Locales | June 21st, 2015
While it has felt like summer for well over a month or two here in Texas, today marks the first official day of the Summer season. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with summer in the past. As a fair complexioned, easily overheated individual, endless days of sweltering heat and punishing rays wear me down quickly. But in the interest of generally enjoying life more, I’ve also embraced all that summer has to offer. Cold pools, juicy fruits, sno-cone stands, summer blockbusters and warm, star-filled nights.
This year in anticipation of summer’s swift passage, I have set a few goals of things to see/do/experience before the arrival of autumn.
1. Wear bright colors as often as possible.
This might seem a bit vapid, but as a habitual wearer of black, white, black & white and gray clothing, I’m trying to embrace the sunny days with equally sunny clothing. While a perfect black dress will always be my first choice, there is something to be said for the way a pop of pink or bright floral pattern can boost your mood and lift your spirits.
My current pattern obsession is pineapples. Pineapples on everything!
2. Visit Hamilton Pool Preserve outside of Austin.
Formed by water erosion, this natural pool is fed by Hamilton Creek. With limestone outcroppings, a 50 foot waterfall and aquamarine waters, it seems like a perfect place to pass a summer day.
Unfortunately, after all the flooding Texas has seen this spring, the pool is currently not open for swimming. But hopefully the water levels will continue to drop and it will reopen before the season is over.
3. Go Camping.
My last camping trip was in 2012, so I am long overdue for another expedition. Three years ago, my friends and I hiked into a campsite along Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California. Other than setting up our tent in the only wet spot on the entire campsite and waking up cold and damp, it was a fun and successful camping experience.
I’m not sure what camping in the heat and humidity of Texas will be like, but with rivers and lakes from one side of the state to the next, there is bound to be a spot with cool water just a few yards away.
4. Visit Marfa, TX
Located in far West Texas, the only thing I really know about Marfa is that my aunt is from a town nearby and there is a lone (faux?) Prada shop in this quirky, middle-of-nowhere town.
Specifically my goal is to stay at El Cosmico. This self-proclaimed “nomadic hotel” allows guests to camp freely, lounge in the hammock grove or stay the night in Sioux-style tepees, a Mongolian yurt, renovated vintage trailers or safari tents. I’m aiming for either a teepee or the yurt. Although each trailer has its own distinct name, as in the Imperial Mansion, Kozy Coach and Little Pinky.
5. Spend a day swimming at Rock Creek
Located north-east of Sacramento in Placerville, CA, Rock Creek is one of my favorite swimming holes. My friend shared the (semi) secret location with me last year and we spent every afternoon we could jumping off the waterfall, splashing in the basin and exploring up the creek bed. I’m hoping there will still be some water left up there in August. The irony that Texas is flooded while California is in drought is not lost on me. Growing up it was always the opposite.
I love this spot so much, I had a little tribute tattoo done before moving out of California last year. My favorite thing about this piece is that my friend Jonny, who initially showed me the spot, sketched the artwork for the tattoo.
This summer is going to be one to remember. In addition to hopefully accomplishing my summer goals, I’m throwing a bachelorette party in Dallas over 4th of July weekend and standing by my best friend as her Maid of Honor when she marries her soulmate in August. I can’t wait!
What do you hope to see/do/accomplish this summer? Tell me in the comments!