I know you aren't ready to start thinking about the upcoming school year, so let's pretend that it's not happening. Instead, let's think about some last minute summer fun! Here are 10 things you can squeeze in before the stress of a new school year hits:
1. Water Day
Find your local pond, lake, or dam and do whatever your happy heart desires. Bring along (or rent) a paddle board or kayak, spend all day swimming, or even bring the fishing gear along (lunch on the lake, yum!). It's not technically summer without a good lake day!
2. Outdoor Movie Night
Picture this: a backyard full of blankets, pillows, and snacks underneath a large screen playing the ultimate summer flick (did someone say The Sandlot?). This is the best time to get friends and family together and enjoy a wholesome activity. Just don't forget the bug spray!
3. Food Trucks
Food Trucks have become more and more popular each year and they deserve some recognition, right? Find out what food trucks are in your area and take the family for dinner. There are so many options which ensure that everyone will walk away feeling full and happy. There's nothing better!
4. Local Fair
Do a little research to find out where and when your local fair will be held and make sure to go! The fair involves so many different sights and activities - there's something for everyone. And if anyone whines about it, just sign them up for the Mutton Bustin' in the Rodeo. They won't ever complain again.
5. Sunrise/Sunset Hike
Everyone loves a little extra sleep in the mornings, but you won't regret setting your alarms a bit earlier to watch the sun come up over the mountains. And if you're really not a morning person, then plan a hike for the evening and reach the top just before the sun goes down! Nothing compares with a great view and good feelings.
6. Beach Day
Just like a day on the lake, summer isn't complete without a trip to the beach. It doesn't have to be on the coast with palm trees and salty waves. Find some sand, bring a towel to lay on, and you're good to go! And by the way, building sandcastles doesn't have an age limit.
Camping is the epitome of summer time. I'll be the first to admit that I am not a happy camper, but one night usually doesn't hurt too bad. A night spent in nature, under the stars, with a warm fire and good people makes the next morning exhaustion completely worth it.
A road trip across the country is always a fun idea, but if you're not feeling days of driving you can settle for something a little less extensive. I think any time spent in the car can be a road trip if you wanted to make it one. Going across the state? Road trip. Going to visit your parents? Road trip. Going to the grocery store? Road trip. The possibilities are endless.
9. Local Food Market
Most towns have a local food market where people can buy locally grown and sourced food. What better way to love your town than by shopping locally and showing your support for small businesses and people? When buying local, you know exactly what you're getting and you can feel good about the products you purchase! Plus, it's always fun to walk around and see what everyone has and how hard they have worked to share it with you.
Host a cookout with all the amazing food you picked up at your local food market! Invite all your friends, family, and neighbors over to share in the deliciousness. Add a couple of pretty outdoor string lights and you are set to be the envy of of the town. Happy last weeks of summer!