I am republishing this article because this time of year is very special to me. Summer is my favorite season and as relaxing as fall is, I hesitate to rush because I love being outside in warm weather and being close to nature.
We endured three weeks of putting our indoor furniture outside while our hardwood floors were repaired, and I’m thankful that it was in August. My indoor white sofa is under an outdoor canopy and every day I spend about an hour outside watching butterflies and hummingbirds while our family cat snoozes next to me. I see now that chaos has actually been a blessing.
Tonight my parents are coming from out of town and we will be dining alfresco at our dining table in our yard that we haven’t even gone back indoors yet. As the sun sets we will enjoy a Mediterranean style meal and white wine. This next week is truly the official end of summer with Labor Day weekend and September on the horizon. Here are twenty outdoor activities to consider to soak up the end of the season before the busy rush of fall and the holiday season begins.
1. Bring out pillows and blankets to close your eyes and listen to nature as day turns to night.
2. Arrange seasonal sunflowers and wildflowers one last time.
3. Bring a lantern or flashlight on a twilight walk, opting for dirt paths rather than city streets.
4. Hang dry clothes outside on a line so they smell crisp and sunny.
5. Go berry picking or to the farmer’s market for fruit and make a summer dessert that night.
6. Set up a canopy or tent in the backyard for reading or sleeping.
7. Remove shoes from grass, sand or dirt to feel the earth beneath your feet.
8. Visit a local botanical garden that is still in full bloom.
9. Go on a nature scavenger hunt with friends or family. Honorable awards!
10. Meet friends at a local park for a potluck or picnic lunch
11. Let your kids choose one last summer activity to enjoy.
12. Go on a last second road trip and spend the night in a place you’ve never explored.
13. Host an end of summer cocktail party on your porch or patio for your loved ones.
14. Try a local restaurant you’ve never been to and people watch outside.
15. Drive away from city lights under the stars on a clear night.
16. In silence, count and keep score the sounds you hear in nature: birds, wind, anything natural.
17. Set the dinner table outside every night for a week.
18. Invite a friend for an evening walk where you each share your summer highlights.
19. Find a local lake or river to float and look up at the clouds.
20. Watch a sunset from the highest point you can find nearby.
How do you plan to enjoy the last week of summer before it fades away?