In case you haven’t noticed, it’s summer – aka the best time of the year. Since summer always seems to pass in literally an eye blink or two and I wake up in October and it’s still 90 degrees but already getting dark by 6:00 going “wait, but I didn’t do anything for summer,” I put together a little to-do list that will hopefully help me (and Husband) get the most out of these long, hot days.
Keeping in mind our already-planned trips and travel schedules, plus our current budget constrictions, here’s what I’m planning to fill some summer days with:
Run/hike some new trails, like Torrey Pines (can you believe I haven’t really run there yet?), Volcan Mountain, Kanaka Loop Trail, and some new-to-me trails in Mission Gorge. I really want to hike El Cap, but that might have to wait until fall (or during our three-day cold snap next February). And we might make the trek up Mt. Woodson because we’ve done that before, but haven’t bothered to wait in line for our requisite picture on Potato Chip Rock.
An outdoor movie screening or two
Outdoor concerts and music fests/street fairs. I always love the Adams Ave. Street Fair in September, and Coronado has free concerts in the park every Sunday evening throughout summer — and you can BYOB and drink it in public. Always a win. Plus that’ll give me a chance to go to Coronado Cupcakery.
A race or two — I still haven’t settled on a 5K, but if I can’t find a good competitive one I at least want to find a trail race to enter.
Hoppy Yoga (for sure, since I have a 6-class pack now) and some SUP-ing (hopefully, I’m gonna keep an eye out on Groupon and the like for rental deals)
Check out some new-to-us breweries and tasting rooms
Beach days — get this: last summer, the only time I went to the beach was at Tahoe. Not that I’m complaining, I love that lake and its beaches, but I live like 15 minutes away from the ocean. No excuses.
Summer reading list: The Shore, The Happiness of Pursuit, Yoga Girl, Go Set a Watchman, Flight Behavior, Bel Canto, Again to Carthage, Outlander, The Handmaid’s Tale (that may change drastically; it’s just the books that are catching my eye at the moment).
Go to the Safari Park — we have zoo memberships and have been to the zoo a bunch of times, but haven’t visited the Safari Park yet.
Baseball games — the Giants play here again in July and September and I have 2-for-1 ticket coupons.
Take advantage of Free Museum Tuesdays at Balboa Park
Camping — we went to our old standby, Burnt Rancheria, last week (after attempts to camp at Fry Creek Campground on Mt. Palomar didn’t go so well), and I’d love to get to Idyllwild or Joshua Tree at some point. Not sure we’ll be able to make longer trips like those this year, but at least one more weekend in the mountains will be required.
What are your plans for this summer?