Well, based on the temperatures we have had lately (over 90 degrees) and the fact that I had watermelon last night and that my children are out of school, I believe it is safe to assume that summer has officially arrived here.
I love getting out in the summer and taking photos just as much as I do any time of year. There is so much around here to photograph (not to mention summer trips too!). I usually try to take a point and shoot camera with me when I am out. You never know what you might capture. Even on ridiculously hot days it is not unusual for me to get my camera out and go out shooting!
This was just a nice day at the pool. Even in the winter time when I look at this I can feel the warm summer sun and feel the cool water. Look at how clear and inviting that water looks. Who is ready for a swim now?
And there is always ice cream to help cool you off. (Or sno-cones!). We also like getting frozen custard too. And gelato. Basically, anything ice cream like! ☺
Downtown there is a cool little area and they turn on their fountains and you can play in them. On hot days that I have been downtown I have been known to walk through them. (The upside of being an artist..people expect quirky behavior from you!). I wish I could go down to that area more because it is very unique and very cool.
Another way to beat the heat…Six Flags
. Most people would disagree and say that it is a lot of walking…which it is. But the rides are so strategically placed that you can ride a water ride and then a fast ride and you forget all about the heat. The Sky Screamer is 236 feet up in the air and goes about 43 miles per hour, it is a great way to dry off and cool off after riding the Tidal Wave that is just across from it. The Tidal Wave drops you over a 5 story waterfall into 300,000 gallons of water. It’s hard to notice the heat when you are soaked from head to toe!
Six Flags has locations in 9 states (And in Canada and Mexico too!). If you have a current Season Pass and are visiting an area with a Six Flags, your Season Pass will get you a FREE entrance to any of their theme parks! Pretty cool, huh?
Another favorite of ours to do in the summer is hit the carnivals. (In a previous life I think I might have worked on the old school carni circuit! ☺). We love the rides and it reminds me of when I was a kid and how much I loved them too! Tilt-a-Whirl and the Scramblers are my favorites though!
But one of the favorite things about summer whether I am at Six Flags or at a carnival is a funnel cake. I don’t even need the mega one with the ice cream and strawberries, just the regular ol’ funnel cake. Summer just isn’t summer without one. The things I have to have during the summer time are watermelon, sun tea, a cherry sno-cone and a funnel cake.
What is your favorite thing to do in the summer? And what are your summer must-haves?