Before you know it, the leaves are already changing, you see yourself needing a thick sweater during the day and all your favorite sun-soaked activities are being readied to be tucked away for another year. Yes, it’s the end of summer. Parting is such sweet sorrow. But if you must really have to say goodbye, then do it in a memorable fashion. Here are some tips to help you bid adieu to the hot season.
PACK A PICNIC
Give yourself the gift of one more meal on a blanket. Pack your favorite summer foods in a basket (PB&Js, chips, or simple pasta dishes, anyone?) and head to the park or backyard. This is even better during sunset time, when you take in the beauty of the sun fading into a burst of romantic colors, a reminisce on the summer that has been.
HIT THE SWIMMING HOLE
Some outdoor pools may already be closed due to the cooling weather, but you can always take a drive to your local river or lake and splash around somewhere natural. Most areas still have swimming-approved bodies of water but, if not, you will have just as much fun wading in a small stream as you would swimming in a big lake.
GO FOR A GOODBYE HIKE
Grab your hiking boots–it’s time to climb a mountain. Make it your mission to have those toned summer legs be put to good use, get connected with the calm setting of the elevating woods and witness the grandeur of the scenery that awaits on top. Additional idea: while on top, shout out “Goodbye summer” at the top of your lungs and hear your voice echo through all that splendid space.
HOST A BACKYARD BBQ
One of the best parts of summer is the wonderful selection of hot-weather treats to enjoy. Before you pack up the ice-cream maker and the grill, hold one last backyard BBQ to celebrate the changing seasons. Grill hamburgers and hot dogs, make ice cream or popsicles, break out the lawn games and leftover sparklers and enjoy such glee!
No matter what activity you have in mind, don’t forget about one summer essential that must actually be kept year-round: your good ol’ koozies! Because even when the hot season is fading away, drinks are still best kept cold, right?