If you’re reading this then perhaps not! I know how addictive the internet can be, and many’s the time I’ve put off going for my daily run under the pretext of, ‘just one more thing I need to look at on Google before I put on my running shoes and head for the beach.’
But when I’m outside and the sun is shining, a peace descends upon me that’s almost spiritual by nature. I love the sound of birds, rustling trees, crashing waves and the soft feel of grass or the squeaky clean texture of sand between my toes.
The trend for children to spend more time inside the house than outside has led The National Trust in London and South East England to launch a nationwide campaign to encourage sofa bound children to get outside and enjoy classic adventures. You know, the Swallows & Amazons type of adventures.
As I read through the list I realized that perhaps many older people haven’t yet had the chance to do all the things on it, and felt encouraged to go and tick a few more off myself.
National Trust has 50 things to do checklist before you’re 12
So although the National Trust’s ’50 Things to do before you’re eleven and three quarters is a checklist for the under 12s, it could also be a checklist for the young at heart.
They’re encouraging people to share stories on www.twitter.com/southeastNT and http://www.facebook.com/NationalTrustSE. If you’d like the full list, then go to http://londonandsoutheastnt.blogspot.com.au/
With apologies to the National Trust, here’s an amended, shortened list of 20 outdoor things to do in Western Australia for the young at heart, with suggested places to do them.
- Climb a tree – Pemberton, South West Australia. The Bicentennial Tree above is 75m high. Can you spot the climber?
- Roll down a really big hill – The Pongorup Range, Albany
- Camp out in the wild – The Kimberley, North West Australia
- Build a den – Nannup, South West Australia
- Skim a stone – Big Brook Dam, Pemberton
- Run around nude in the rain – Nudist beach, Bunbury in Autumn
- Fly a kite – Dongara
- Catch a crab with a net – Leschenault Estuary, Bunbury
- Eat an apple straight form a tree – Donnybrook, South West Australia
- Hunt for treasure on the beach – Middleton Beach, Albany
- Swing on a rope swing – Blackwood River, Bridgetown
- Take a look inside a tree – Valley of the Giants, Walpole
- Visit an island – Rottnest
- Canoe down a river – Collie River to Honeymoon Pool
- Try abseiling – Bluff Knoll, Stirling Ranges
- Find your way with a map and compass – Wellington National Park, Ferguson Valley
- Go on a nature walk at night – The Bibbulman Track anywhere between Kalamunda and Albany
- Feed a bird from your hand – Gloucester National Park, Pemberton
- Watch the sun set – Broome, North West Australia
- Eat grapes fresh from the vines – Margaret River