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Ahhh. . . Summer!

Ahhh. . . Summer!

It’s finally here. The sun is shining, the bees are buzzing, the kids are . . . well . . . out of school. They are out of school, but have not yet uttered the dread words, “I’m bored.” Ahhh. June, when summer is fresh and new and exciting. For students and schoolteachers (and anyone else who gets a nice long summer break), “June” sounds a lot like “Woohoo!”

For everyone who does not get a nice long summer break, here’s hoping that you’ve got some vacation days coming. Or you can take advantage of these looooooong summer days, and enjoy the glory of the great outdoors when your day’s work is ended. Because there is beauty waiting to be beheld! There is fun waiting to be had! There are fish waiting to be caught! (Actually, the fish are probably not waiting for that :)

So, where to begin? Well, a great place to start is in the water. Lakes, rivers, oceans, even swimming pools, offer splendor and solace. And fun!

  • Build a sandcastle.
  • Walk along the beach and watch the sun set.
  • Collect seashells.
  • Swim in the lake, or just roll up your pants’ legs and wade in a creek.
  • Rent (or borrow) a canoe or kayak and spend the afternoon paddling.
  • Go fishing!
  • Splash with your neighbors at a community pool.

The summer also offers non-water-related fun. You can have some old-fashioned fun:

  • Pick-your-own berries/fruit at a nearby farm. Here’s a helpful list of pick-your-own farms.
  • Find a local farmer’s market and enjoy the incredible produce of the summer.
  • Go to the county fair, marvel at the size of THAT produce, and maybe even win a prize J
  • Pack a picnic and enjoy it at the park.
  • Grab that picnic blanket and lie back and enjoy an outdoor concert.  If you can’t find an outdoor concert, bring along your music player and make your own.
  • Play a game of tennis, or Frisbee, or a round of miniature golf.
  • Watch a baseball game (it doesn’t need to be the Major League or even the Minor League — your local Little League game can be great fun!)
  • Find that old tent and Coleman stove, and go camping.
  • Visit a Botanic Garden, or just visit your neighbor’s garden, and enjoy the splendor of the summer blooms.
  • Go for a hike.
  • Rent a bike!
  • Have a Neighborhood Block Party! Fire up the grill and organize some kid games.

OR . . . just hang up a hammock and take a nap :) 

Whatever your pleasure . . . Get out there and bask in the beauty, the warmth, the sensation that is Summer!