21 Things to Do Before Summer’s Over

by Meghan Carlson | 1 Comment

Happy Solstice!

Today marks the official start of summer, and I couldn’t be happier. Warm, sunny weather is especially rare and precious to those of us here in Seattle, so the city tends to shift into overdrive in the summer. It’s like everyone mutually agrees to jam 12 months’ worth of fun into a 3 month time span, starting with the annual naked bike ride through the Fremont District at Seattle’s annual Summer Solstice Parade. Because nothing says “summer” like the meeting of body parts, body paint, and bicycles.

A rare sight: clothed people at Seattle's Fremont Solstice Parade. Source: fremontfair.com

A rare sight: clothed people at Seattle’s Fremont Solstice Parade. Source

No, I won’t be one of those naked cyclists at the parade tomorrow (though I have serious admiration for them), but I do have my own list of things I want to do before summer is over. Here’s my 21-item Summer Bucket List for this, the 21st day of June. What about you?

  1. Make home-made ice cream with crazy flavor combinations. Time to dust off the ol’ ice cream maker and try out some refreshing flavors like coconut curry, maple bacon bourbon, and coffee and donuts. Please, don’t judge.
  2. Tie-dye something. I’m thinking tea towels.
  3. Make a sidewalk chalk masterpiece. It will definitely include hopscotch.
  4. Go to a berry farm and pick/eat them all. Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, ALL THE BERRIES!
  5. Master the art of cold brew coffee. Not that it sounds difficult—just that I’m not always good about thinking that far ahead. But this summer will be different.
  6. Lay in the lawn and look at the stars. My new favorite iPad app will come in handy for this!
  7. Make a slip ‘n’ slide. Who knew a roll of heavy duty plastic could cause so much joy?
  8. Go skinny dipping. No explanation needed.
  9. Put things on my grill that I’ve never grilled before. Fruit, polenta, avocado, pizza … the possibilities are endless!
  10. Go camping. Friends, fire, and hot dogs = happiness.
  11. Wear gingham. Classic, airy blue is great, but if you ask me, the brighter, the better.
  12. Make fresh margaritas. In a pitcher. All to myself. (Just kidding, I’ll share.)
  13. Take a road trip. Even if it’s just for a couple of hours. And if the final destination involves something delicious, all the better.
  14. Spend a day at the pool/beach doing absolutely nothing. Reading magazines, eating popsicles, and kissing underwater doesn’t count.
  15. Read a “guilty pleasure” book and feel absolutely no guilt. I am open to suggestions. The more suspense, hilarity, and ludicrous plot twists, the better.
  16. Watch a movie outside. Sheet, meet projector.
  17. Make the perfect summer playlist. One thing I know? This song will be on it.
  18. Go on a picnic. Any day spent in nature snacking on deli meats and drinking rosé is a good day.
  19. Spend a day (or several) without my cellphone. 80 degrees and sunny is fleeting. Facebook can wait.
  20. Host a sleepover. We will eat popcorn, play MASH, watch Freddie Prinze, Jr. movies, and give each other pedicures. There will be giggling. It will be glorious.
  21. Go hiking and make a wildflower bouquet. I’ll put it in a vase and give it to my boyfriend. (But if you’re single, why not give it to a cute stranger?)

That’s my summer bucket list. What’s on yours?