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As I get ready to head out for a fun weekend of camping with some friends, I’m finding myself inspired to write about the great outdoors! We nerds are not exactly known for our love of outdoor adventuring, but with so much gorgeous, sunny weather (especially if you live in the Midwest and you know just how fast this season tends to fly by), indoor activities tend to kind of feel like a waste in the summertime.
There are lots of great ways to take advantage of the great weather while engaging in glorious nerdery at the same time — here are a few ideas!
Taking indoor activities outside
This is one of my favorite on the list, because it’s the best of both worlds–you get to do something you love doing all year round, but you also get to soak in the warmth and sun at the same time! Grab a book and a quilt and read in the yard for a while; bring your laptop outside and get to work on your latest story; take your sketchbook to a pretty spot and do some drawing; even have a backyard movie screening — this can be as simple as watching something on Netflix with a friend, or setting up a projector and screen and having your own outdoor movie theater!
Outdoor role-playing games
This type of activity is generally for the more committed nerds among us, but can yield lots of fun possibilities! Summer is the best time for those of you who are into LARPing (Live Action Role-Playing), Belegarth (a type of role-play that involves fighting with homemade foam weapons), and the like. You and your D&D group could find a spot in a park to run your next session, or even have a session on a camping trip, like we and our other two Dungeons & Flagons players did last summer!
If you’re part of a fan group that sometimes takes part in cosplay, consider planning or attending a cosplay outing, or even just having a fun hangout time in the park with your group! It’s always great to have another good excuse to cosplay, and doing so with your group in a public spot can lead to some fun conversations with passersby, and maybe even a chance to do a little role-playing! When I was at the zoo last week, I saw an anime group having an event like this in a nearby park, cosplay and all, and it looked like such a great time!
Attend a festival or outdoor convention
If you do a little looking and asking around, I bet you’ll find that there are lots of this type of event near you! Things like your local Renaissance Festival, art shows, cultural festivals (Peder’s and my favorite is Obon, a Japanese lantern-lighting festival held in a nearby park every August), or outdoor events promoting a movie release or other nerdy event, are great ways to enjoy some time outside with fellow nerds. These are often great chances to dress up as well, whether it’s in Renaissance garb, traditional dress (like yukatas at Obon! I still want to do this…), or good ol’ fashioned cosplay. Just come prepared to get a little extra-warm if you do dress up!
Obviously I had to mention this one! This uber-popular game has taken over pretty much everywhere, and when you see someone walking around with phone in hand, there’s a really good chance they’re trying to catch ’em all. Not only is the game a great excuse to get outside and go for a nice walk, it’s also inspired a lot of meetups in parks and other public spaces; game players come by the thousands to catch Pokemon together and meet other players. And I have to say, with all the stuff that’s been going on recently, it sure is wonderful and refreshing to see tons of people, sometimes with very little in common, bonding over something as simple as a fun new game.
These are just a few fun ideas to inspire you to enjoy some outdoor nerding, but there are many more possibilities! What’s your favorite nerdy activity to do outside? What new activity would you like to try out?
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