For some reason, people seem to think that in order to get a “true” outdoor expirience, you need to go somewhere remote, somewhere out of the city limits. This way of thinking can be a huge obstacle to work around if you like being outside, but are stuck in an urban environment. Take it from me though, with a little looking you can find tons of places to spend the afternoon outside in the city.
I live in the middle of the twin cities in Minnesota, a place most wouldn’t consider very outdoorsy. But from my few years of expirience, I have found a number of things within the city limits that look like a scene straight out of an adventure movie. Just yesterday, I was exploring down by the river and ran across some ice climbers climbing up a wall of ice formed by drainage pipes. I killed two hours just taking pictures and climbing around.
I did a lot of exploring this past summer, and found some great fishing spots ten minutes away on my bike. Not busy with school, I was able to get up early and go spend the day fishing from a hammock without a care in the world. When I got bored, I took the bike and explored the dozens of small dirt trails that any park like that is bound to have, and ran across some very cool caves and log structures.
These places may not be very big, nor very solitary (the ice wall sat in the corner of two major roads) but they will suffice for an evening of exploring. I challenge you to get out in your city, go explore some of the nooks and crannies and see what kinds of things you can find for a wilderness place to escape to after a long days work.
-The Urban Outdoorsman