Outdoor Hobbies: Connecting with Nature
Between lockdowns, teleworking, and online learning, one of the key features of the pandemic was simply being stuck at home.
Simply getting out of the house became a primary way for people to cope, demonstrated by the number of cars parked on the mountainside below. Whether it be hiking, gardening, or other activities, outdoor hobbies gave a way for people to safely escape lockdown periods and connect to the world around them. According to one source, in the United States alone "7.1 million more Americans participated in outdoor recreation in 2020 than in the year prior"
According to the CDC, outdoor activities during the pandemic serve as a significantly safer way to both exercise and interact with others.
"What do you do when you cannot do what you normally do? The answer for many Arizonians, and visitors, has been outdoor activities! Hiking, biking or simply going to the park." - Franco Farina
"The spring, fall, and winter lockdown in southern Arizona were fabulous in that I was able to enjoy the outdoors more than when I was in the office" - Sharon Hunt
"With so many places closed down, people were forced to go outside and enjoy forests, beaches, yards, etc. I was one of these people, and I discovered a talent for gardening.... I grew potatoes, onions, flowers, herbs- anything that could be planted, I planted!" - Claire Lavarreda