Staff Picks: What is your favorite way to connect with nature?

Spring has sprung. With so many sunny days ahead, the last thing we want to do is spend them indoors. Check out our staff members’ favorite ways to connect with nature and enjoy some fresh air.

Danielle Pucillo, multimedia manager, said:

“I like to think of natural areas as my place of rest and renewal, and feel that I am able to better commune with my spiritual side. Occasionally I practice what is known in Japan as ‘Shinrin-yoku,’ or forest bathing. Shinrin-yoku is essentially just spending time alone in the woods, exploring and contemplating with no technology or other people to disturb you. It is incredibly therapeutic. I recommend it to anyone who needs to relieve stress.”

Grace Ducanis, co-editor-in-chief, said:

“For me, there’s no better way to reconnect with nature than to take a hike, preferably in the mountains. Unfortunately, the only mountains Florida has are literally trash. Some of my favorite places I’ve hiked are Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and Glacier National Park in Montana.”

Domenique Olesen, distribution manager, said:

“My favorite way to connect with nature is by fishing. I have been fishing since I was four years old and have been hooked ever since. I try and catch anything I can, from small sunfish to species as big as sharks. Nature is an adventure waiting to be explored.”

Jeweliana Register, arts and entertainment editor, said:

“My favorite way to connect with nature is to just get outside. I really enjoy being near the water, so when I feel like I need to reconnect with nature I go to the beach or some other body of water. I really like taking my yorkie for walks around a lake or hanging out with friends at the beach.”

Trent Strafaci, sports intern, said:

“My call of nature has to be playing golf either early in the morning or around sunset, hearing the birds chirp and seeing the sunrise and sunset. It is something that calms and soothes me. It is my alone time and helps me clear my head and forget about some of the stressful things going on that day.”

Melissa Boneta, news editor, said:

“My favorite way to connect with nature is by getting active doing literally anything. I love biking, walking, running, paddle boarding, kayaking and longboarding. I love feeling fresh air all around me and being out where there are no restrictions. Being inside all day for school and work can be so bland after a while. When I need a refresher I go outside, take deep breaths and just look around, connecting to my inner transcendentalist.”

Nicole Chavannes, copy editor, said:

“My favorite way to connect with nature is by driving down to the beach, parking in the shade, getting out my handy-dandy beach chairs and large tent – small gazebo, really – and setting it up in the sand. I can watch the waves crash on the shore from the shade of the tent, cool off in the salty water and dry off in the warmth of the sun. It’s the perfect combination of nature and comfort.”

Carli Lutz, chief of visual design, said:

“To connect with nature, I usually bring all of my work outside with me when I’m feeling like I need to get out into the sunshine. Whether it be the work I do here at The Current or artwork I’m working on, I take it outside with me to enjoy some fresh air and try to get out of the office for a little while in order to not lose my mind.”

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