Today is the first day of “summer” in our family. The kids are officially out of school and all the craziness of the season begins. The next three months of summer is going to whirl by at breakneck speed. It is jam-packed with travel, adventure, family and fun. Although I’m very excited about summer as it is my favorite time of year, in order to remain sane I’ve decided that something has to give. I will not be able to devote as much time as I like to my blog.
During a Sunday morning bike ride I came up with the wonderful idea of trying something new on the blog. I thought to myself, “What about adding in some blog posts about what summer and life are like here in Minnesota?” It will be a way for me to explore an entirely new topic that is like the back of my hand: Where I live. It will also force me to try some new things on the blog and in my life to make it a bit more interesting when I’m home. So without further ado, I would like to introduce a new series called “Summer Notes”. In these posts, I will mix in a little taste of summer in Minnesota for those who are curious about this northern land with over 10,000 lakes (and plenty more mosquitos!).
I will continue to add in my other usual posts on travel and social good but there may be a backlog in getting them done until fall. I have an exceedingly busy two months ahead starting with a weekend trip to Northern Minnesota on Friday, a one-week family vacation to the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota, family in town, and then in exactly one month from today I am off to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Even reading this list makes me tired!
Meanwhile, I must fit as much hiking, walking, running, biking and swimming in as possible (to train for my climb) while also making sure I have a blast with the kids doing all the fun summer things. I will try to fit in summer reading, picnicking, barbecuing with friends, and going to the beach for a swim in the lake at sunset. Meanwhile the kids are both doing summer soccer Monday through Thursday every week. Breathe!
So here’s to the new series “Summer Notes” and let’s see where it takes me.