7 Things To Do Before Summer Ends
Well, September is here and that means we’ve got less than a month before the official summer season comes to a close — 17 days and counting. In just a little over two weeks we’ll be plummeted into rain, falling leaves, and increasingly colder winds (at least for those of us in the northern states). So, in the spirit of making the most of what we have, here is our watchLAB list of the 7 things you should do before the summer ends:
1) Grill some meat:
Whether it’s a BBQ, a block party, or just a small grill you place on the sidewalk, one of my favorite parts of the summer is always the grilled food. And the list of options is endless. Now this might not be fair to our vegetarian friends, but I’d go out on a limb and say that some of the best vegetables I’ve ever had were grill-marked. So invite some friends over, buys some food, and fire up the grill just one last time.
2) Play in the water:
It may be illegal to swim in Lake Michigan here in the Chicagoland area, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from getting one last splash in the summer-warmed water. Your options include: Oceans, lakes, sprinklers, fire hydrants, and rain storms (puddles need not apply).
3) See some fireworks:
Disneyland might have fireworks all year round, but not all of us have the luxury of the magic kingdom. Usually our firework consumption is limited to the 4th of July, but there’s something about exploding colors in the sky and falling ashes that just screams summer to me. So go out there (legally, mind you) and set those bottle rockets off into the sky.
4) Roast a marshmallow:
Crunchy graham crackers, melting nuggets of chocolate, and the sticky gooey goodness of a lightly grilled marshmallow — there’s nothing quite like a summer with s’mores. Now, I’m not even the biggest fans of those cloudy puffs of sugar, but something about pulling that sticky mess off a stick unlocks all the happiness of summer in my mind. And even if you don’t want to roast a marshmallow, what’s not to love about sitting around a campfire with some friends (I’m starting to sense a fire theme).
5) Enjoy some outdoor music:
No matter what kind beats get your head bouncing, music just sounds better when it’s shared with others, outdoors. From street festivals to just playing a boombox (or iPod) on the front lawn, it’s nice to share the sounds that make you happy with the rest of the world. But only if you’re willing to have others share back.
6) Watch the sunset:
Sure, it might sound cliché or silly, like taking the time to stop and smell the roses, but when we get to those shorter days, when the sun seems to come out for 30 minutes before we’re thrust back into darkness, you’ll be thanking me that you did.
7) Catch a lightning bug:
Or fireflies, if we’re keeping with our summer-fire correlation. Maybe it’s childish, but lightning bugs will always symbolize the magic of summer to me. And even if they’ve lost that magic for you, grab a chair or a blanket and take just sit out and watch those tricks of light flick in and out of existence. If you’re feeling adventurous, or like getting in touch with your inner child, I’d say go ahead and catch a lightning bug or two. Just make sure you let them go.
But most importantly enjoy yourself. As schools start up, jobs continue, and we head into the colder months, it’s important you take in as much time as possible to just relax and soak up that summer sun.
Blake Chastain is a writer and marketer. His obsessions are media, technology, and video games. Blake lives in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago with his wife and daughter.
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