This’ll be a pretty straightforward one, so sit back, relax, and (hopefully) enjoy! Over here in the Pacific Northwest, the days have been getting significantly longer and people have been complaining less and less about the all-too-familiar Washington rain. I can’t complain one bit. The state’s beautiful with terrible weather, so you can imagine how things go when the clouds decide to stay home.
So this is only my second post here, but if there’s one thing you know about me, it’s that I love trying new things. Therefore, I’m not gonna sit here and tell you to go on a hike or hit the beaches. Literally, everybody and their mother knows what to do on a sunny day. However, if you’ve never been to a certain view or splashed around at a certain beach, by all means, go there. No plans, though? I’ve got you covered.
I don’t mean to brag, but I’m very good at not being bored. Hours on hours at being stuck at home will do that to a man. Or woman. Whatever you prefer – like I said, I’m in the PNW and people go crazy about that sort of thing.
Anyway, let’s not get controversial. I’m here for ideas on filling those empty days, so let’s start with the basics.
Doing Absolutely Nothing
This is really as easy as it gets. Some days are meant for lazing around. I remember one day when it got too hot, some buddies and I laid a tarp down on his pick-up and made a redneck hot (cold?) tub. One could argue that’s technically doing something, but it aided our mission in laying around all day.
I’m a huge closet nerd and I’ll go to a nearby park with a backpack full of comics and read the crap out of them. I’m in love with unproductive days. Get absolutely nothing done and, at the end of the day, be proud of that. Point is, it’s good to take a literal day off. Sit around, inside or out, and just do you. Don’t worry though, things will get a bit more interesting soon.
Don’t worry though, things will get a bit more interesting soon.
Get Reaaaaal Unhealthy
This next one is gonna be oddly specific. If you’re trying to achieve and maintain that summer beach bod, you probably want to skip this one.
Summer is the perfect time to get some friends over, break out that fancy grill, and channel your inner dad. Socks and sandals are a bonus. Learning to grill is an absolute necessity in life and it’s not exactly rocket surgery. Put a patty on the fire, flip, cheese, then take it off. The rest are just details. But, like I said, everyone knows to throw a barbecue, so let’s get weird with it.
I haven’t met anyone who has done this before I introduced them to it and that seriously perplexes me. When I go out for burgers, a shake is an absolute must. They just pair together perfectly. So, I take that philosophy and apply it to my backyard parties. I also add a touch of laziness in there for taste. Here it goes: you buy a couple boxes of ice cream sandwiches, throw it in a blender, and you get instant milkshakes. Keep in mind, these could easily kill my diabetic friends. That fact also did not stop them from drinking these.
Some bonus artery cloggers: bacon-wrapped everything, otter pop margaritas, homemade cheese-infused patties, and homemade patty-infused cheese. Access your inner fat kid and let him out.
Some of my favorite memories are from hopping on a bus to the nearest city and getting lost with some old friends. Some sort of transportation is strongly recommended. I know biking is huge in Cali – personally, I love my longboard. Unless you somehow love it, there comes a point where walking just doesn’t cut it. Definitely bring some wheels and just ride the sidewalks.
Generally, I like to stay towards the areas geared towards tourists and work from there. Starting off in a place like the business district really isn’t fun. Tourist traps are made to amuse and entertain and, honestly, I let myself fall for them once in a while. Sometimes you just gotta buy that Space Needle snowglobe despite the fact that you live half an hour away from it.
On the flip side, maybe get away from the city. Take a hike and then stray from the path. Disclaimer: do not do this with zero knowledge of nature and the area you’re hiking in. Safety is a priority in both the city and forests. I’m not particularly knowledgeable regarding survival, so I leave that to my wilderness-inclined friends.
I guess it’s not as much “getting lost” as it is “exploring”.
Either way, get out there and break the mold.
Till next time,