Gas prices are sky high. You can't travel throughout the state like I keep telling you to. But you still want to be active? Here are 10 "Spring on a Budget" activities to get you started until these pesky fuel prices settle back down again.
1. Go for a Hike: As I defined hiking in my previous entry on hiking, "we walk because we have to, but we hike because we want to." Hiking doesn't just have to be in Hocking Hills, as we wrote about. There are 75 State Parks scattered throughout Ohio, and hundreds of Metroparks. And if you can't get to any of those, just make up your own "urban hike" around your neighborhood! Hiking is a fantastic and FREE OHventure you can do anytime of the year, especially in the Spring when everything is blooming and getting green again!
2. Feed the Ducks: Ducks are common in Ohio, especially with all the heavy rainfall we have been experiencing. There are certain ponds around me that I know ducks are native to (including Goodale Park and Mirror Lake at OSU Campus). I am sure if you do a bit of research, you'll know where to find these waterfowl nearby. But beware! DO NOT feed ducks bread! It is a common misconception that this is a good thing to help ducks by feeding them bread, but there are many reasons you absolutely should not. What seems harmless can lead to malnutrition, overcrowding, over dependence on humans, and the list goes on. Instead, feed the ducks grapes cut in half, oats, wheat, peas, or birdseed.
3. Grill Out: If you're fortunate enough to own a grill, or live somewhere where an outside grill is nearby (many parks have them available), take advantage of a sunny day and grill out! There is something about cooking outside that makes cooking 1,000 times more fun. As you can tell from the picture above, you can grill almost anything: shrimp, steak, bread, chicken, veggies, and the list goes on. If you need ideas for recipes for grilling out, visit this site, and if you are a beginner at grilling, check out these tips.
5. Enjoy a Margarita: As if I have to twist your arm on this one. The margarita is the quintessential spring drink! Refreshing lime with tequila and salt, on the rocks or frozen. There's nothing like having a margarita on a patio at the bar, at a Mexican restaurant, or at home with your own concotion. Don't limit yourself to just Cinco de Mayo on this one!