An unmistakable shift permeates our surroundings as the calendar marches toward the end of August. Schools are back in session for most, and high school and college football is on the brink of its return. Summer’s long, relaxed days start to shrink ever so slightly as we edge closer to embrace fall. Pulling out our cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes is still too early. There are still some glorious days of summer to revel in. Here are some suggestions if we want to squeeze in some activities and get some pleasure out of these last days of summer.

As Tourist Wane – We Regain Our City or Town

The last of August will present the tourist stragglers if we have a notable city or town. It is our opportunity to reclaim activities that we give up because of the influx of tourists at the start of summer. Go and explore the local area and become a tourist in our cities or towns. Visit those places we’ve always wanted to go to but have yet to get around to. A staycation allows us to break away from our daily routines and rediscover the unique charm of our locale.

Get Creative Outside and Enjoy the Last of The Summer Skies

Summer offers a rich palette of colors and inspiration for the artist in everyone. We might try painting, photography, writing, or even building something outdoors. Let nature inspire our creativity. Nothing beats the simple joy of lying on a blanket and looking at the stars on a clear summer night. Head to a local park or remote field where the light pollution is low, and the beauty of the cosmos reveals itself.

Continue to Enjoy A Good BBQ or Cookout

Summer and football season are synonymous with barbecues and tailgating — traditions we look forward to yearly. As the summer begins to wind down and we move into football season, why not host a final BBQ as we move into tailgating season? Let’s gather our friends and family, fill the backyard with laughter, sharing stories and delicious grilled food.

Embrace the Late Summer Harvest

Let’s visit our local farmer’s market and delight in the wealth of ripe and vibrant produce from the late-summer harvest. Berries, peaches, tomatoes, and corn become the star of our meals and celebrate the season on our plates. Let’s remember that summer isn’t just a season. It’s a state of mind. The joy we find in the simple moments, whether it’s a peaceful walk at sunrise, a spur-of-the-moment adventure, or the sweetness of freshly picked berries, carries the warmth and magic of summer with us into the coming seasons.

As we approach the end of this season, let’s make the most of its last precious days and continue to find significance in the beauty of our surroundings and the memories we create.

“August is like the Sunday of summer.”

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