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Our Summer To-Do List


Hey-yo! we are running pretty far behind on seasonal reports, if you couldn’t tell from last week’s post. Trust me though – even though July is coming to a close, we still have two solid months of summer left in Georgia. So it’s certainly not too late to put together our ultimate “Summer To-Do List”! The first year we were together, we made cutesy seasonal to-do lists and hung them up in our apartment. I don’t really have the energy for that these days, so I figured, let’s put it on the blog. Why not! Happy summer everyone! What’s on your to-do list?

Our Summer Bucket List

  1. Go caving again, this time on a more serious half day trip – already scheduled for 8/23!
  2. Make a blackberry pie with the wild berries we picked, and make everything from scratch – down to the butter. Heck, let’s make some home made ice cream on the side too for an ala mode extravaganza!
  3. Visit our town’s new brewery, Southern Brewing Company. One of the things we LOVE about our town is that there is no shortage of good beer, and moreover good locally produced consumer goods.
  4. Tour Mushroom Mountain in Easley, SC. We have been wanting to check out this farm FOREVER. Late summer/ early autumn seems to be peak mushroom season in our neck of the woods, so now is as good of time as any!
  5. Visit the ocean. I haven’t been in years, and we have no excuse – we’re only 4 hours away. So yesterday morning … we finally booked a long-desired trip to Cumberland Island! It’s a barrier island only accessible by ferry, with miles of primitive trails. We are staying at a backcountry site for two nights. The island has wild horses! And it’s so sparsely visited, especially in the backcountry, that you can swim in the ocean naked!
  6. Have our own little tubing adventure! Last summer we tubed guerilla style on the Chatooga River by hiking a couple miles upstream, blowing up our tubes, and floating down one of the most beautiful river corridors I have ever seen. No humans, no development, just a beautiful wild river. This year I want to try to beat it by exploring the Etowah.
  7. Drive out to the country to watch the Perseid meteor shower. This one was on our list last year, but the night we woke up at 4 AM to watch, it was overcast.
  8. Visit our secret waterfall. Andrew took his friends last weekend, but I haven’t gotten to go yet. We consider this waterfall the location of our very first date 😀
  9. Make some more stops on our Goodly Portion of Northeast Georgia map. This map is a veritable goldmine, and one of the coolest concepts ever. In the 70s, two women drew up this map to highlight off the beaten path stops off the beautiful scenic byways in Northeast Georgia. Their legacy is carried on through updated yearly editions. Literally every place we have been on the map has been unique and badass.
  10. Enjoy our back porch. Simple. Easy. And the best part of summer. We don’t spend enough time out back since I quit smoking. The back porch used to be our spot, and I miss it.

7 thoughts on “Our Summer To-Do List

  1. Great list! I hope you get to complete it! 🙂

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  2. Sounds like a fun list! Beautiful pic!

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  3. Okay… wild horses?! That sounds like a dream! Great summer list. You’ll definitely be getting out from behind that computer with plan like that! Yay! 🙂

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  4. A trip to the ocean sounds perfect 😀 tubing sounds great but a bit wild for me x TTS

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  5. What a great list! Love that you guys prioritize outdoors time so much, and get lots of variety in too! Hope you have better luck with the Perseids than we do. We live at elevation where there’s no light pollution, so we usually get a pretty kick ass view of the night sky (we can see the Milky Way almost every night), and yet we strike out at pretty much every meteor shower! It’s either a rare overcast night, or the meteors just aren’t that impressive that time around. 🙂

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