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Green Your Life: A Very Green Spring Break

3/23/2009 3:38:16 PM

Tags: green your life, dani hurst, vacation, staycation, green vacation, eco-friendly vacation, green spring break

Last week was spring break, and I had a blast. I also realized that while breaks are a great time to kick back and relax, that doesn’t mean you have to take a break from your eco-friendly lifestyle. Here is how I lived it up while keeping the planet in mind.

First, I drove up to Des Moines, Iowa, to see my boyfriend. My new car gets a little better gas mileage than my old one, but it’s still no hybrid. However, what made this trip particularly green was that I took on another passenger that was headed my way. A friend of mine needed a lift up there, so we went together instead of taking separate cars.

In Des Moines, my boyfriend and I spent much of the time doing things that required little to no external energy sources. We spent two afternoons feeding geese and ducks by a cemetery pond. This was a nice way to spend some time outside in the beautiful weather and to interact with nature. We walked to the grocery store and rode our bikes together just for fun. We watched Netflix movies that were shipped to my apartment instead of having to drive all over town looking for movies we wanted to watch. (While I understand that it still takes energy to ship these movies, we didn’t have to waste gas or time on our end, so I still think the effect is positive overall.) We also cooked outside on the grill a few times, alleviating the need to power up any electric appliances. And, when we weren’t doing any of those things, we were mostly just spending time together at home.

We drove back to Kansas mid-break to see his parents, and to chill out in Lawrence at my apartment. While in Lawrence, we spent two afternoons riding the tandem bicycle he bought us for our three-year anniversary. I like to call it “bike-pooling.”


Although this isn’t our exact tandem bicycle, this is what it looks like. Riding a tandem bicycle is an awesome way for two people to get somewhere and have fun in the process. By bert_m_b/Courtesy Flickr

To save gas, we stayed in to watch basketball (instead of venturing to a bar).. The fantastic weather also afforded me the luxury of finally turning off my heating unit in my apartment, and I even opened the windows to feel the breeze.

On Sunday, when my boyfriend finally had to travel back to Des Moines, he took a Greyhound bus from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, instead of both of us driving our cars to Kansas from Des Moines, and then him driving back.

This may not seem like the most exciting spring break, but I am more than content with how it turned out. Not only did I get to spend time with someone I love, but I also found ways to stay green while still having fun.

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