Our West Coast Summer

J1 – Summer in the Sun

J1 – Summer in the Sun (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Summertime is almost officially over for teachers, parents, and students all

 

 

throughout California’s School Districts. So, when does Summer vacation really end. Well, it actually varies from district to district. Many schools are year round, which means there is no Summer break for them and the school year starts the Monday after July 4th. These students get 4 weeks off for every 12 weeks they are on track. However, most schools throughout California are traditional and do get to enjoy their Summer break. Most students are back to school the Tuesday after Labor Day.

 

Summer school painting

Summer school painting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Growing up as a youngster in California, I would look forward to Summer ending, just as much as I looked forward to it starting. Why? Because that’s when I got all the newest clothes, backpack, and cool back to school gear that every kid needs to kick off their education for the new year. You can always feel the Summer approaching as all the students would share their plans and wishes for the ultimate fun in the sun. The most popular Summertime getaways for young teens, adults, and families. are the 20 unique water-parks located strategically throughout California. (See bottom of page for list of popular West Coast water-parks near you)

 

The “Dog days of Summer,” which usually arrive between July 3rd and August 11th, (named after the Dog Star [Sirus] in the Constellation of Canis Majori) is known for annoying Summer pest like those blood eating Mosquitoes that have been around more than 30 million Summer seasons our senior. And Ahhhh! The glorious mating call of the Crickets chirping in the night. Don’t forget that Crickets

 

Cricket

Cricket (Photo credit: w3i_yu)

usually mate in the late Summer. The hotter the weather, the more frequent Crickets get their chirp on. Rumor has it; if you count a cricket’s chirp for 15 seconds, and add 37 to that, you come up with the approximate outdoor temperature.

Ever wonder when Summertime officially ends? It’s September 21st, so mark your calendars. If you haven’t really enjoyed your summer so far, just chill out, cause there’s still ample time to bask in the West Coast Sun. Just to point you in the right direction, here’s a list of Water-Parks in California, and some other fun Summer Activities.

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terpark.com/waterparks/knotts-soak-city.html
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ltimatewaterpark.com/waterparks/raging-waters-sandimas.html
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CSSSA Logo

CSSSA Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

w.ultimatewaterpark.com/waterparks/splashlamirada.html
http://www.ultimatewaterpark.com/waterparks/raging-waters-sacramento.html
http://www.ultimatewaterpark.com/waterparks/knotts-soakcity-ps.html
http://www.ultimatewaterpark.com/waterparks/castle-park-buccaneer-cove.html
http://www.ultimatewaterpark.com/waterparks/magic-mountain.html
http://www.ultimatewaterpark.com/waterparks/boomerang-bay_ca.html
http://www.ultimatewaterpark.com/waterparks/six-flags-hurricane-harbor-la.html
http://www.ultimatewaterpark.com/waterparks/the-island-waterpark.html
http://www.ultimatewaterpark.com/waterparks/wild-water-adventures.html
http://www.ultimatewaterpark.com/waterparks/legoland-california.html

 

Summer Shoes

Summer Shoes (Photo credit: Klearchos Kapoutsis)

 

LIST OF SUMMER ACTIVITIES!!

 

See a movie at the drive-in

 

Walk on the boardwalk and listen to the boards creak under your feet

 

Blow bubbles

 

Play tag, hopscotch, or one of your favorite childhood games

 

Ride a roller coaster

 

Play miniature golf

 

Win a prize at the fair

 

Catch fireflies at night

 

Build a sandcastle at the beach

 

Eat and Drink

 

 

Eat a whole lobster with your hands

 

Pick berries and peaches at a farm

 

Buy a Creamsicle from the neighborhood ice cream truck

 

Roast marshmallows over a fire and make s’mores

 

Make lemonade from scratch

 

Eat corn on the cob

 

Sip a sweating glass of iced tea

 

Eat a slice of watermelon

 

Buy fresh produce at the farmers’ market

 

Mix up a pitcher of sangria

 

Eat a soft-serve vanilla ice cream cone with rainbow sprinkles

 

Dig your own clams

 

Have a barbecue

 

Relax

 

Nap in a hammock

 

Have a picnic in the park

 

Sit on a porch swing

 

Stargaze while lying in the grass

 

Watch the sun set from a beach

 

Dangle your feet off a dock

 

Bring a blanket and lie on the grass at an outdoor concert

 

The Great Outdoors

 

Pick wildflowers

 

Swim in a lake

 

Rent a bike

 

Go fishing

 

Go camping

 

Play tennis

 

Go for a hike

 

Go kayaking or canoeing

 

Toss a Frisbee

 

Just Because

 

Collect seashells at the beach

 

Take a last-minute road trip

 

See a summer blockbuster

 

Read a trashy novel

 

Walk barefoot in the grass

 

Get caught in a summer rainstorm

 

Sleep with the windows open

 

Make a summer playlist

 

Smell freshly-cut grass

 

Feel the sun on your back

 

Roll up your pant legs and go wading

 

Go to a baseball game

 

 

 

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