Soucheray: Don’t let summer pass you byEven though it may feel as if summer started several weeks ago, with the mild weather, longer days and flowers that have come and gone, the season does not formally begin until today.
By: Kate Soucheray, Woodbury Bulletin
Summer 2012 officially begins today. Even though it may feel as if summer started several weeks ago, with the mild weather, longer days and flowers that have come and gone, the season does not formally begin until today.
So what are your plans to make this a memorable time for yourself and your family? Will you plan a camping trip to the Black Hills, rent a cabin in northern Minnesota or take in Valleyfair, the Minnesota Zoo and Fort Snelling? Whatever your plans to relax or revitalize, decide what it will be and be sure to get it on the calendar.
With the economic downturn legitimately behind us, the recovery promises many more people on the road, renting the same cabins and standing in the same lines to enjoy the optimism and opportunities you, too, wish to experience. You can almost hear a collective sigh from the public and private sector, and while the economy has not returned to its previous levels, and may not for several years, analysts tell us, there does seem to be a sense of reprieve.
With these thoughts in mind, what are a few simple pleasures that will bring a sense of joy and rejuvenation to you and your family? Will it be a cookout with some neighbors, enjoying roasted marshmallows as you watch the fireflies come out? Will it be a cool dip in a neighborhood pool, complete with endless splashing, squealing, diving and fun? Be sure to bring the popscicles, certain to be melty and satisfying, for the kids and adults, too.
Will it be a trip to the local farmers’ market at the R.H. Stafford Branch Library on Sunday morning? If you come early, you will find endless rows of trucks set up to sell you colorful flowers, sumptuous vegetables and fruits, as well as honey, jams and pickles as the season wears on.
Maybe you and your family will take advantage of one of the many outdoor dining areas, offered by several local restaurants. As you sit outside and take in the fresh air, delicious food and wonderful conversation, perhaps you will even find yourself sitting back and relaxing a bit. And won’t that feel good after a long day at work?
If you have time and the interest, you may decide to visit Carver Lake tucked secretly into west Woodbury. For directions to the lake and times the beach will be open, you can check out the woodbury.mn.us/parks-and-trails/parks/carver-lake-parkbeach. Carver Lake is an oft-hidden secret of our city and has remained so for the 30 years we have lived here. It’s a gem and continues to elude its discovery by many families who inhabit our borders. This is a mystery because it boasts a large parking area, picnic spaces, trails, a wonderful playground and a beautiful, sandy beach with permanent restrooms and a concession stand.
If you have never visited Carver Lake, you simply must do so this summer. And be sure to bring your shovel and pail for building a sand castle or sand city along its spacious beach.
If you are interested in a more rigorous summer activity, take your bikes to Colby Lake and begin at the pavilion on the south side of the lake. From there, you will be connected to miles of trails, winding through lovely neighborhoods, wooded areas and along lakes, ponds and streams. It will provide a good workout for you, but not so much so that the younger set will not enjoy it, too.
Summer begins today. Make plans to enjoy every moment, creating memories that will last throughout the months of fall and winter ahead. But for now, take time to focus on the warmth, relaxation and leisure of this fabulous season.
Soucheray is a Woodbury resident and licensed family therapist