By Julia Hodges
Summer is almost here! Finals Week ends on June 8, which is only days away. Although the first official day of summer isn’t until June 20, don’t wait until then to enjoy the season. Here is your 2012 Summer Bucket List, so grab a friend, an iced coffee and get started.
1. Attend a street fair. While there, you can eat corn on the cob, drink fresh-squeezed lemonade, relax in the beer gardens, listen to live music and stroll through the streets. Many of these street fairs have corresponding parades, as well. Check the websites for the different vendors, food and music that will be available at the event.
2. Summer is the perfect time for concerts, and many big name artists will be coming to town. There will also be many shows in different bars around the area, and of course Bumbershoot in September.
3. Make sure to get outside while weather is good. Go swimming in one of the many lakes around Seattle, go bike riding around Greenlake, go canoeing at UW Seattle, anything. Get your tan on while being active.
4. Road trip! Grab a group of friends, a car, and some cash. Roll the windows down, turn the music up, pick a direction and go. Don’t worry about a map, just decide with each turn. Start by picking which direction you want to drive, and then when you come to a stop where you might need to turn, pick a new direction. If you are on a freeway pick a number and take that exit, just let the fun begin and let faith take you to your destination. Just make sure to have a GPS so you can make it home. Make sure to take lots of pictures and don’t be afraid to try something new.
5. Party with your friends, either at a bonfire or a barbeque. Golden Gardens and Alki Beach are great places to do this. Sit around a fire and make some smores. Be sure to enjoy them while they last because once we get “real” jobs in the real world-who knows when we will get a chance to eat them again.
6. Eat some food, and lots of it. Try new things; go to restaurants you’ve been wanting to try, but haven’t found the time because of all those hours studying. Do it now, you know you’re hungry.
7. Go see a movie—outdoors. There are plenty of movies in the parks where you can sit on the ground, or on a lawn chair, and enjoy a flick. Its fun, you get to bring whatever snacks you want, and many of the events are free. Some of the venues offering outdoor movies are Magnuson Park in Seattle, Bellevue Downtown Park, and Marymoor in Redmond.
8. Have fun; all summer, no matter what gets done, what plans fall through, or what doesn’t go your way, just have fun. Summer only comes once a year, make the most of it.