Summer Solstice

It’s here – summer is officially on as of 1:16 p.m. EDT. Our four seasons are determined not by weather, but by amount of sunlight – a direct reflection of how Earth is tilted on its axis as it orbits the Sun.

Liking summer light! (Photo: M.Kopp)

The first day of summer, a.k.a. summer solstice, is the longest day of the year and I’m about to head out to enjoy it! But first I’m updating the calendar to mark in a four-day backpacking trip with friends, a five-day outdoor adventure (variety to be determined) with another family, and another five-day kayaking trip on the coast with friends we haven’t tripped with in years.

Two additional four-day backpacking or paddling trips are in the works and there’s still room for plenty of day-long outdoor adventures – summer’s looking mighty fine!

Tips for Making the Most of Summer Outdoor Adventures:

  • Keep a daypack packed with essentials. Just add a lunch and something to drink and you’re set to go at the drop of a hat.
  • Store extra water bottles half-filled in the freezer and top up with water before you head out on your next adventure.
  • Leave walking poles, spare hats and sunscreen/insect repellent in your vehicle so that they’re ready when opportunity arises.
  • Stock the fridge and cupboards with quick lunch staples (bagels, salami, cream cheese, crackers, hard cheese, pepperoni, tuna fish, tortilla wraps, hummous, veggies, apples, granola bars).
  • Plan ahead if you need permits or campsites in popular locales or look outside the box for areas less traveled.

Whatever you do, just get out as often as you can. Summer’s here then gone, far too soon!

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