a camera to view and capture some of the beautiful creatures that live there.
Photos I took of only some of what we saw last Sunday. Turtles, nesting Bushtit, Cormorants, Boeing 787, hummingbirds, Red Tail Hawk, and our spectacular National Bird and symbol, The American Bald Eagle!
Here are the Top 5 excuses I have used in the past to avoid going outside and enjoying the beautiful parks in our beautiful city, and how I suggest solving them.
1. Let’s stay inside because it’s raining out! Don’t be silly, it’s beautiful here because of the rain. Put on a hat and a simple rain jacket and go outside. If I didn’t melt, neither will you.
2. Its cold out, let’s stay home! Refer to #1 and simply leave your pjs (jammies) or your snuggie on, under your rain jacket and go outside!
3. I have too much work to do around the house! You already procrastinated on those house projects because of life changing things on TV like Football, American Idol, Dancing With The Stars (seriously, I can’t believe this is a real tv show!) and keeping up with Snooki and cast on Jersey Shore. Its only 1 hour, go to the park!
4. I am tired, I had a long day at work! Unless you did 12 plus hours of physical labor on your job, at least 6 days of the week, I think you can still be rejuvenated my going to the park for an hour. If you did work 12 plus hours of physical labor on your job for at least 6 days of the week, you would probably benefit more from an hour with a chiropractor so you don’t need to go to the park.
5. I have work to do! This is one I used many times. It usually meant I needed to “do” some e-mail and get caught up. Trust me, those e-mails can wait and you will be more efficient after your nap, after your time at the park.
Get out there and enjoy the beautiful area we live in!
[box type="tick" style="rounded" border="full"]Reminder: Volunteers Needed for park restoration at Juanita Bay Park Thursdays noon to 2pm - Editor[/box]