Posted on August 20 2018
Oh shit, it's November and the leaves have fallen. Winter is setting in, the air around is starting to chill, and that is the unfortunate moment when you realize that you have procrastinated your summer plans away--you never got a chance to do that one thing, your favorite thing. Regret kicks in. You can't help but feel even more upset about the impending winter months. You will now have to wait seven more months to do that thing, why didn't you do it while you had the chance? Why did you choose to stay in and watch Netflix?
It's late August, but hot summer air is still around. "Remember how much fun floating down the river was last summer? Why haven't I done that this year?" you ask yourself. You decide to make a bucket list of your favorite summer things while you still have time (and yes, you do still have time). Here are some of the ones you might want to make time for:
Hike a new trail
Even the most mundane of places can still have hidden gems of hiking or walking trails, it may just take a little work or a short drive to find them. Drop all expectations, and decide to find a new place to explore before the frost hits. If you don't know where to start, try downloading the AllTrails app for trail ideas other people have recorded. Better yet, reach out to a friend or an outdoorsy person and ask what trails they have explored lately.
Make a meal from farm(er’s market) to table
Is food from the farmers market really a million times more delicious, or is it just in our heads?? What we do know is that it feels incredibly romantic and European to stroll through the booths of fresh veggies, pastries and flowers at the market with a basket under arm and cash to spend. Grab what is in season and take it home for the freshest meal you've had in a while. Our favorite meal is an easy Pizza. You'll want to buy a pizza crust from the baker, as well as an onion, garlic, tomatoes, oregano, and basil for the sauce, then whatever toppings you like on your pizza. We like fresh mozzarella and sausage. Don't forget to take advantage of your access to the farmer and ask about the best ways to prepare your new items!
Float down a river
Your river float packing list should include the following: loads of friends, inflated tubes for each, a cord to connect your tubes, an extra tube for your cooler of beer, waterproof Chacos, a waterproof cell phone pouch (so you can sneak a few photos, of course!), your ID, and hours of free time.
See or set off fireworks
Skip this one if you live somewhere dry, in a drought, or unsafe. Oh, and be cool--think about people with PTSD, kiddos or scared dogs and don't do this in public spaces. If all of those things check out, grab your supplies and light up the sky!
See a drive-in movie
If you are a fan of time with your friends or partners, snacks, the outdoors, and film, then combine all of your favorite things into one summer activity-- a drive-in movie. These films are usually shown in a set of two, one fit for kids, followed by a more adult film, and start once the sun goes down.
Watch the sun rise
Unless you work a mean early shift, watching the sun rise is something that is rarely done. Whether it be from a camping trip, an early morning hike, a climb to the top of a building, or during a road trip from your car, watch the magic that rises from the east.
All photos by Sarah Grunder Photography