By Isabelle Rosini
Immortalized in song, cinema, and literature, summer holds a special place in the hearts of Americans. It is a season uniquely primed for memory making and putting aside our differences in the name of fireworks and barbeques. It provides opportunities to unplug and take a much needed break from politics. It is as American as apple pie.
It’s for all of these reasons and more that the widespread cancellation of summer events has hit us particularly hard. What would summer look like without a proper July 4th celebration? Without seeing your favorite band or team play live? Thankfully, many realized early on in the season that summer can be just as fulfilling without its typical events.
So what exactly is that realization?
It is this: Though everything else has been canceled this summer, nature remains.
Americans are taking advantage of our country’s natural wonders now more than ever due to the pandemic, and that’s a beautiful thing. Something special happens when we escape into nature. On a solo hike, we find time to reexamine our priorities, relationships, and place in the world. When spending the day with friends on a riverbank, we remember how much we have to be thankful for and just how great our fellow Americans are. Oddly enough, it is the time we take to disconnect that reminds us of our connection to and unity with one another.
If you’ve been hesitant to get out and enjoy nature this summer, consider Labor Day the perfect date to finally take that leap. You could hike, kayak, swim, paddle-board, fish, tube, or camp. You could go to a state park, national park, or your town’s nearest nature trail. Options for exploring nature are endless, and there is something for everyone to enjoy.
2020 has spared no one—we all deserve a break. Why not take that break in the great outdoors? In the serenity of the forest or cool calm of a lake, politics will be the last thing on your mind. So whatever you choose to do, be sure to bring good company and leave politics behind.