School’s out. We are getting a jump start on summer! Whatever happened to those ‘hazy crazy lazy days’ of summer? Plan some fun with these three action verbs in mind and prepare for summer with a twist.
*MOSEY. Yep it’s a real word. If you are goal-oriented a day now and then without a plan might provide a chance to savor the flavors of summer. Make a random selection from the grab-bag of destination and activity options rather than trying to cram them all into a summer that seems to grow shorter and shorter.
*BACKPACK. I don’t mean load one with a set weight and take off on a training route with a multi-mile conquest in mind. I am thinking more along the lines of sweating less. Using a backpack might help me get to the river’s edge with only one trip back up the hill to the car; that would be at leaving time. No cooler to lug around no basket of foods to waste. Could I really spend several hours enjoying the Current with snacks and drinks and books that all fit into one manageable carry-all?
*EXPERIMENT. Always have Mexican food at the same spot? If you don’t want to swap cuisines then perhaps eat your fave in a new locale. Or try something new in a sentimental place – a different theater and/or hotel if you and your pals always head to Branson. Nothing greater than kayaking our Current? Load up that kayak and try the Huzzah or Big Creek or the Current up at Baptist Camp. Experiment with something new and see what unfolds on the summer calendar.
Do include a visit to a show at Raiding the Country Vaults if you are headed to Branson soon. Our very own Billy Yates is performing there!
This first appeared in my Close to Home column in The Prospect -News.