Our summer started with a bang. Followed by a rattle and a cough and a last noisy shake as our air conditioning unit took its final breath.
I spent the week guzzling water at my desk and greeting repairmen at the door, the whole time in a state of disbelief that it is summer already. How did that happen? I swear I just put away Christmas decorations.
But summer is here and despite the 100-plus temperatures, I am really looking forward to this season. I have some work to get done, but I also plan to spend some quality (I hope!) time with my family.
One event on our calendar is something we’ve been meaning to do for years: see Yellowstone together. I love our national parks, but this one is especially impressive. Yellowstone Falls, Artist Paint Pots Trail, Old Faithful. I’m looking forward to seeing some animals and hopefully getting caught in a bear jam as people pull over to look at grizzlies.
Another activity I’m just as excited about–even though we do it every year–is tubing. At least once a summer, we take a day off work during the week (too many crowds on the weekends), pile into the car, and head down to New Braunfels to spend a day on the river. We float down the sparkly green Guadalupe with our cooler in tow and stop to climb on the rocks and splash around. After hauling our tubes out of the river, we like to stop at a greasy burger joint for lunch.
And what summer would be complete without RWA? My family won’t be at the conference, but I’ll get a chance to catch up with some wonderful friends I don’t see during the year. There is always so much to do, but I’m hoping to sneak away from the conference for at least a few hours and do some sightseeing in the Big Apple.
What are your plans this summer? Any fun family trips or forays into the great outdoors? Leave a comment for a chance to win a signed copy of UNFORGIVABLE. I was thrilled to hear this week that the book is nominated for a 2011 Daphne du Maurier Award. Yay!