August 11, 2017
5 THINGS TO DO BEFORE SUMMER ENDS
Somehow, it’s already gotten to be mid-August! The summer always seems to fly by, and while some view that as a positive, a lot of us get quite sad when it’s pushing September. There have been songs written about how much people hate September, so we’re not overreacting!
If you want to live it up in these last few weeks of summer, but are short on ideas, here are 5 to get you started, Frederick-style:
GO FOR A PICNIC IN BAKER PARK.
The past few days, the weather has been absolutely beautiful. There’s been less humidity (which I count as a victory), and the evenings have been comfortable and short on bugs. Take your kids, your partner, your dog, or yourself to Baker Park, and enjoy a relaxing bite as the sun begins to sink. You won’t regret it!
UNPLUG FOR A WHILE, AND SPEND TIME WITH YOUR LOVED ONES.
This should apply to our lives at every part of the year, not just at the end of the summer. It can be so easy (especially if you’re younger) to get sucked into Instagram and Facebook, where pictures of beautiful, tan people on perfect vacations clog up your feed. It doesn’t take many pictures like that to make us begin feeling bad about ourselves, which leads to us overlooking the positives. To save yourself the headache, just put your phone on airplane mode and go spend time with your family or friends. If you don’t think that you can control yourself (i.e. you’ll be too tempted to check your notifications/messages), then hand your phone to a friend or family member for safekeeping.
ATTEND A BONFIRE.
This one is relatively easy to do if you have a firepit! Bonfires are always fun, no matter what your age. Gather ’round with some friends, have a few drinks, and get to having fun before the beautiful weather goes away!
CATCH SOME MUSIC AT ALIVE @ FIVE OR THE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES.
This is great, because you can enjoy the nice evening weather, and these events coincide on different days, so you’ll be able to make at least one. Alive @ Five is on Thursdays on the Creek, and it goes until 8pm. The Summer Concert Series takes place on Sundays in the Baker Park Bandshell, and begins at 7pm. Bring some drinks or food and make a night of it!
GO HIKING OR CAMPING.
There are so many locations in the Frederick area for outdoor activities. There’s Catoctin Mountain in Thurmont, which is about 15 minutes away from downtown Frederick, and Sugarloaf Mountain in Dickerson. If you don’t mind driving a bit farther, the Billy Goat Trail runs through Potomac, which is about 30 minutes south of Frederick.
What are you waiting for? Make sure to live it up before September begins, and the stress packs on!
Maddie is an undergraduate student that loves the outdoors, all animals, and making music. She intends to start her own non-profit someday to raise awareness about mental illness.