Summer Plans

I think I’ve finally adjusted into summer. Finals took a lot out of me; the more I rested, the more tired I got. Finally, I woke up this morning feeling mentally clear and energized. Maybe it was all the biking, maybe it was the number of days home, maybe it was a giant group video chat I had with my school friends, or maybe it was the plans for a few upcoming day-trips that I’ve started to assemble. Before today, planning out places to go and actually going sounded so exhausting. However, now I’m ready to go on some (well-styled) adventures.

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Thursday, my friend and I have made plans to take a day trip up to Cape Cod. We’ve decided not to plan it out too-too much, and instead drive along the coast, explore, and see where we end up. However, thanks to a delightful dream I had about lighthouses last night, I have a map of all the lights in that area. To begin, we’ll put one light house into the GoogleMaps so we can get there, before continuing to explore. Right now I definitely want to go to the Nauset and Chatham lights. Today my mom told me how to properly say Chatham. It’s such an odd word. She says it’s supposed to be pronounced “Ch-adam” while this whole time I’ve been saying “Chath-um.” Now that I think of it, it could also be pronounced “Chat-hum” or “Chat-ham.” Is this the next yanny/laurel? Probably not… moving on.

Yesterday, I randomly fell into two roundtrip ferry tickets to Block Island, so I guess a day-trip to Block Island is in my future. The last time I went was with 20 Italian exchange students (they came here to stay and study with us, and later in the year we went to live with them for a couple of weeks). The day was overcast and I kept re-applying sunscreen, but somehow managed to get the absolute worst sunburn all over my face anyway. It peeled for weeks and I vowed never to return to Block Island… So much for that! This time, I will be reapplying sunscreen much more frequently, wearing a hat, and possibly a bag over my head! I am excited to go, however, since I’ve only explored one side of the island thus far and would like to see just what else is out there.

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I’ve also decided that fire towers are my newest obsession. First it was trestles, then covered bridges, and now I have to add fire towers, or any tower, to the mix. After visiting the Poet’s Seat Tower in Greenfield, MA last fall, and Bancroft Tower in Worchester, MA last winter, I can only help but imagine how fun it would be to climb a fire tower and see the view! Especially when the view is already amazing on the ground, I can only help but get excited for how much better it would be from above!

In addition to studying the summer away, I am also taking on the task of re-doing my bedroom. It is time for these God awful pink walls to go; I’ve had enough! Whenever I go to take a selfie in my room, my skin literally looks PINK because of the walls. It feels like a cave and I can’t stand it anymore. While it’s going to take two coats to cover, I couldn’t be more excited or ready for white paint!!! I can’t wait for my room at home to be updated to my current style just like my at school room is. When I come home for the weekend, I want to feel relaxed and inspired by my space, not sucked into a portal back to my twelve-year-old mentality to paint everything pink.

While I have a few days planned already, I decided to assemble a very loose list of things I want to do and places I want to go this summer. Because I’ll be studying my butt off in an attempt to prepare for the LSAT (my head already hurts just from registering) and finishing up summer classes, I’m not sure how many of these I’ll actually do, but for the sake of it, here are a few of my ideas:

  • Explore 5 new lighthouses
  • Hunt down 2 new covered bridges
  • Explore and hike the Flume Gorge and visit nearby covered bridges
  • Enjoy the roses at Elizabeth Park
  • Catch a sunset at my favorite lake in Maine
  • Find a horse to ride
  • Drive up the cape a couple of times and explore
  • Go for a bike ride with my parents
  • Block Island (fingers crossed the big boat doesn’t sink)
  • Take a polo lesson
  • Explore Gillette Castle
  • Climb the Stratton Mountain fire tower
  • Many other hikes
  • Return to Acadia

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