End of Summer Fun

End of Summer Fun

Summer is coming to an end. It may not feel like it right now, but the leaves will soon turn colors, the temperature will drop, and those pesky bugs will go back into hiding. At this point in the year, many people throw bonfires, beach parties, and barbecues to make the most of the rest of the summer. With everything going on in the world, though, this isn’t as much of an option. While many places are opening up again, if you have kids who aren’t as keen to social distancing as is required, you could find yourself with a lack of places to go, things to do, and ways to make the most of the ended of summer. If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, though, there are a ton of ways to overcome this.

While the options are now limited, we all need exercise and social connection. Humans aren’t meant to be alone all the time and talking to friends and family is vital to keeping us happy and healthy. Skype calls are great, but they can only do so much. And with so many gyms closed, we can be tempted to forego our normal exercise routine. Even with this hurdle, though, it’s important to keep active so that our bodies stay healthy and moving. Health is a pretty big concern for a lot of us, both for our bodies and for our minds. By keeping active and by getting creative in how we spend time with each other, we can keep ourselves in good shape and take advantage of these last few weeks of summer.

If you are at a loss for what exactly you can do, don’t worry. We’ve thought long and hard about activities you can do, whether you’re RVing across the country or whether you’re stuck at home.

  • Plan a picnic. This is a great way to spend time together and get outside. If you’re wanting to invite others, bring along a large picnic blanket so that it’s easy for you and your children to maintain social distance boundaries.
  • Go hiking. This is a hobby that many many people have taken up since the summer started. If you’re not close to a campground or trails, you can hike through a local park or even down the streets of your city.
  • Go camping. If you’re in your RV, this one is a cinch. Even if you’re not, there are a ton of campgrounds still open and this lets you see other people (from a distance) and exercise at the same time. You could even camp in your backyard.
  • Have a bonfire. This one is pretty close to the previous point but involves a lot more fire. Many people have been doing home renovations over the past few months and you know what that means; lots of wood and building materials. As long as those materials are safe to burn and you are in an area that lets you burn it, you can create a blaze to chase away the summer blues. You can even invite your friends over for it, as a bonfire takes up enough space to space you out.
  • Go stargazing or cloud watching. One of the most peaceful things to do during the summer is to watch the clouds or stars go by. By spreading out your blanket and relaxing in the sun and breeze, you can spend a peaceful afternoon or evening with the ones you love.
  • Go flower picking. I know, this one might not sound as fun as some of the others. It’s a great way to get outside and into the fresh air, though. And as a plus, this makes for a great date idea or romantic night out.
  • Go swimming. Now, if your pool hasn’t opened or has restrictions that are difficult for kids to follow, you can go swimming in your favorite pond or lake.
  • Watersports. Taking your boat or jet skis out on the water is terrific fun. Aren’t into the thrill or sports? Taking your boat, canoe, or kayak out on the water and just relaxing is a great way to get outside, too!
  • Go mudding. If you don’t know what this is, you basically drive your jeep, four-wheeler, dirt bike, or other sturdy vehicle through the forest after it has rained. It might sound odd, but it’s tons of fun.
  • Go hunting or fishing. A summer classic for hunters and fishers, it’s a great way to do something fun and productive.
  • Mountain climbing. Granted you might not have access to mountains, but if you do, this is a super fun activity.
  • Bike riding or rollerblading. This is a great one for the kids. It lets them get outside and get moving while not necessarily getting too close to others.
  • Go for a walk or a run. If bike riding or roller blading isn’t your forte, you can always take the old-fashioned walk. This is great for both exercise and relaxing.
  • Painting. If you haven’t heard of hosting a “Bob Ross painting party,” it’s definitely something to check out. Even though you might not be able to meet in person, you can host one over Skype. Through the lens of your computer, you and your friends or family can create your masterpieces with the guidance of that classic TV painter.
  • Drive-in or outdoor movie night. This summer, drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback. The best part? You can watch a movie and hang out with your friends without ever getting closer than the 6 feet.
  • Read or learn something new. With the extra time that most of us are finding for ourselves, there is a great opportunity to learn something new to enrich our lives and our minds.
  • Go golfing. If you’re a golfer, this is also a great way to hang out with others without getting too close.

Even with everything going, there are still a ton of ways to get outside, spend time with loved ones, and enjoy these last few weeks of summer. And in an RV, you can even cruise down the highways, touring this country and seeing new and exciting things.

Aug 14th 2020 Ashley Baughman

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