It’s Labor Day weekend. The last hurrah of summer. I know it sounds cliche, but did summer fly by in the blink of an eye? It sure seems that way. Is it true that the older you get the faster time passes? It feels that way!
Now that Summer is on its last leg and dreams of everything pumpkin flavored is right around the corner, it’s time to take a look back at the last 3 months. Every year I ask myself if I accomplished all I wanted to during the summer months. If not, can I carry over some of those things into fall, or shelf it until next year.
Most of my summer was one big blur of sorting mail, delivering mail, and worrying about whatever vehicle I’m driving on my mail route will make it to the end of the route. It’s a well known fact in the mail world that unless your route is assigned a postal vehicle, it is the carriers responsibility to find and maintain your own vehicle (in most cases we have a main vehicle and a spare-cause you never know) I went through 3 Saturdays in a row where my vehicle died on me on the route. Lucky for me, I have a patient and multi talented hubby, who seems to have spent most of his summer with his head buried underneath the hood of multiple cars (no, he is not a mechanic!)
When I wasn’t delivering mail, I did manage to tick off some things off my summer “to do” list.
June started with a mini trip to Chicago to see my favorite band in the whole wide world, U2. After standing waiting all day, I got another signature from Bono (no, not on my other arm silly!). I also was interviewed along with many other U2 fans for the Dream Out Loud upcoming movie about U2 fans sharing their stories about the band. I was so nervous! As I was telling my story, a few times I had to choke back tears. Yes, my admiration and love for U2 does that to me. Don’t judge me 🙂
It was the first time I rented an Airbnb in Chicago. I was very happy with the whole experience. Soldier Field was easily drivable from this apartment in Andersonville.
The end of June I was lucky to be able to take off a few days and embarked on my 7 Wisconsin Road Trips in 7 days trip. First up was a day in Kenosha. I spent the day in Kenosha eating great food and visiting the Public Museum. I followed that up with a day in Milwaukee, a day in Door County and Washington Island, and another at Cave Point in Door County. I think my favorite was a throwback from last summers list-the Marinette County Waterfalls tour with my bestie, Becky. It rained most of the day, but we had a blast and saw some awesome sights.
July was a pretty crazy work month, but I did manage to have my first TV appearance. I was on Local 5 Live to talk about my blog and travels. Talk about nervous!! I did find that once I started talking, I felt at home. Of course it helps to be passionate about what your talking about too! It was fun. If I can inspire just one woman who has always wanted to travel but may not have anyone to go with to go, I’ve accomplished what I set out to do.
August brought my camping trip to Indian Lake State Park in Manistique, Michigan. We took a side trip to Mackinac Island (blog posts coming soon!). I love Upper Michigan. There are so many things to see there.
We cut our trip a day short due to chilly temperatures and a brisk wind. Not much fun tent camping when it’s cold!
Which brings me to the end of summer. Even though I didn’t get much travel time in this summer, I was able to cross off most things from my list. There are a couple of things that can carry over to fall-a trip to Beloit and another stay in Chicago come to mind.
I also managed to use my kayak a few times. This was the first summer I had it. I love kayaking! It’s so relaxing paddling around on a deserted lake with the sun shining and just the sound of your paddle hitting the water!
So that’s the wrap-up of my summer. What did you do this summer?