Think back to this week a year ago. What moments stand out? Chances are, you can’t remember anything specific. Now think back years ago, to a long-ago moment outdoors. You can still see the quivering whiskers on that mother raccoon, huddled with her cubs, just inches away as you kayaked through a mangrove tunnel. You can feel the slippery rocks beneath your boots the afternoon you picked your way across a rushing creek, and savor the warmth of the sun on your face the morning you whizzed around the lakeshore on your bike.
The most vivid moments of our lives are often those we spend outside. And in the spring in Southwest Florida, we have every reason to plunge into our glorious outdoors. From bicycling and paddling to camping and hiking, we’ve scouted out 20 adventures, ranging from mellow to heart-pounding. Find yours now.