It's true, the city is great, but sometimes it's nice to get away and smell the flowers. If you get the itch for a nearby, yet somewhat out of town trip that embraces the outdoors, consider a trip to your nearest L.L. Bean.
L.L. Bean offers Walk On Adventures for $20 where you can explore an outdoor sport of your choosing. Over the Memorial Day weekend, I opted to try kayaking at the L.L. Bean location in Dedham, MA, (which is commuter rail accessible). For those of you who have never been kayaking before, this is a good way to learn how to do it inexpensively as well as have access to trained and experienced professionals. Each L.L. Bean location offers a different selection of adventures, so be sure to check out the website to find the right activity for you. If you are willing to travel up to Freeport, Maine, the location of the flagship store, you will have more adventures than you can possibly imagine - and it may be worth a long weekend.
If you decide to kayak, here's a few tips I can offer you in terms of preparation:
--Bring a bottle of water
--Wear clothes that can get wet - in other words, don't try to look cute. You will sweat and smell like pond scum when you're finished.
--A light snack to enjoy afterwards (or while on the water). My well-prepared roommate brought trail mix for the group, and it was *perfect*.
What's next for me? A trip to a local bakery. Stay tuned.