So, you've been stuck at home, pining for the day you can shrug on your backpack and head for the hills.
Well, the good news is that we can now venture once more into the wild blue yonder and soak up all that nature has to offer.
Despite the lifting of some restrictions, with the colder weather upon us and winter approaching, chances are we're still going to be spending more time indoors.
What to do in the meantime? Bushwalking Victoria has suggested no less than 20 things to do if you're stuck inside and feeling bored. For more details, visit bushwalkingvictoria.org.au
Here are just a few of their suggestions:
- Do an audit of all your bushwalking gear. Chuck out, or give away anything that you haven't used in the past few years.
- Review your bushwalking photos, including those old colour prints stashed in the shoebox. Choose 25 of the best and create your very own 'best of bushwalks' photo book.
- Brush up on your first-aid skills. Recruit your kids to act as your patients and practice applying a triangular bandage, putting them in the recovery position and splinting a broken arm.
- Learn to play the harmonica or ukulele. This way you'll be able to surprise and entertain your fellow bushwalkers when you crowd around the campfire at night.
- Check out your local bushwalking clubs. Now that restrictions have been relaxed, local clubs will be resuming activities programs to satisfy their members' frustrations after being cooped up inside for so long. Winter is an ideal opportunity to have a go at some snow shoeing at Mt Buffalo or Falls Creek or maybe try cross country skiing.
Border Bushwalking Club (www.borderbushwalkingclub.com.au) includes snow shoeing and cross-country skiing on its activities program.