Summer Schemes ‘n Dreams

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Y’all, I’m COLD.  There’s snow coming down (again) outside my window, I’m on my fourth cup of tea of the day, I’m wearing layers IN THE HOUSE and I’m about to kick another tube of hand lotion.  At the moment, I’m not sure it will ever be warm again, although at least I have it better than the Ingalls family during The Long WinterI’m employing my usual techniques for riding it out: plenty of tea, good books, warm blankets, and a pile of knitting to keep my lap warm.  Still, it’s SO ridiculously cold that the only thing that will really, honestly warm me up is planning for the summer ahead.  (If there is a summer ahead.  Right now, it seems a bit like taking a leap of faith.)  It’ll be my first summer in New York State since… oh… 2003 or so, so I want to make it count.  Here’s a bit of what I’m looking forward to this summer, if it ever actually comes:

  • Hiking Letchworth State Park.  This is tops on the list.  I’ve never been there, but it’s called “The Grand Canyon of the East” and it’s not far from Buffalo, so this must be on the agenda.  We’re thinking we’ll invite Grandma and Grandpa and Aunt Grace to come along and make it a big family affair.
  • A wedding in Boston, and hopefully, seeing my pen-pal Katie for an afternoon while we’re there.
  • Climbing at least one or two Adirondack high peaks.  Cascade and Porter are two of the easier climbs, and can be combined into one excursion, so they’re good possibilities.  And I’d love to see the view from atop Mount Marcy.
  • Visiting Greycliff, which looks like it would be beautiful in all seasons, but especially in summer.
  • Taking in the scene at Larkin Square and Taste of Buffalo.
  • Renting kayaks and exploring the Canalside area.  (I’m not sure if this will be something Peanut can do with us by the time she’s two, or if we’ll need to call on Grandma to snuggle her onshore.)
  • Running the Fifty Yard Finish Half Marathon.
  • Making – and drinking – homemade lemonade.
  • Taking in a performance at Shakespeare in the Park… maybe.  (Or maybe this is something to put off until a future year when our toddler will be a little less unruly and more cultured, LOL.)
  • Visiting more of the wineries on the Niagara Wine Trail.  (We’ve already been to Konzelmann and Palatine Hills, YUM.)
  • Taking Peanut to the park and letting her run around to her heart’s content.
  • Sitting and soaking up sunshine.
  • Exploring more hiking trails in WNY.
  • Afternoon sails on my parents’ boat.

What are you looking forward to doing if the weather ever warms up?

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