How to have a fun, fall family nature walk

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This is the time of year when people are making fall, family bucket lists and crossing things off. I live in San Antonio and fall feels a lot like summer. While we’re not yet enjoying sweater weather or fall foliage, we are embracing fall.

Despite temperatures in the high eighties (yes, really!) we are having fun with our fall bucket list. One of our picks was to “go on a fall nature walk.”

We got tired of waiting for the temperatures to dip, so we set out on a humid and sunny afternoon. We’ve lived in San Antonio for more than three years and we’ve been driving by Comanche Park in Northeast San Antonio for three years. We always say “we should stop there and check it out.” Finally, we did!

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We had a great time and I’m sharing our tips for how to have a fun, fall family nature walk:

1. Pick an easy path

If you want to have a fun, fall family nature walk, pick an easy path. Comanche Park has easy, family friendly, paved walking paths.

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We had a great day out as a family. We got to see lots of local flora and fauna and our walk wasn’t too strenuous.

2. Take care of your feet

I don’t experience physical discomfort while engaging in everyday activities but my feet hurt a lot. I also experience some normal back pain that comes with being an active adult in my age group. Yes, I said “in my age group.” My husband and I are in our early fifties (eek!) and we are raising two seven-year-old boys. We make an effort to be very active with our kids, but sometimes, we feel every bit of our ages!

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3. Dress in layers

Even if your temperatures are more fall-like than ours, dressing in layers is key. You might get warm while you’re walking and the temperature might change throughout the day. You’ll want to be able to take a layer off when you get too warm or add a layer if you feel like you’re getting too chilly.

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Sometimes, a fall morning can start out deceptively chilly. If you bundle up, you’re going to be uncomfortable and sweaty by mid-day.

4. Hydrate

Cooler temperatures don’t mean you don’t need to drink your water. If you’re outdoors and active, staying hydrated is always important.

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5. Make it Fun

I know, I think going on a fall family nature walk is fun all on its own. I like getting outdoors and getting my kids away from their electronics. However, staying active and soaking up some fall sunshine as a family doesn’t always get my kids as excited as it does me – go figure!

I’ve found that giving our kids “jobs” to do when we’re out walking adds some meaning to this family activity. On our most recent fall family nature walk in Comanche Park, we gave one of our boys the responsibility for being the map reader.

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This not only gave him basic introduction to navigating skills, it also gave him the opportunity to practice his reading and leadership skills.

Our other son had the “job” of sketching the local flora and fauna. Before we left the house, we talked about what type of plants and trees we were likely to find in Texas during the fall.

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Holly growing among the cedar

Giving our kids an active role in our family outing completely made it a success. Now, if only we could have some of that crisp fall weather people in other parts of the country are talking about!

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2 Comments

  1. I couldn’t agree more to what you said in this article. I think strolling in the park is an under-rated activity that not a lot of people will find relaxing and enjoying especially with the whole famiy. I love this post keep this up!

  2. Any time getting the kids away for the “screen” is a good time. Yeah I need to take a look at those custom insoles, I have some feet issues that could probably use those. Thanks for sharing.

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