April 4th Walk Around Things Day

Today is all about being practical. Instead of trying to bull your way through something, just go around it. I mean, after-all, you probably wouldn’t come up to a lake and say “It’s in my way. so I am just going to go through it.”, would you? Okay, maybe a few of us would but most would elect to go around it. Walk through that wall, walk through a swamp filled with alligators, walk through a mine field… these are not good choices. So what it really is all about is making good choices, do the right thing rather than forcing a situation that you are pretty sure you can’t win or at least end well. In the mean time, it’s good exercise! Would you normally risk walking under a ladder?

How to celebrate – Walk around things that get in your way. Figure out what you are doing before you do it. Wear armor plating.

August 7th National Lighthouse Day

Here in the United States the U.S. Congress took over the operations of all lighthouses on August 7th, 1789. Once operated by the Federal Government the lighthouses became standardized here in America and were literally lifesavers for those at sea. they normally mark where the ocean meets the land, or lake if that is the case, and mark tremulous areas that Captains of ships need to watch out for.

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Originally these lighthouses had to manned since the signal sent out was either a torch or lantern that had to be lit and watched over all night long. Many lighthouses had living quarters in the actual tower while others had houses connected to them where the lighthouse keeper could live.

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During the day light hours the lighthouse was useful as a beacon for navigation, at night they were a necessity for  mariners. As the years past and electricity replaced the torch or lantern, the lighthouse keeper became scarce since they were no longer required to light them, or watch them for fires.

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So today the lighthouse has become more of a museum to the past when they were required. With the invention of radar and GPS, most are not even lit anymore. They serve as wonder platforms for observation of the area, most having beautiful views of the surrounding area.

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How to celebrate – Visit a local lighthouse today. Stand in the middle of a very dark area and see if you can tell where the water and land meet.  Start your own miniature lighthouse collection.

June 24th National Swim A Lap Day

I think this is one of the best sports ever created! Swimming! And perfect for summer! I mean, what other sport can you do during the summer and not sweat! And swimming laps, not just getting in the pool and splashing around, is some of the best excercise you can get!

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If you don’t have your own pool there are many public pools that you can go to. Even the ocean or lakes are available. (Though swimming laps might be a challenge if you use the ocean) In fact the public ones probably actually allow you to swim laps where home pools are designed more for just having fun and hanging out.

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And a lot of people look really, really cool in their swim suits… of course many more, like me, don’t look so good but at least you are covered up by the water! You exercise your heart, lungs, legs, arms, stomach, toes and even your brain (Keeping you from running into the sides of the pool).

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There are even dogs that love to swim laps! Naturally they don’t know they are swimming laps and some laps turn in to circles but it’s even good exercise for them! (My dog loves to walk in the rain, but sadly won’t swim with me.)

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It’s fun, it’s cool and it’s great exercise… what more do you want!?! Jump in! But make sure the water is deep enough that you won’t bottom out.

How to celebrate – Go for a swim today. Gradually develop swimming more laps and great distances. Remember not to eat while swimming… your food will get all soggy.

May 7th Great Lakes Awareness Day

Unless you live in northern United States or southern Canada you may not be aware of today, it’s Great Lakes Awareness Day. It always comes on the first Monday of the first full week of May. In other words, the first of something which happens to be the 7th this month. Got it? Okay, so we can go on.

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They are known as the Great Lakes because they are the largest group of freshwater lakes on earth! Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario. They are also known as the inland seas since they act just as though they were oceans with rolling waves, sustained winds, strong currents, great depths and distant horizons.

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Lake Superior is the second largest lake in the world. All of the lakes were cut by glaciers long, long ago. Some of the depths get a little scary and numerous ships have been lost, never to be seen again.

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The lakes have always served as a great source of trade between Canada and the United States.  Huge tankers and liners fill the lakes for both business and tourism. The Americans, Canadians, French and British have fought over the lakes, often having to drag warships from the ocean to the lakes in order to defend, or fight, on the waters.

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And sadly, like where most humans get mixed with nature, the lakes are turning into a dumping ground for unwanted articles that no longer serve a purpose. This is what the Awareness Day is all about. Keeping the lakes clean and making people aware of just how important they are.

How to celebrate – Learn more about the Great Lakes. Make the lakes something we can all be proud of. Take a trip on a ship sailing around the lakes.

July 2nd Hop-A-Park Day

Living here in Orlando, Florida, hopping a park means something entirely different than it does across most of the rest of the world. Here for us to park-hop means to go from Disney to Disney Studios to EPCOT to Animal Kingdom. This can be fun but it also sort of stressful and really, really hot during the summer.

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For most of the rest of the world, hopping a park means going to some place you can relax and enjoy your day with a picnic or just laying out in the shade. Parks are genuinely beautiful. They are nature’s way of telling us to slow down and enjoy mother nature, even if it’s man made!

It’s a place to reflect or just let your mind go free. A chance to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy a nice refreshing breeze. Maybe go boating, or swimming, or play volleyball. To enjoy the company of those around you.

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I don’t know if there is anything as refreshing as jumping into a body of water to cool down on those really hot days. Floating leisurely around a lake as the sun sets and diving off wooden platforms into crystal clear water… now that’s the life!

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Some parks have been the site of some past not-so-pleasant historic events. It may have been where a Civil War or Revolutionary War battle took place. These sites seem particularly quiet as people pay reverence to those who fell on the field.

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The main thing is to just get out and enjoy the great outdoors.

You might want to wear a little sunscreen and wear a hat and sunglasses (seeing how it is UV Safety Month).  Shorts and t-shirts are just fine, you don’t need to dress up – the trees won’t care.

How to celebrate: Look for parks in your area where you can spend some time.  Plan a picnic for your friends and family.  Go for a walk by yourself and get your thoughts together.