These days, the heat is starting to build earlier and earlier in the day, making doing the outdoor things an invitation for sweatiness and misery. But, it's still important to get out there and experience nature. We cannot confine ourselves within our AC filled homes all summer, no matter how tempting that might be.

Champaign Outdoors is offering some opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, and still beat the heat. Join up with some other early birds and try a Rise & Shine Hike at a C-U park. Yes, it will involve getting yourself out of bed earlier, but you will be able to start your day with some physical activity and fresh air.

Right now they have three events scheduled:

July 17th @ Meadowbrook Park

July 31st @ Kaufman Lake

August 14th @ Mattis Park

All hikes begin at 6:30 a.m. Check the event pages linked above for meeting spots. 

Image from Facebook event page