THE MONTHLY ADVANCE
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this time of the year. Taking in the sights from the shade with a glass of wine in my hand is a vacation that I don’t need a flight to find. I think summer peaks in July. In a sense, June and July are a season unto themselves. The Fourth of July may be the marquee event of this time of year, but the quiet moments during this time of year can be just as memorable. Just like when I was a kid, it’s a time when you’re not waiting for anything but an excuse to relax. Once August rolls around and BSU football starts kicking into gear, it already feels like the fall. Summer is more fleeting with every passing year, but that only makes me all the more determined to make the most of it. In the past, I might’ve thought that involved booking a trip or venturing to unknown environs. These days, I take advantage of summer in simpler ways. I encourage you to enjoy the summer on your terms. Maybe that includes a whitewater rafting adventure or a simple stroll through your favorite park. Whatever your preferred destination, we all deserve to get away during the most beautiful time of the year — even if the only distance you travel is one between different states of mind. —Al Jones PT, OCS, Cert. MDT “Summer is more fleeting with every passing year, but that only makes me all the more determined to make the most of it.”
THE SIMPLE PLEASURES OF SUMMER YOU DON’T HAVE TO TRAVEL TO GET AWAY
Michelle is an avid gardener. While flowers are her favorite, she also devotes a little space to vegetables like tomatoes — which I know are technically fruits — and herbs like chives. Michelle may be the one who grows the food, but I’m more than happy to grill it. In addition to the bounty from our garden, you can find me searing carnivorous classics like chicken and ribs during the summer months. In addition to outdoor cooking, we love spending our evenings in the backyard doing nothing in particular. We like to watch Harry make a fool of himself by chasing critters. I’ve never seen him actually catch anything, but come to think of it, we do have a lot fewer squirrels than we used to. We’re lucky enough to have a view of the foothills from our house, which is particularly spectacular during
When you’re a kid, summer is all about one thing: school vacation. There’s no feeling quite like crossing that threshold from the weekly grind of school to days of endless possibility. Of course, most of us living in the adult world aren’t so lucky. If your routine’s anything like mine, you need to squeeze in all the summer enjoyment you can in between your regular work schedule. During our time in San Diego, Michelle and I loved taking drives up and down the coast during the summer time. It was the perfect way to unwind and take in the scenery after a long day. Of course, Idaho isn’t known for its coastal highways, so we’ve had to change our game plan since moving to Boise. These days, our perfect summer getaway doesn’t require much travel. In fact, it’s in our backyard.
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