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A DAY ON THEWATER How I Celebrate the Summer Solstice
As people across the country start planning their epic summer vacations, many forget to take the summer solstice into consideration. Known colloquially as midsummer, the summer solstice occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt toward the sun and reaches its highest point in the sky, and we get to enjoy the sunshine for a little bit longer. While the solstice isn’t necessarily a widely celebrated holiday, it was always one of my favorites growing up because it meant my family got to spend more time doing what we loved most: playing in the water!
While we supported and encouraged each other, we were also secretly trying to be the best. To this day, I think that family competition is what drove us all to try slalom skiing with only one ski. It was a kind of badge of honor for everyone who could successfully do it. Even now, we all do fairly well out there — with the exception of an incident a couple years ago where I tried skiing in a swimsuit that was too baggy. The wind caught the swim trunks like a parachute, but I managed to keep from flashing all the other lake-goers! In my opinion, the best way to spend summer solstice is out on a boat. Since the sun stays in the sky for longer, you don’t have to leave as soon as you would otherwise. This year, on June 21, my wife and I are aiming to make the most out of the gift of extra sunshine by taking our girls to play in the water. Since I had a pool to play in as a kid and Laura had a club pool in her neighborhood, we’ve tried to impart the same love for water we had as kids to our girls. Laura and I often take them to the lake near my parents’ place to go tubing and to a cool local pool in our community. Since the pool is so close and has grills, we will pack up a delicious lunch and, after a couple hours of splashing around, have a barbecue.
“Even now, we all do fairly well out there — with the exception of an incident a couple years ago where I tried skiing in a swimsuit that was too baggy. The wind caught the swim trunks like a parachute, but I managed to keep from flashing all the other lake-goers!”
I enjoy the summer solstice because it adds more sunshine to the day and reminds me of all the great options we have to enjoy the outdoors right here close to home. It’s easy to get caught up in making big vacation plans and forget about the lakes, rivers, mountains, and pools you have at your back door. If you don’t have anything planned for the solstice, I encourage you to do some research and figure out how you want to spend the longest (and most fun) day of the year!
From a young age we spent all our free time out on the water getting pulled behind the boat on tubes. As soon as we graduated from tubing, we tried our hands at water skiing. Every single person in the family loved (and still loves) it so much that it became a competition of one-upmanship.
–Kyle Matthews 1 (248) 543-0340janetdaviscleaners.com
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