By Zach Kersh
Most high school students do not have an excess of money sitting around for them to spend. Only upperclassmen have jobs to make money. However, Spring Break should be enjoyed by everyone as a time off from school and for relaxation as students approach the final quarter of the school year. Here are some of our favorite ways to have fun on a budget:
Going Hiking With Friends
In the Spring it is almost always perfect weather for a nice hike on a trail with your friends. It won’t be too hot or too cold, therefore it will not be uncomfortable when one is on a hike. Also hikes are beneficial to the body. Try inviting friends to make it a more interesting experience; the more friends the better. We recommend the Triadelphia Reservoir or Western Regional Park
Picnic in the Park:
When the weather is nice in the spring, and you are looking for a way to have a good time, a picnic in the park is a great option because it is completely free. In most places, the park is free for the public. It is not necessary to to bring super exotic food or eat fancy food to impress someone. Try to get creative as possible with the foods. We recommend pasta salad since it is healthy, good for outdoors, tastes good, and can include a wide variety of foods. We recommend Western Regional Park or Blandair Park.
In the Spring, many fish are just coming up from a long winter under water. This will be a perfect opportunity to go get the first catch of the year. Spring break is meant to act as a break from school. There’s no better way to relax than go fishing. Quietly alone or competitively with friends, fishing will always be a top leisure activity. Glenelg ninth grade Niko Garbis explains, “It’s a fun way to hang out with friends and I enjoy the thrill of catching the fish. I also like the competition of catching the largest fish and the places you can go and explore.” Grab the rods and tackle and try to relax while enjoying the outdoors and nature. Good fishing locations are a local reservoir or the Patapsco River.
Grow a Flower Garden:
Simply go to a store such as Home Depot and purchase soil, flower seeds, and a shovel to have on hand. The fun part about this is how many choices one has on what flowers to plant. Anyone can plant a garden! Try it in combination or arrange them in a colorful pattern so that all of the plants look beautiful together. It is interesting and exciting seeing them grow over time. By the end of the spring your flowers will be fully bloomed and look amazing! According to the National Gardening Survey, over the past three years, thirteen million more Americans have participated in gardening.
Go for a Bike Ride:
A bike ride is a great activity for the spring because it will feel good in the cool spring weather. Bike rides are a great way to get good exercise, see the nature in one’s community, and kill some time in an overall productive way. Like many of these other activities, bringing friends can only increase the fun. While riding, listening to music can make the experience even more exciting. So put in earbuds, strap on a helmet, and start pedaling! Popular biking trails in maryland include: The Patapsco Valley State Park and Jones Falls Trail.
Go to the Park and Play Sports with your Friends;
Playing sports with friends is entertaining as well as good exercise for the body. Some sports that are most common to play are ultimate frisbee, two hand touch football, and soccer. Glenelg Freshman, Tristan Peck, states, “It’s become a routine for me; going to Western Regional, not just for practice but hanging out with friends and talking. I highly recommend trying it.” At a park, there are usually numerous things one can do. Find something that suits your preference and have at it.
In our opinion, Spring is the best season of the year. By now, people are tired of the cold and snow and would rather have warm yet breezy weather, similar to Spring. Nature is reviving again, creating beautiful scenery that has not been seen for six months. It is the best chance to go outside and have fun with your friends before it gets too warm in the Summer, All in all spring is an amazing time. One should not have to spend large amounts of money in order to enjoy themselves.