The transition from June to July shocks me a little every year.
Where did June go? Is summer really a third over? How can that be possible?
I know by the calendar we’re only two weeks in, but anyone who has spent more than a few summers in the Vail Valley knows that this season flies by faster than anywhere else, except maybe Antarctica. Cooler temperatures, falling leaves, snow. They all will be creeping up on us before we know it.
The local saying, “I came here for the winters but stayed for the summers,” reaffirms itself for valley residence year after year. Summers in the Vail Valley are amazing. But, oh so very brief.
So with the swift passing of the summer of 2013, I have made a list of the things I must do before Labor Day.
In no particular order:
1. Go hiking. I don’t know why I haven’t hiked most of the most popular trails in the area. It just never occurs to me to go hiking. I’m not about to go do a 14’er. Seriously, that is not on my bucket list. But I do want to get outside and, you know, commune with nature. In my own way. So I got a book at The Bookworm that sounded like it was written for me: “Best Easy Day Hikes — Vail.” There are 10 between Edwards and East Vail. One is “hiking” the paved path around Nottingham Lake. Even I had to qualify that one. But at least I’ve already done one. Nine to go!
2. Make ice cream. And then ice cream sandwiches. And maybe even a banana split!
3. Enjoy live outdoor music. Sometimes a whole summer goes by and I don’t go to a single Bravo! Vail performance. Or partake in the Hot Summer Nights free concerts on Tuesdays. Or enjoy the multitude of Vail Jazz Festival offerings. And starting next week, there are free concerts in Beaver Creek every Wednesday. I’m not going to miss the music this year.
4. Go to a farmers market every weekend.
5. Find a hammock in the shade on a glorious warm afternoon and fall asleep in it while reading. Please wake me gently if you discover me in your yard.
6. Keep my potted flowers alive. I realize this doesn’t sound challenging to many of you, but the fact is, I kill everything that lives in dirt. I’ve already plucked a few dried, shriveled pansies from one pot. I have Post-It notes all over my house: “Water flowers!” So simple, but very challenging.
7. Ride my bike to work. It’s not like I live in Eagle and work in East Vail. This is totally achievable, good for the environment and yet still is something I’ve never done. Part of the reason is the hill. The one that starts at Highway 6 and ends at my office, the highest one in Beaver Creek, save for actually working on the mountain. I’m just not sure that’s how I want to start my day. And then there are the logistics of looking presentable for work. No one wants their concierge to look like she’s just finished an Ironman. But it’s not like I’ve never ridden up a hill before. So seriously, stop whining and just do it, Boyne.
8. Enjoy the sunset from my deck every evening it isn’t raining.
9. Find the recipe for the cocktail of the summer. In summers past it has been the mojito, the lemondrop martini and a basil-grape-vodka concoction that was coined “The Salad” because that’s what the remains looked like in the cocktail shaker. This summer’s may very well be the lovely drink I had at The Rose in Edwards last weekend, but time will tell. And testing. Lots of testing.
10. Go stand-up paddle boarding. My friends know that I don’t like being wet. So this is a big deal, an out-of-the-comfort-zone activity for me. I know, right? I’m getting so daring!
11. Attend as many performances of the Vail International Dance Festival as possible. It’s my favorite two weeks of the whole year. I love the dance!
12. Find the best iced coffee in town.
So, if any of my friends reading this would like to help me achieve these goals, participate with me, or share the food/drink, that would make it all the more enjoyable. Call me! And stay tuned. I’ll let you know if anything entertaining happens along the way.
Linda Stamper Boyne, of Edwards, can be contacted through firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.’