My summer bucket list

They say that the days are long but the years are short. So true! Can you believe that summer is already here? I certainly can’t. It seems like Christmas was only yesterday.

Yet here we are, well into the throes of whatever summer looks like where you are. For me, it’s blistering heat, afternoons spent by the pool, less traffic, and lots of gnats and mosquitoes.

I’m happy to say that I managed to check off everything from my Spring bucket list. It’s amazing what we can get done when we choose to prioritize it!

Here are my mini-goals for summer this year:

1. Go whitewater rafting

Groupon has plenty of good deals with rafting companies, although this year I may end up going on the Snake River out in Wyoming!

2. Visit a summer festival

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a big fan of festivals. A couple of interesting ones around the Atlanta area this year are the Good Neighbor Day Airshow and Open House, Old Fourth Ward Park Arts FestivalAtlanta Ice Cream Festival, Piedmont Park Arts Festival, and  Grant Park Summer Shade Festival.

3. See an outdoor movie

This article has an excellent summary of most of the major outdoor movie events in the Atlanta area this summer. If you don’t want to click on all the links, this AJC article included the dates and locations.

A fun alternative to this is an outdoor play, such as Robin Hood.

4. Visit a friend

Whether it’s an old college buddy or a rarely seen grandparent, summer is a great time to take a few days to see someone you love who lives far away.

5. Attend an outdoor concert

Atlanta has a particularly good music scene. Concerts in the Garden, Tunes from the Tombs, Candler Park Music & Food Festival, and Salute to America and the Arts are just a few of the many options available to Atlanta area residents.

6. Hot air balloon festival

I know I mentioned festivals earlier, but I think hot air balloon festivals are an entirely different animal :). A couple of ones happening in and around Atlanta over the next few months are Balloons Over Fayette, and Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival.

7. Watch fireworks

Summer’s not complete without some celebratory Independence Day fireworks!

What’s on your summer bucket list? Let me know in the comments!

About the author

Lauren Meeks

I'm Lauren - wife, daughter, sister, and friend. I love to dance and explore new things. Reading and cooking are wonderful relaxers. Traveling is wonderfully exciting. Chai tea lattes are simply wonderful.

Within a span of about 6 years, I visited roughly 2 dozen countries and every inhabited continent. During this time people told me way too many times that they were "living vicariously through me," and so I decided to do something about it.

From that, Forging Significance was born - to remind people that everyone has a life worth living and a story worth sharing.

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