With the colder temperatures and the few snow flakes we’ve had in the past couple weeks, I think I have to finally admit it.
Summer is over.
But what a summer it was.
I’m not sure why we do it, but we always seem to try to pack a whole year’s worth of activities into a few short months. I don’t know if it goes back to our school days when summers meant no more classes or homework. Or maybe it’s because when you live in Minnesota, there are really only a few months a year you can enjoy being outside. Unless, of course, you like the bitter cold. I, however, do not.
So I try to do as many things as I possibly can.
For a while, I had my entire summer booked. Some of those plans fell through, but I usually managed to find something else to fill in my time.
It was a tough start to summer this year. We had the April ice storm and snow in May, so I don’t feel like we ever had spring. June seemed to be rainy, leaving us little time to enjoy our summer.
I consider the start to my summer really at the end of June. It was the first weekend I consider as doing “summery” stuff.
I was with my girlfriend, Kelsey, at a family reunion in Omaha, Neb. The reunion was fun, but before we headed for home, we stopped at the Henry Doorly Zoo.
The zoo in Omaha has always been one of my favorites. It has a rain forest, aquarium and on this day, an exhibit of dinosaurs. Kelsey and I had a great time, and it was a fitting kick-off to our summer.
I won’t go into detail of each activity I did this summer, there just isn’t enough time or space.
One of the highlights of the summer was when my family took a trip to Kansas to see my cousin and his wife. We stopped in Kansas City for a while and saw a Royals game before heading over to Junction City. Both my cousin and his wife are in the army, so we were able to see the base they are stationed, Fort Riley.
Another highlight was a camping trip to Blue Mounds State Park in Luverne. It rained quite a bit while we were there, but still had a great time. And we were able to see some bison as well.
One memory that will stick with me forever is our trip to Okoboji. We went to an OAR concert on the green space by Arnold’s Park. I have been listening to OAR for years, but this was the first time I was able to see them in concert. And what a concert it was. I had a lot of fun this summer, but this was on the top of the list.
There were many smaller trips throughout the summer as well. I went to a drive-in theater for the first time. We went to the zoo and to a baseball game in Sioux Falls.
There was our trip to Minneapolis. We saw two Twins games and went to see Pride and Prejudice at the Guthrie.
Toward the end of the summer, we were able to spend a weekend in Sioux Falls. While we were there, we saw some family friends and I did something I hadn’t done since I was a wee little lad — I rode a horse. Granted, I didn’t go very far or very fast, but there I was, riding a horse.
I simply can’t name all the good times I had or the fun trips I took this summer. I can’t talk about the golf I played or the sights I saw. There are just too many.
But as the weather turns cold, I know I can’t wait for next summer to roll around once again. It will be tough to top this summer, but it’s sure going to be fun to try.