Savor the Final Days of Summer–Here’s How!

red leaves

Today, on my morning jog, I discovered a tree, albeit a small one, brimming with red leaves. Not the dusky magenta ones that grow on Japanese maples and other ornamentals, but real, bright fall-is-around-the corner red. They’re a gorgeous splash of color against the overgrown green along my trail. I love them for that. And for the promise of cool afternoons, crisp apples, schooldays and routine.

But their appearance set me thinking. How do I want to spend the waning weeks of summer, to make sure I eke out every juicy drop of sunshine, every fresh slurp of lemonade, and even more important, every memory-making moment with my family? So here’s my end-of-summer bucket list. I may not get to them all this season, but lucky for me, summer rolls around every single year.


  • Go fishing.
  • Explore woodland trails or take a challenging hike.
  • Ride rollercoasters.
  • Try out horseback riding.










  • Take a bike ride.
  • Go bird watching.
  • Tackle a home improvement project.
  • Search for turtles or toads.













  • Make homemade popsicles or ice cream.
  • Wake up with the sun and the chirps of songbirds.
  • Go canoeing or rafting.









  • Sleep on a trampoline.
  • Stargaze (especially the Perseid meteor shower Aug 11-12)
  • Be crafty with the kids.










  • Host a nature scavenger hunt.
  • Read stories.
  • Do a family puzzle
  • Swim in a pond, lake, or pool or visit a splash pad.

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  • Watch a sunset.
  • Go to a drive-in movie.
  • Compile a photo book of all the summer fun.

What are some of your favorite summer activities?

  • I love my sweet younger sisters who let me be their friends! Renee Hutchins Roberts I want to do all of your summer bucket list with you. One of mine is to finally write the kids books that tumble around in my head!

  • RHRoberts

    That sounds great, Allison! I love hanging out with you and hearing all your stories!

  • Looks fun Are you guys at Noel? 🙂

  • Yes Jacque Trout Hall girls camp .