Sep 20, 2014
Sending off the summer season the right way
I was checking my Facebook feed one day when I came across an article headline that said, “Meteorologists predict record-shattering snowfall coming soon.”
For a person whose favorite season is summer, it scared me bad enough to check to see if it was a hoax (and thank goodness it was. See the article here). Although the whole ordeal is over, it still has me planning out my days to take advantage of the last few days of the summer weather. I thought I’d share two of my personal favorite activities that help me forget about the onset of the freezing cold.
Go stand-up paddleboarding
This is my absolute go-to because it’s so peaceful and you often get to see the birdlife. Going out to the lake (or the ocean if you’re on the coast) and paddling on the smooth water next to the shoreline is one of the most relaxing things you can do.
It’s easy to get the hang of, relatively inexpensive to do, and you can do it inland. Rentals cost anywhere between $7 an hour to $50 for 24 hours. Depending on when or where you go, you may want booties and a wetsuit if it’s chilly out.
Throw another summer party
Don’t put your grill away just yet. I think it’s safe to say that we all like summer fresh foods, so throw one more grill party with some summer fresh salads and fruits in there. If you want to take it up a notch, do it at the park. Be sure to bring the volleyball and frisbee along. Here are some recipes to try out:
Tomato Orecchiette with Brie and Basil: This is my absolute favorite summer salad. I tend to use a little bit more olive oil than they ask for.
Grilled Asparagus: It’s extremely simple and really tasty.
Grilled Fish Tacos with chipotle-lime dressing: I was going to put grilled salmon, but I’m a sucker for chipotle dressing. The tilapia is cheaper too.
Sunday-best fruit salad: Apple salads are the way to go since fall is apple season. This is also a relatively simple recipe too.
In any case, I hope you get out and enjoy the last days of the summer season and that by the end of it, you’ll be able to say: