I can’t believe my summer in Portland is coming to a close. In just a few short weeks, I’ll be packing up my life and heading to Denver to finish my final year of university schooling. While I’ve had an immeasurable amount of fun in the past two months, my summer bucket list still remains unfinished! I plan on dedicating the last three weeks of August to having as many new experiences as possible and ending the season with a bang. Here are a few of the quintessential summer activities on my to-do list!
1. Pretend It’s 1960. Growing up, every summer my family would spend our weekends going to vintage car cruise-ins and listening to the Beach Boys CD on repeat. There’s something about the warm weather that makes me nostalgic for the years of leisure suits and John F. Kennedy. Luckily for me, drive-in movie theaters are still a popular destination for families and lovers alike. The 99W Drive-In is the perfect evening getaway from Portland, located 30 minutes south in Newberg.
2. Wedding Crash. When you live in a city as friendly as Portland, it’s hard to imagine that wedding crashing could result in anything other than free food, free cocktails, and a good time. However, if you decide to show up to a reception uninvited, be prepared with a few good lies of how you know the couple and don’t hold Shop Adorn responsible if you get caught! Searching online bridal communities is a good way to find weddings in your area. If you want to play it safe, a good option is to go as a +1. Single men are always posting on Craigslist to find women to accompany them and make their friends jealous. Work it, girl!
3. Overcome a Fear. This photo was taken last summer when I disobeyed my parents’ wishes and went skydiving! It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life and I encourage everyone to do it, even if you hate heights. The warm weather provides a great opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of living. What’s a better way than to get some adrenaline pumping? If skydiving isn’t your thing, you can always go rock climbing, white water rafting, or even bungee jumping. Do anything that is out of your comfort zone, even if it is just learning to be confident enough to see a movie alone on a Friday night!
4. Go Picking. One of my favorite discoveries about Oregon is the marionberry! I had heard of this delicious fruit before arriving, but had never tasted one. Thankfully I find them tasty so I can appreciate the plethora of marionberry jams, smoothies, and muffins! Even if you don’t like this treat of the Northwest, there are plenty of other berries to love! One of my roommate’s favorite weekend activities is to go berry picking on Sauvie Island. Eating the fruits of your labor never tasted so sweet.
5. Spread the Holiday Love. Why does the Fourth of July get all the attention? Memorial Day and Labor Day are just as important! Plus, who doesn’t want an excuse to host a party? Toast to the end of summer and our government workers by donning your red, white, and blue this upcoming Labor Day and start grilling the hot dogs. Your friends will love the opportunity to socialize and your wallet will appreciate the chance to reuse all the pricey Fourth of July decorations. It’s a win-win for everyone!
6. Travel the World (or Cross a Border!) With the kids off of school and gorgeous weather in virtually everywhere in the western hemisphere, it is the perfect time to take a vacation! Understandably, not everyone can afford a dream trip to Paris, but there are certainly budget-friendly ways to travel. My personal favorite is the adventurous BoltBus + hostel combination. Earlier in the summer, I took the BoltBus to Vancouver, Canada, for $50 roundtrip! To top it off, I stayed in a downtown hostel for two nights at $20 per night. The best part of this deal? All the incredible, foreign travelers you meet! Who needs the luxuries of a personal bathroom when you can make friends with accents? (Pro tip: Check out Couchsurfing.org for a 100% free way to find lodging!)
7. Pretend to Get Fit. Or, actually do. The choice is yours! But if you just want to have fun without all the fuss of sweating on a regular basis, consider participating in one of the many themed run/walks! The ever-popular Color Me Rad race dyes runners with colored powder and features an epic party at the finish line. Another option for more “hardcore” fun-havers is the Warrior Dash where participants have to climb over obstacles and roll through mud in order to complete the race. There seems to be a new 5K for almost every interest from zombies to raves! Plus, your Facebook friends will be super impressed when you upload photos of yourself wearing the number bib. Score!
8. Savor the Sweet. Summer is one of the few times per year when foodies actually prefer the tangy sweetness of fruit over the smooth decadence of chocolate. Embrace this opportunity and experiment in the kitchen! Pinterest is full of fruit-inspired recipes to take to your next picnic. My personal favorites include fruit-filled ice cubes, fruit pizza, and grilled fruit! Another bonus? You can have seconds of dessert without feeling guilty. Eat up!
Hopefully you can squeeze in at least one of these fun ideas before summer ends. Or, if you have other warm weather activities planned, I’d love to hear about them! Tweet me at @shopadorn or post a pic to Instagram. After all, if you have a social life and no one on the internet sees, does it really exist? PICTURES, OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN.