Picnicking, the best way to escape


Photo courtesy Ruth Dai

Sophomores Ruth Dai and Angela Gu enjoy a picnic in Dai’s backyard.

Emma Song, staff writer

Now that the weather is getting warmer, everyone is itching to get out and enjoy the sun. A fun and relaxing way to spend time with family, friends or even by yourself is to go on a picnic. It’s the perfect weather for an outdoor meal, and you can enjoy a nice view or fun activity somewhere while getting away from responsibilities and stressful distractions of life. Basking in the warmth of the sunlight flickering through the trees, you enjoy the company of a friend (and many delicious snacks). The sounds of chirping birds and humming cicadas surround you, replace the hustle and bustle of honking cars and deafening highways. It isn’t easy to find peaceful places to get away, but there is always some sort of paradise you can find no matter where you live. Here are some enjoyable, relaxing ways to enjoy this spring.


Where to Go?

Going on a picnic doesn’t require a sunset view or a huge hike. It’s just a way to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Find somewhere that you feel like you’re getting away, and it doesn’t have to be far. You could even have it in your backyard. Some places in our area are perfect for picnics. Close by is Seneca Creek State Park with a nice hill overlooking the lake; perfect for picnics and sunset pictures. Black Hill Regional Park is also a wonderful place to go picnicking; you also can enjoy other activities such as kayaking/canoeing, paddle boarding, and fishing. The lake there is huge, and offers boat rentals. If you are more active and enjoy hiking, check out the hiking overlook at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The summit of the Maryland Heights trail overlooks the small town of Harpers Ferry, offering a gorgeous view of the sunset and the historical town. After hiking, you can visit the outdoor shops for ice cream or sit outside in the park and enjoy your picnic. 


What to eat?

For many, the most exciting part of a picnic is the food. Make sure to pack some delicious and easy-to-eat finger foods or snacks, and if you have the time, maybe even prepare a charcuterie board or cake. Lunchbox cakes and mini charcuterie boards have been popular, an aesthetic and fun way to enjoy a yummy snack. Pack your boards full of crackers, dips, meat, cheese and cut fruits. Sandwiches, pizza and chips are also an easy and delightful way to go. Sparkling water or cider is a nice way to pair it off, and in the warmth of summer make sure to pack it in a cooler. 


What to do?
Some may think that picnicking may get boring (after you finish eating), but there are so many activities you can do. If you’re into art, bring a canvas and paint while you enjoy the sun. You can even do reverse glass painting if you don’t really consider yourself an artist. All you need to do is trace the image you want, and then paint it on the other side. You can also paint shoes or jeans, and you can even make accessories. If you’re the more active type, bring badminton rackets, a volleyball or go on a biking trail. There are endless ways to enjoy the outdoors without getting bored. If you’re not up to any of these activities, there’s nothing wrong with just enjoying the sun, reading a book or taking a nap. This is your picnic, so do whatever makes you feel relaxed and content. Hopefully, you find a nice way to get outside and enjoy nature, especially after being cooped up for so long.