10 Things to Do With Your Extra Hour of Daylight

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Daylight Saving Time has been around for a few weeks now and I'm still not over the loveliness of an extra hour of daylight. The dusky time after supper is one of my favorite parts of the day. Here are a few ways we take advantage of that extra hour. 

1. Take a walk 
You knew this was going to be on the list, right? My favorite thing about longer evenings is how much easier it is to get out and do something. In the winter, our version of doing something is lingering too long over the chips & salsa at our local Mexican restaurant. Now that the sun sticks around a little longer, we love to go for walks at the botanical gardens in Athens (and walk off all that mexican food we ate during the winter). It's becoming so pretty now that the leaves are popping out and more plants are in bloom. Unfortunately, it also means more bugs and the rare snake or two, but so far we've managed to avoid any run-ins. 

2. Eat outdoors
...because food tastes better that way, don't ya know? We don't really have a great patio to eat on at our house at the moment, but Athens has a lot of awesome patios (like this bbq place) to frequent in the warmer months. And there's nothing wrong with a simple tomato sandwich and some Izzes in the park. 

3. Go to an outdoor concert
I use the Bandsintown app to keep me in the know of upcoming concerts in and around Athens. We loved going to the Foundry a few times this past winter, but now that the weather's warm I'd much rather listen to live music outside.

4. Read on the porch
This is the introvert's way of making the most of an extra hour of daylight and there's not a thing wrong with it. A good book combined with fresh air and the sound of spring peepers sounds just right.

5. Go for a drive
There have been several days when Mark and I are ready to get out of the house, but being on a budget limits our activities. Cue the old-fashioned idea of a Sunday evening car ride. Sometimes we'll be really extravagant and splurge on a $1 ice cream cone from the McDonald's drive-thru. This is a particularly fun thing to do if you're new to an area like we are (although it's been almost a year. I should really be learning my way around by now), but there are always new back roads to discover even if you've lived in a place your whole life.

6. Stroll through the favorite part of your city
Downtown Athens is such a fun place to stroll and people-watch in the evenings. Plus #fitbitdates!

7. Take an outdoor yoga class
When we lived in Richmond, there were regular outdoor yoga classes held at the art museum but I was too much of a wuss to go. I recently discovered this free event hosted regularly in Atlanta by none other than King of Pops! Now if I can just figure out how to avoid Tuesday night rush-hour traffic so I can attend...

8. Organize a volleyball game
We used to get together for weekly Friday night volleyball games when I was a kid and it was so much fun! I'd love to find a sand pit or park around here where we could organize a game or two. Not that I'm good at it or anything, but it's a fun reason to get together on a spring evening.

9. Take a leisurely bike ride
Leisurely is key. Small town roads + fire flys + sunset + leisurely bike ride = perfection!

10. Look for your dream house
This is something Mark and I are doing quite often these days and, while not everyone is in the market for a house, it's still fun to explore local neighborhoods and just dream! Evenings are my favorite times to drive around a neighborhood because you really get a feel for the area as people are coming home from work, walking their dogs, and playing in their yards. It's less stalker-ish than it sounds, trust me. :)

What've you been up to with your extra hour of daylight?

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