Summer afternoon… to me, those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. -Henry James

Ah, summer. Sweet, sweet summer. Sometimes it feels like we wait all year for it, and in the blink of an eye, it’s here and then in a flash, it’s gone. August swooped right in before July even had a chance to say her goodbyes, and now suddenly, there’s talk everywhere of what’s coming next: Back to school. Which means of course, Fall. Now, if you know me or have read any of my many posts dedicated to my love affair with Autumn, {swoooooon}, you’ll know that I will welcome it with open arms. But, as I’ve been in stores and noticed all the binders and pencils, cold-weather attire and Halloween decorations, I have to stop and wonder: am I ready for Summer to be over? Have I done everything I planned on doing with those long, warm, sunny days? You may be feeling the same way, and this is the PERFECT time for us to look back, reflect and look over our summer bucket lists to make sure we’ve checked off all the boxes of what we wanted to do. It’s mid-August, which is just over a month, (39 days to be exact) before the first day of Fall. So, grab your checklist and your flip-flops and keep on summering, because, my friend, it’s GO time.

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First things first: I always consider blackberry picking to be the apex of my Seattle summer activities. There is about two weeks in August when the berries perfectly burst with ripeness and you gotta get out there ASAP or they will be picked over or over-ripened, and you’ll have to wait an entire year to get them again. So, after a long day last week, we scoped out a spot that seemed to have been missed by all the others passersby, and made our move. Lots and lots of berries, lots of laughs, and one very wonderful man who made it possible for me to reach the ripest berries at the tip-tip-top.

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And voila! Ripe, juicy, Seattle-grown, picked with love, blackberries. Yumm! The best summer treat. Click here for my blackberry super easy pie recipe! It can be made with any kind of berries- not just blackberries!IMG_8043

Next up: What is it about grilling outside that is so fulfilling and enjoyable? The smell of coal burning, the afternoon breeze on a deck, a cold refreshing beverage in hand… this summer, we’ve done a lot of grilling, and we always seem to come back to the same thing…IMG_7798

Kebabs, kebabs and wouldn’t you guess it: more kebabs. Its so easy and so delicious. Get your favorite veggies, (we like bell pepper, zucchini and red onion), add some marinated chicken, and THEN, for the best part- Haloumi cheese. We cannot. get. enough. Haloumi is a grillable goat/sheep milk cheese, and doesn’t melt when you add heat to it, so it’s the perrrrrrfect thing to add to your grilling experience. It’s salty, semi-hard and goes with anything. Go buy some, you can thank me later. 🙂

One of the best parts of summer is, of course, the guaranteed good weather, which is the perfect time to get out in nature. Go camping, head out for a hike or just find a nice little lake off the beaten path to soak your feet in for a day. I am so grateful that this summer, I was able to head out to Wyoming and do a horseback riding/pack trip with my little sis Elena and our friend Chris. We saw some incredible wildlife, trekked across some magnificent land, and even swam on horseback across a rushing river. Hey, who ever said a little adventure was bad for you, eh?

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Lots of wonderful memories, and lucky for me, no Grizzly bears this time!

If you’re looking for an incredible hike to do in the Pacific Northwest, look no further than Crystal Mountain. During the winter its a ski resort, but I just learned only weeks ago that it has incredible hiking trails during the summer. My other sister Holly and I hiked to the top while the wildflowers were in bloom, and it felt like euphoria being up there. So peaceful and quiet, and the most stunning views of Mt. Rainier.

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Alright, judging from the last two pictures, that euphoria may have gone straight to our heads. Must’ve been something about the elevation. 😉

All in all, it’s important to get out and do things, see stuff and enjoy all the treasures Summer has to offer. But when it all comes right down to it, don’t forget to just sit, relax and revel in the warmth. Feel the sunshine on your face, the mild breeze on your shoulders and with a grateful heart, give thanks that we have been able to experience once again, a perfect summer.

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2 Comments on Summer Bucket List

  1. Dad
    August 13, 2017 at 10:47 pm (9 months ago)

    The Best Ever! Love your pics!

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  2. Debby
    August 14, 2017 at 3:27 am (9 months ago)

    Beautiful! Great words, Pics, and thanks for sharing a piece of your world~

    Reply

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