March 10, 2019 at 2:00 A.M. is the date and time that our daylight hours will begin to get much longer. Most people will not stay up until 2:00 A.M. on that day to change the time on clocks. However, some people may be a little less energized for a day or two until they get used to the “new time.” One way to avoid the drop in energy is to set your clock forward on Friday night right after you get off of work instead of waiting until early Sunday morning. That way you will not miss the hour of lost sleep on Saturday night. If you use this method, remember that any arrangements you have before Sunday morning will need to be adjusted to the “old” time so you will be on time until the new time officially arrives.
With the longer daylight and typically warmer temperatures comes the opportunity to do things you may not have been able to do during the winter. When is the last time you flew a kite? A sunny day coupled with a good March breeze can make this a fun activity for your family and you. What about disc golf? There are several courses in the Birmingham area you can play by yourself, or with friends. You can also take advantage of the 35th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Five Points South on March 16th beginning at 1:30. Afterwards you can continue your afternoon into the early evening at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. You may also cap off your day enjoying Irish fare at one of the many establishments offering food for lads and lasses alike.
Taking a hike after work, or enjoying time at the park with friends, or family is another good idea. When longer daylight hours arrive you may see neighbors out you have not seen in a while if you stroll through your neighborhood. Sitting outside on your deck, or patio and enjoying a cool evening while daylight wanes is also another good idea.
Along with longer days, spring break is happening in March for most Alabama schools, so you may choose to take advantage of a few days away. Beach trips are popular, and the mountains provide good options, but if something closer to home sounds good then consider visiting (or even staying) at a state park. There are several great state parks in Alabama that offer lodge, cabin and campground options. If a bigger city is something you enjoy, then a quick trip to Atlanta or Nashville can be fun. Whatever you choose you will be able to enjoy the longer daylight hours soon.