by Guest Blogger Keith Kaplan I ALBION COLLEGE: Brains (double-major honors student, Mortar Board, College Fellow) and brawn (swim team captain and an avid outdoorsman who most days can be seen paddling on the river that runs through his campus). Regular blogger. Co-founder of the eponymous DK Cookies (on Facebook!).
Hit the beach. Go geocaching (geocaching?). You’ve got lots to do this summer!
Summer is a great time – the sun is out, school has ended, and you get to log some serious hang time with your friends. Even though you may have a summer job or an internship, I’m hoping you’ll still make time for the things you love to do.
Here are some of my favorite summer activities:
1. Take a trip to the lake (or ocean). To me there’s almost nothing better, come summer, than cooling off by going to a lake or the ocean, depending on where you are. It’s even better if you know someone who has a boat. One of my highlights from last summer was learning to wake board at my friend’s lake house.
Even if water sports aren’t your thing, you can still have a great time playing beach games like volleyball, Frisbee, Cornhole, or even Bocce Ball. If it so happens that you’re not by a large body of water, most cities have a public pool that you can swim in. Whether lake, ocean or pool, though, don’t forget to take your sun screen, sunglasses, and a nice book to read while you soak up some rays.
2. Go geocaching. This is a treasure hunting game where Geocachers try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a GPS-enabled device. Once these geocaches have been found, you log your find and share your experience by visiting the geocaching website. Every time I tell my friends about this, they either have no idea what I’m talking about or think I’m crazy for actually doing this. Either way, geocaching is a great way to spend time outside with your friends enjoying the summer weather.
3. Did you say concert? Summer is prime time for concerts and festivals. All around the country there are major musical happenings, including Wakarusa, Bonnaroo, Summerfest, and Lollapalooza. Metrowize is a great resource that names some of the nation’s most popular music festivals.
4. Any time is Movie Time. This summer there are a bunch of great movies heading for a big screen near you, among them The Green Lantern, The art of Getting By, Super 8, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. On summer days when the weather’s not the greatest, take a trip to the movie theatre. Flixster.com is a great site for checking out reviews, trailers, and showtimes.
5. Play ball! It just wouldn’t be summer without baseball. Don’t be shy about going to a game just because you know nothing about baseball. Chances are you have friends who know the game – go with them. I went to my first MLB game in Chicago last summer, and did I have a good time! If you’re with a group of friends and it’s a nice day outside, you’ll have fun. Cheap MLB Tickets is a site that lets you buy discounted tickets to professional sporting events.
Do you have some terrific plans for the summer? Share them with us!
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