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Outdoor Activities that are Better with Coffee

Most of life's activities are improved with a cup of coffee in hand, and that includes the outdoors. When you're looking to enhance your time with nature, turn to a fresh batch of java to get you there. From hiking to picnics to gardening, all of it can be improved with some coffee. Here's how to incorporate it into your outdoor activities.

A beautiful, panoramic view of the sunrise is the perfect backdrop to enjoying a fresh cup of coffee. Be sure to pack a thermos of iced coffee in your bag to really enjoy your time immersed in nature. After all, you'll need to stay hydrated while you're climbing the mountain, and it will be pretty early. Choosing coffee to quench your thirst will leave you refreshed and ready to begin the long journey back down. 

Fresh fruit, a simple PB&J and sweet and salty trail mix are all classic picnic foods. Coincidentally, all of these snacks also pair perfectly with coffee. Prepare for your picnic the night before by brewing a big batch of coffee using the Mr. Coffee® Versatile Brew 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker and Hot Water Dispenser, and allow it to cool before storing in the fridge. If you'd like, save a small portion of the coffee for ice cubes. Pour it into ice trays and keep them in the freezer overnight. The next morning, pour coffee and the cubes into a big travel pitcher and tuck it away in your basket. 

Take a break from gardening and pour yourself some coffee.Take a break from gardening and pour yourself some coffee.

Those with green thumbs know how relaxing it can be to wake up early in the morning and tend to a garden. Digging up weeds and planting fresh flowers and vegetables not only gives you beautiful and fresh produce later on, but it's also a calm activity that can reduce stress. Relieve your worries even further by keeping a hot cup of coffee nearby while you work. In between planting, you can take a soothing sip of java and truly enjoy your time outdoors.

Beach Days
What's better than an active day spent laying out in the sun with the relaxing sound of crashing waves in the background? Doing all of that with a big glass of iced coffee in hand. It's great to take a refreshing swig while you watch the tide come in. Plus, the sun can sap your energy after a while. Drinking coffee helps restore your spunk and gives you the fuel you need to own the makeshift volleyball court. Just be sure to pack your cooler with enough ice and keep it under the shade of an umbrella. There's nothing worse than drinking watered down coffee that's been sitting in the sun all day.

Keep your energy high at your next pool party.Keep your energy high at your next pool party.

Pool Parties
Splashing around a pool is great, but it can be even better with the right refreshments. In addition to cold bottled water, stock your fridge with iced coffee. The drink will be a sweet, tasty refreshment that rejuvenates your senses. One glass of iced coffee, and you'll be more than ready to jump in and show guests your best cannonball into the deep end.

Outdoor Yoga
Get in touch with nature and strike a few poses outdoors. You'll feel more serene and refreshed - similar to the feeling you get from a nice, steaming cup of java. Pour yourself a cup of coffee to enhance your time stretching and meditating. It sure beats holding the downward dog for a count of 10 while you're cooped up indoors!