Since this is our first summer in Cleveland where we’re not unpacking boxes, traveling to Chicago-land for grad classes or packing out the summer with conferences and other trips, it’s made me think about what embodies summer for me. As a kid, this is what summer looked like for me:
With a togo’s #16 sub sandwich loaded up in a cooler with some oreos and lemonade, we spent hours at this beach when I was a kid. Building sandcastles, swimming in freezing cold Lake Superior that would make your legs numb after awhile & sunning ourselves on sandy, uncrowded beaches.
The smell of campfire, bug spray and smores epitomized the cool nights of camping in a tent, or when I was older a pop-up trailer. Occasionally we would stay in a family cottage on Lake Superior where my grandpa would cook us buckwheat pancakes, occasionally with fresh raspberries that he had picked that morning. We would pile into my grandparents silver airstream trailer, drink tang out of blue plastic camp cups and eat stacks of steaming pancakes.
What are some of your favorite summer things to do? Since I’m 9 months pregnant, sleeping in a tent isn’t exactly appealing right now but I am looking forward to exploring the Cuyahoga valley next summer as a family.