Manology: 10 Things to Put on Your Summer Bucket List
Summer is here and it should be awesome; so stop wasting it. Here are a handful of quests, pilgrimages, trips, expeditions and splurges that are sure to turn any summer dream into a reality. So whatever you’re into — always remember it’s better in summer.
- Rent an RV and take it somewhere. There are 29,000 campsites in 401 national parks, 221,000 campsites in 7,800 state parks, and 4,300 campgrounds in 155 national forests — and that’s just in the U.S. That’s a lot of open space to explore.
- Take a road trip. You don’t necessarily need an RV to hit the open road. Take a trip to the beach, go see the world’s largest ball of twine or gaze at the world’s largest frying pan. Why? Because you can.
- Grill something unique. Fire up the grill … it is summer after all! Get outside and grill something fun. Mix it up — appetizers, side dishes, main dishes and desserts — your backyard burner can be utilized for all of it.
- Enter a food-eating contest. Can you eat a large pizza by yourself, a dozen pancakes for breakfast or a half-gallon of ice cream as a snack? Perhaps it’s time to belly up to the table at an eating challenge. Put your mouth where the money is, find your niche and then eat it.
- Crash a summer wedding. What’s not to love? Free booze, beautiful people and live music — it’s like a formal that you don’t have to pay for. Just remember to wish the couple a lifetime of happiness.
- Build a tree house. Just remember to choose the perfect tree — it will be the foundation for your hideaway.
- Hang a hammock. If building a tree house is too complicated, hanging a hammock is far less complicated. Sit back, relax and read a book (or three).
- Play in water from a fire hydrant. If you can tell me a better way to waste 1,800 gallons of water a minute while simultaneously lowering the water pressure of the surrounding neighborhood … I’m all ears.
- Light something on fire. Fireworks. Campfire. Civil War cannon. Buy it, build it or find it — and then light it on fire.
- Do nothing. Every entry on this list is a suggestion — this is a demand. This is the sole reason for which summer was invented.