On this day, the last in July, you better jump to it.
Summer in Pennsylvania – a season to be savored to its fullest, like the last spoonful of ooey goodness at the bottom of a chocolate fudge sundae – won’t last but a few more weeks, so go, go, go to the places and events that recharge your soul, revive happy memories or remind you why this part of the planet, not Tallahassee or Tucson, is where you choose to be.
Beeline to a public pool like the one in Kingston’s Hamilton Park. Or get to a cool, watery spot in one of the area’s exceptional state parks: Frances Slocum, Ricketts Glen or the lesser-used Nescopeck.
Take in a RailRiders minor league baseball game or schedule a late-August excursion to South Williamsport for the Little League Baseball World Series; as long as you’re headed that way, the kids might appreciate a chance to ogle the slithering things at Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland.
Raft on the Lehigh Gorge’s white water. Rent a canoe and drift down the serene Susquehanna. Traipse a trail like the nearby Back Mountain or the farther afield, and more physically challenging, Appalachian Trail, which slices into the commonwealth near Delaware Water Gap.
Jeepers, why is summer so blazin’ short? The same is often, if belatedly, asked of life.
For inspiration on destinations, grab today’s edition of the Guide or visit the Times Leader’s online calendar listings. Pick an outdoor concert or play. Plan on hitting the circuit of church carnivals and at least a few food festivals. Montrose Blueberry Festival next weekend, anyone?
Revisit favorites: Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton, and Knoebels amusement park, near Elysburg. Stick to local history at Eckley Miners Village Museum and the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum. Or whirl and twirl at Hersheypark and Dorney Park. Disappear for an afternoon into the dark of an area movie theater. Don’t forget the Garden Drive-In. What about the area’s water parks and golf courses?
Spend a lazy afternoon at the local public library, lounging while flipping through magazines you neither subscribe to nor know much about but find intriguing. Or leave the house in the morning with no particular route in mind, stopping at farmers markets, roadside stands and off-the-beaten-track shops.
Have your kids been to The Children’s Museum in Bloomsburg, Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum or the Crayola Factory in Easton? For fun without the price of admission, load the bicycles and point the vehicle toward the Pine Creek Rail Trail.
Before all the fireflies vanish from backyards, and those work, school and other obligations intrude this fall, find time to more fully appreciate the Keystone State: Philadelphia’s history, Altoona’s “horseshoe,” Lancaster County’s rolling countryside. Perhaps pluck an idea from pennlive.com’s “Pennsylvania Bucket List.”
Don’t miss this one.