Bring on the Heat

July 11, 2024
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By: Preston Young

As a New Englander, I’ve come to appreciate the four seasons we experience each year. However, I must admit that this summer’s heat in Connecticut has been particularly intense. While some may find it unbearable, I, for one, am not complaining. Given the choice between sweltering heat and the biting cold of winter, I’ll take the former any day.

Rachel and I seem to have formed this tradition of trading in our parkas and snow boots for swimsuits and flip flops and escaping the harsh Connecticut winters by vacationing in Florida each January. It seems to be a much-needed break from the snow and ice in the New England winter months. During our winter getaways, I’ve always noticed the abundance of snowbirds—those lucky retirees who migrate south to avoid the cold. As a kid, I would chuckle at the thought, wondering why anyone would want to leave the snow. But as I’ve gotten older and now have the responsibility of snow blowing, rather than sledding and enjoying the snow, I finally get it.

This summer marks my first as a new homeowner, and I have to say, the consistent sun and rain have done wonders for my lawn and plants. It’s a small victory in the grand scheme of things, but it brings a smile to my face every time I pull into the driveway. There’s a certain pride that comes with nurturing your own little patch of earth, and this summer has been particularly rewarding in that regard.

Despite the heat, New England summers are great for backyard barbecues, swimming, or beach days—there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the season. The long days and warm nights are perfect for outdoor activities and the fourth of July is a great example of that!

As much as I’m enjoying this summer, I’m especially looking forward to our upcoming trip to Cape Cod in August. As a kid, our family went a couple of times, but it has been many years and I’m looking forward to enjoying their fresh seafood, exploring the beaches, and visiting Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

We’ve already started planning our activities for the trip. We’ll definitely spend a lot of time at the beach, but we’re also looking into other activities. Whale watching is high on our list, seeing these creatures up close is something you never forget. Food is always a big part of our vacations, and Cape Cod is no exception. In addition to the seafood, there are plenty of great restaurants and bakeries to try. Another thing we’re excited about is the shopping. Cape Cod has some great boutiques and shops where you can find unique items and souvenirs. It’s always fun to bring back a little something that reminds you of the trip.

I’ll be sure to write another blog about our Cape Cod adventure, sharing all the highlights and memorable moments. Until then, I’ll continue to soak up the summer heat here in Connecticut, appreciating the beauty and joy it brings. Summer may have its challenges, but it’s also a season of growth (figuratively and literally for our plants) and exploration. And for that, I’m grateful!

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