Summer is without a doubt winding down (how even?) and I am determined to not let it go out without with a bang. I’ve got a few things on my until-the-sun-goes-down to-do list and thought I’d trade you for yours. Here’s a list of my end of summer goals, particularly applicable if you’re in LA:
Whale watching. | I spotted a whale once while on the ferry heading back from Catalina and shrieked so loud I startled even myself. I’m talking sheer joy. Up until that point, I had no idea I had an affinity for whales, but lo and behold, they are majestic. As it turns out, this month happens to be the peak time to play iSpy with giant blue whales. Snag two Newport Beach whale and dolphin watching boat cruise tickets for just $23 (!) here.
Camping at Yosemite. | I preface this by saying my usual idea of camping is seeing the woods from my hotel window. Lately, however, I’ve been craving time in nature. Being disconnected, spontaneous, adventurous are all things that scare and excite me at the same time and what better place to unplug and take in the sights than Yosemite? I may even use the hckhkr app to make some new friends along the way.
Finish up my summer reading list. | I have read so many books this summer, but the one I’m currently on is by far my favorite. I’m about halfway through “Hello, Sunshine” by Laura Dave, and cannot put it down. It’s an absolute must-read for the remaining weekends at the beach… and stay tuned! I’ll be giving away a copy later in the week. After that is this book, and then this one. I need to start an online book club.
Visit the Broad. | The Broad has been on my list for a while. With five decades of contemporary art on display, The Broad boasts one of the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide. Admission is free, though it’s best to reserve your tickets in advance. Yayoi Kusama’s renowned Infinity Mirrored Room experience is also free, pending day-of availability, until September 30.
Beach bonfire. | Growing up in Chicago, we used to spend our summers at the lake in Michigan. The best nights were the ones where my Grandpa would build a huge bonfire and my cousins and I would gather around, roasting s’mores. There are only a few beaches in California that let you build bonfires, but they are worth the trek and take me right back to those chilly summer nights at Christie Lake.
Grill something. | Full disclosure: I have no idea how to grill. Something with propane? Do you turn it on like a stove? Can it blow up? Grilling, in my opinion, is super intimidating. Yet, once mastered, could probably turn into a useful life skill. Despite the availability of fancy grills in my apartment complex, I’ve yet to attempt a cook out. Using one of them is now my end of summer challenge so let me know if you have a recipe I should Pin.
Hike Cahuenga Peak. | If you follow along on my Instagram stories, you know I love a good hike. Typically, I stay on the daily digest trails (Runyon, Fryman, Griffith) though some day soon I want to venture out to Cahuenga Peak. It’s a gritty 3-mile trek that includes stunning views of the city, swings you past the Wisdom Tree, and gets you just about as close as you can get to the Hollywood Sign. Good thing Ginger Rogers refused that house.
What are your end of summer goals?
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