Since I was a kid, I’ve always looked forward to summer. It is a carefree time to hang out with friends, build campfires, go camping, hiking, and biking, and generally relax. The carefree part hasn’t come easily the last two years. So, being deliberate is required.
After being cooped up for winter and COVID, getting outside is one of the most enjoyable things about summertime. Being outside usually means you are more active but it often means that you are spending more time with nature. Studies have shown that spending time outside in nature helps you sleep better, burn more calories, relax and has many other health benefits. For some this means hiking a mountain. For others it is a stroll through a town forest under the trees with a cool breeze. It can be for a weekend, a day or even a few hours. Whatever you like, get out there.
Make plans with friends or family
Every summer for the past 20 years we have taken two vacations in the summer—both family reunions of sorts. In July we go to Wells, Maine and rent a couple of beach houses with my two brothers and their families. There is much to do: catching up with family members, playing volleyball on the beach, eating lobster, embarrassing each other with the game “Salad Bowl” and just listening to the ocean waves crashing on the beach and watching the kids play in the water. For the second year in a row, the guys went striper fishing and had one of the best hauls of the season—at least 12 stripers during a half day trip. I’m not a fisherman, but it was great spending time with my brothers and my nephews. (The girls went out for margaritas and dinner—without their small children.)
Plan a picnic, go for a swim
When we were kids, I can remember my mom packing us up to spend a day at Ellacoya State Park on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. We would swim, lie on our blankets, eat a picnic lunch, play frisbee or through a football, and then go swimming again. It was always a great day, even when it rained, and we would come home with that good, tired feeling. In Massachusetts, there are lots of beaches nearby or a short drive away. Here’s a link to public beaches in MA: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g28942-Activities-c61-t52-Massachusetts.html
Watch the sun go down
It’s a show that happens every day (unless it is overcast or raining) and it lasts for a short time. Then you can go get some ice cream. This time of year the sun goes down around 8 PM in MetroWest Boston, Massachusetts. Be sure to get to your spot at least a half hour early so that you can snap a few pictures as it fades over the horizon. Most days it is a remarkable and beautiful sight. We suggest picking a high spot with a good visibility to the west. You don’t have to climb a mountain to get a good view. In most towns, simply driving to a high point with an open clearing will give you a great view. Here’s a link for some ideas: https://sponsored.boston.com/visitnewengland/the-best-sunset-drives-in-massachusetts
I hope this gives you some ideas for enjoying your summer. If you are looking for other ideas in New England, give me a call. I’m here to help. You can also schedule a quick call with me by clicking HERE.
Lyman H. Jackson
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