Labor Day ….What Does It Mean To You?

For many Labor Day simply means an extra day off, end of summer merchandise sales are taking place at retailers, summer cabins are being closed up for the upcoming winter, or campers are getting in one last camping trip before the bathroom houses are closed down for the season. In truth, however, it was set aside for everyone to pay tribute to all working men and women out there. For me, it brings many different meanings some wonderful and some not so wonderful.

First, it means that summer is unofficially over. School is back in session, schedules need to be followed, and traffic picks up in our area due to school drop off and pick ups. UGGGG!

Second, it means that laundry gets a little more abundant. Jeans and sweatshirts mean a few more loads a week….UGGGG!

And lastly, it means that some of my favorite foods start making a comeback to our weekly menu. Beef stew, chili, and soups are among my favorite meals to have in cooler weather. Not to mention, pumpkin and pumpkin spice items can be found sprinkled around grocery stores everywhere…mmmmm….what to try first is anyones guess.

So, as we approach Labor Day weekend, which yes, for me means an extra day off like many of you, let’s not forget to reflect on this past summer and all the fun and exciting things we all did.

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You all have a great Labor Day weekend and I will be back next week with a great new hike to share with you all.

 

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Looking Back At The Summer Of 2014

With Labor Day past us the unofficially end of summer is here. This brings some sadness to me personally but as always, life must go on. So I thought it would be the perfect time to take a look back at our summer of 2014.

SUP DAYS: We used my stand up paddle board more this year than ever before. We even found a great new beach.

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FUTURE CAMPING DESTINATIONS: We found our next new park to reserve a campsite at for next summer. I am so excited about this one. It’s on a gorgeous lake and offers nice trails to hike throughout the park.

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A FRIENDS CABIN: I finally made it to visit a friends cabin. And while we were visiting them, her and her husband tried our recreational kayaks and fell in love immediately. They bought one of their own the next week:) She thanked me for inspiring her to try kayaking and hiking (which they did on their summer vacation) and I felt so honored to be the person to do this for her. They are a couple with 3 kids that have grown and married. And now they are searching for active things to stay healthy as a couple again. I am so proud of her and hope she continues in this path of trying new things.

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AN EMERGENCY: We also had the chance to experience what it’s like to get a phone call telling us our child has been hurt and rushed to an emergency room. This, of course, was not a pleasurable thing to do this summer but it was still something I will not forget about the summer of 2014. Thankfully, no permanent damage was done and he is close to a full recovery at this point. However, it was a long few weeks!!!

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GIRLS DAY IN DOOR COUNTY: I had the best time spending the day in Door County with two girlfriends wine tasting, shopping, and eating our way through the area.

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FEAST WITH THE BEAST: Our annual date night we shared this year with another couple my husband knew from where he works. We had so much fun, came home way too full of food and maybe even a little to much alcohol may have been consumed. It was a great time and I can’t wait until next year.

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VACATION TO REMEMBER:  We visited the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and Copperfalls State Park for our vacation this summer and it was amazing. We will have memories forever of everything we did, saw, and shared while at this beautiful place together.

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A FEW KAYAKING TRIPS WITH A NEW FRIEND: This year we were pretty limited to our kayaking weekends with our son unable to paddle for most of the summer. Thankfully we still did get out  a few times with our neighbor who has become a big part everything we do. We have lived two doors down for a few years now and just never really met until this year. We have since learned that she is as adventurous as we are and have enjoyed including her in all our activities. She has become a fun friend for my entire family.

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This is just a quick look at everything I loved about the summer of 2014. From sunsets,

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to chai shakes,

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I will miss summer for months to come.

Despite my sadness, I do have great plans on the calendar up until those white, cold flakes start falling from the sky. So I best be going and start planning those fun filled fall days that are ahead.

What’s your favorite season?

Why?