Do you have something special you like to do outdoors? Picnic? Fireworks? Boating? It's the Fourth of July weekend in the states. Full of celebrating the red, white and blue with great friends and awesome food and some family traditions.
Fireworks, picnics, camping, grilling, eating out doors, hikes, bike rides...I absolutely love it all. My problem is getting away. Fortunately, we're surrounded by small town firework shows.
When we do get to camp...we now have a pop-up camper with air conditioning (mainly for the dogs...and if you believe that...). I did plenty of years of tent camping and sleeping on the ground.
Tips for camping: Have two coolers. One for food with blocks of ice (which can be made with old milk jugs). And a second cooler that you open more often. Your food will stay colder, longer. Another huge time saver is to prepare your food prior to leaving the house. If you are planning on hamburgers --season and shape the patties at home, then freeze them. Clean up is easy and prep time is almost nill. There will be lots more time for singing around the campfire instead of slaving over it.
It's become something of a tradition for Mister and I to pack a picnic dinner and attend a concert. Unfortunately, we won't be able to go this year, since Baby Girl has just arrived. We'll definitely take her next year though! :)
|by Rick Minick|
Another time, Handsome and I happened to be in San Francisco for a conference. We went on a dinner cruise in the bay with colleagues. A local radio station sponsored a firework show. Many boats parked in the bay to watch. Absolutely one of a kind and quite thrilling.
When 1999 turned into 2000, my family hosted close friends in a celebration at our house. Not far away is a country club and for this special New Year's Day, they put on an extraordinary event. Because the trees were bare and the fireworks were that good, we could stand in my dining room and watch the firework show and hear the boom-boom-booms. I probably won't ever be able to do that again!
|by Rick Minick|
My favorite summer activity is going to the beach. I'm lucky enough to spend a good chunk of each summer by the water. I love walking along the sandy path and sometimes I just sit on a beach chair. Either way, I love watching the waves and listening to them crash onto the shore. It's so relaxing and it helps me put my life back in perspective.
TURN, Washington’s Spies. It’s now in season 2. I love the George Washington character in this one. You can see season 1 on Netflix or on DVD. From the History Channel, Sons of Liberty, an excellent portrayal of the role of Sam Adams and Paul Revere as well as others. It’s also available on DVD. I dare you to watch it only once!
I LOVE Watermelon! And Fireworks. It's also my anniversary. Yep you heard right. I got married on the Fourth of July. So thank you for celebrating with me. :-)