On Sunday, March 10, 2013, most Americans will pull the clocks off their wall and move the small hand forward one hour to honor the almost century long tradition of daylight savings. As we prepare to “spring forward” it’s important to look back at the history of our time honored transition.
Daylight savings was originally an idea thought up by the man who brought us bifocals, electricity, and freedom… that’s right, Benjamin Franklin. Ben Franklin, who famously said, “Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” conjured up the idea of daylight savings while in Paris around 1784. He noticed the Parisians rise early to work which helped them to conserve their candles. Even though it was Franklin who first conceived the idea of daylight savings, America didn’t adopt the practice until 1918.
The original purpose of daylight savings was to shift one hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. With oil being a scarce commodity during that time to have one more hour of daylight in the evening would help to offset the rising energy consumption. Daylight savings also pushed an extra hour of daylight to the evening for those farmers who so desperately needed the sunlight to work.
Daylight savings may not have the same meaning it did when it was implemented, but it does ensure for us an extra hour of Texas outdoor fun. Here are a few outdoor activities you can enjoy in Texas with the extra daylight.
- Canoeing: The Lone Star State has more than 3,700 streams, 15 major rivers, and 3,300 mile of Gulf Coast to explore. You’re gonna need that extra hour of daylight to canoe your way through the waterways of our great state.
- Hiking: Texas has thousands of miles to trek. Texas’ Big Bend Hiking Trail has been considered one of the best day hikes in America by Backpacker Magazine. Daylight savings is on your side giving you the maximum amount of time to reach the top of the Far West Texas trail.
- Biking: There are hundreds of great places to bike around Texas, yet the Texas Hill Country offers the most scenic trails to ride with your family. When you squeeze in that extra hour of biking be sure to thank Ben Franklin for his cockamamie idea to move time.
There never seems to be enough daylight to accomplish all our tasks in one Texas day, at least we have daylight savings squeezing that extra bit of sunlight out for us. Don’t forget to take some of that precious time to mosey on over to Texas Treats for all your Texas themed gifts, snacks, and sweets!