Take Your Summer Vacation from Forgettable to Memorable

DSCN0407 Summer weather is finally here, and with the days staying lighter  longer it gives us more time for fun activities.  Planning those activities can feel daunting at times, however here are some ideas that will help you create great summer memories while being eco-friendly.

  1. Take a Hike [caption id="attachment_1468" align="aligncenter" width="488"]Bidwell Park - Chico, CA Bidwell Park - Chico, CA[/caption]
Connect with nature by taking a walk in local park or nature trail.  Take time to check out the trees, wildflowers and birds.  Allow the kids to get exercise while enjoying the beauty of nature.
  1. Go for a Bike Ride family-riding-bikes1
Biking is a great exercise, and can be really enjoyable, especially in the evening after dinner.  Work off that meal you ate while peddling along with your family and friends.
  1. Visit a Local Farmer’s Market or Street Fair

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Search for hidden treasures at street fairs, or find great locally grown produce to incorporate into your menus for the week.
  1. Plant a Garden
Work on making a small garden for some fresh homegrown treats.  Gardens come in all sizes from window box gardens to large producing gardens.  Find an area for your garden and plant some of your favorite produce.
  1. Host a Potluck Dinner
potluck Invite friends over for an evening of fun. Potlucks allow guests to bring a dish, so this cuts back on energy used for cooking.  Pick a theme for the dinner, such as Italian, finger foods, etc.  The themes will keep your dinner options varied and allow for some creative cooking.
  1. Cool Off
kidsjumpinglake Escape the summer heat by visiting a local lake or community pool.
  1. Volunteer
Find a local organization such as a local food banks or animal shelter, and offer some help.  These organizations are always in need of a few extra hands.
  1. Plan A Mini Vacation Fisherman camping at a wilderness lake
Just because you can’t get a whole week off this summer does not mean you can’t take a mini vacation.  Plan a weekend trip to an area within driving distance and enjoy being away from home.  You don’t have to stay at an expensive hotel, but you can camp in a campground by a lake or river.  Just give yourself time to relax and “unplug.” Whatever you decide to do this summer, remember to have fun, make some great memories, and as always, think about what you can do to keep your summer eco-friendly.

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