With warmer weather and select state and local park lands open for day use, you have more options for healthy, socially distanced recreation to help cure your cabin fever. Both Washington and Oregon's park websites give an updated rundown of what's open and closed (which can change day-to-day, based on usage and risk).
Check them before you go, and keep these tips in mind to ensure you and fellow park goers enjoy a worry-less, live-more outing:
- Feeling under-the-weather? Save your adventure for another day.
- Does the park look crowded? Move on to a more secluded spot.
- Keep your visit short and sweet. In addition to campgrounds, which are closed, restrooms and other facilities are likely closed, too. (If you're picnicking, don't forget the hand sanitizer since there won't be anywhere to wash up before you eat.)
- Wear a face mask on trails and anywhere you may encounter fellow park-goers.
- Keep at least six feet of distance between you and people who don't live in your household.
- Be kind to park rangers. If they give you a reminder to increase distance, it's not because they want to ruin your fun. They just want to see you back again, healthy and happy!