We hate to admit it, but the days are getting shorter and the evenings getting cooler. The last official weekend of summer is coming up. If you live in the northern areas, it won’t be long before you’ll be stuck inside and wishing for spring. I’m writing this now in the evening and have my windows open in my office while listening to crickets and frogs. I’m wearing shorts and a tank. I know in a few weeks I’ll have a sweater or wrap on and the windows will be closed.
So what are you planning to do this weekend? Here are a few suggestions:
1. Backyard barbecue. Set up tables and eat outside. Not too original but how many nice days are left? And how many people will be inside watching TV or sports, playing on their computer? Set up lawn games too. Play Frisbee, horseshoes, volleyball, quoites. Quoites? I never heard of them either until I moved to Pennsylvania. It’s similar to horseshoes but you toss rubber rings onto a spike attached to a slate board. Not that easy.
2. Canoe or raft trip. The water is still warm so rent a canoe or float down river on an inner tube. There are lots of places where you can rent them.
3. Hiking trails. Whether you’re an amateur or wilderness junkie, there’s a hike for you. I live near the Appalachian Trail and there are a number of places I can do a day hike or a hike for a couple hours. Google: “Hiking Trails” for your particular state for locations and ideas. Here’s a good link with great information. http://wilderness.org/article/tips-great-hiking?gclid=CNe7gKLIkLICFYNM4AodkDUAxA
Bushkill Falls in the Poconos
4. Golfing. Dh is taking his nephew on a golfing trip on Monday. We’ll have the barbecue after. Not a golfer? Try miniature golf.
5. Renaissance Faire. If you live anywhere near Manheim, PA. Check out the Renaissance Faire. It goes from August 4-October 28. http://www.parenfaire.com/
6. Outdoor Music Festivals or Parade. Check your area for music festivals, parades or concerts in the parks.
7. Bike rides. Again I’m talking about my neighborhood. We have a biking trail system called Rails to Trails, where they’ve turned the old railroad track system into biking trails. http://www.railstotrails.org/index.html What do they have in your area?
8. Beach trip. One of my very favorite places to be is the ocean. In Jersey-speak: the shore. Spend the weekend or the day if you’re close.
9. Winery. I love wine. White is my fav. But I have never been to a winery. On my To do list is a trip to Sonoma Valley or Napa Valley.
10. Camping Trip. As a kid that’s all we did for vacation is camp. We started out in tents then progressed to a pop-up camper. I spent many summers on The Cape (Cape Cod) or the Jersey Shore. Where did you go for vacation as a kid? Lots of great memories.Cape Cod National Seashore