Summer is a time to enjoy early morning sunrises, sun bathing, and camping. In my case, summer must include at least one mimosa-fueled eco-friendly lakeside picnic brunch. Let me help you experience the same.
Life at an Iowa Lake House
My parents have a place in Okoboji, part of the “Iowa Great Lakes” – a recreational boaters dream. But, early in the morning, the lake is reminiscent of a secluded and peaceful oasis. I usually prefer the latter, due to the glass-like boat-free water and clean air.
Still, a nearby paddle boarder breaks tradition. He paddles to work with a smile and a cooler and backpack strapped to the backside of his board. During patriotic summer holidays, he even attaches a large American flag to his cargo.
Many birds hover above a healthy fish population, visible from the shoreline. Sailboats form regattas at the lake’s southern end, powered by the strong Midwestern wind. This same wind power helped Iowa rank third in non-hydroelectric renewable energy generation.
I prefer to relish in these types of lakeside perks.
6 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Picnic
1. Reduce your carbon travel footprint. Carpool, bike, walk, or paddle board 🙂 to your final dream destination
2. Wear eco-friendly sunscreen. Or, use physical barriers to guard your skin from those powerful summer rays.
3. Choose organic, plant-based, seasonal, and local food with minimal to zero waste. The end of summer usually provides an abundance of food meeting all the above criteria. For my own picnic, I chose fresh cherries and spiced cashews. Both items purchased from bulk bins at a nearby natural grocery store.
4. Pack your snacks in reusable cloth bags, glass, or metal containers.
5. Ditch the electronics and enjoy the natural beauty of your surroundings. Scared you may get bored with your own thoughts? Bring a reference book to help you identify local wildlife.
6. I shouldn’t have to say it – but don’t leave anything behind. The following scene from Mad Men comes to mind. Although this may seem like a remnant of the past, we aren’t quite there yet. And, if you’ve packed using zero waste principles, a trash can may not even be necessary.
Share your thoughts
Did I miss anything? Do you have any lessons learned from your own eco-friendly picnic experiences? Share below! Otherwise, be sure to soak in these last few weeks of summer. Peace, love, happiness, and sunrise (or sunset) picnic wishes to all.