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Autism and the Outdoors

Riley McCullar is a hubpage author who writes articles about defining what is life from past to future withouthaving politics involved ever!

How can someone with Autism enjoy the Outdoors without limits?

Let me tell you my story, once upon a time when I was 8 years old, i was on the grandpa's boat fishing. The only part that held me back was not liking the big motors on his boat where it was loud. After several fishing trips, my grandpa decided not to bring me anymore for a year of course. So in this article, nobody should be hold back from outdoor activities like hunting fishing, camping, skiing, hiking, etc due to physical, sensory, and social limitations. This is why in this article, I am going to say that you do not need to limit yourself to enjoy the outdoor activities.

Temple Grandin Quote

“I don’t want my thoughts to die with me, I want to have done something. I’m not interested in power, or piles of money. I want to leave something behind. I want to make a positive contribution - know that my life has meaning.”

A pond at Tinkham Campground

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While camping at Tinkham Campground on Fathers day weekend in 2019, I did both cycling and hiking to the pond displaying the image above. It is Actually not far from my campground. (see map below)

Tinkham Campground

Picture of a Water Fall outside of Snoqualmie Pass

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The next day, I went hiking to this waterfall climbing down steep hills and stepping on rocks without a second though. This is where I took The picture of the first part of the falls.

Did You Know?

These pictures were taken in Washington state in the United States of America just in case if you do not where Snoqualmie Pass is (see map below).

Map

Picture of Thomas Falls outside of Snoqualmie Pass

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The backside of the falls which I hiked on the same day leading into the South Fork Snoqualmie River.

Conclusion

To Sum it all up, holding back people with autism from outdoor activities due to physical, sensory, and social limitations is absolutely unacceptable. My experience of the great outdoors while living on the Autism spectrum was over the years of camping, hiking, fishing, skiing, etc. Going camping on Fathers day proofs a point that I have been doing this for years and I do not let my autism stop me from doing that.

© 2019 Riley McCullar

Comments

Liz Westwood from UK on June 25, 2019:

Great photos and an inspiring article about the importance of the outdoors for everyone.

Ashly Christen from Illinois on June 23, 2019:

Never lose your sense of wonder and adventure!

Nature is a place I personally love to go to refresh, regroup, destress, and sometimes find some inspiration

Lorna Lamon on June 23, 2019:

Wonderful article and I believe that people with autism thrive in the outdoors. Great tips and beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing.