Do you long for summer?

Do you long for summer?


What feelings are conjured just by hearing that world?  Summer.

Last week my wife was in a bit of a funk.  A few days later we were skiing a blue bird day at Heavenly Mountain.  We took a break and were sitting in a couple of Adirondack chairs and were basking in the warm sun.  As we talked she said she thought maybe part of her funk was just a plain old lack of sun.  Ahhh… the Vitamin D from the sun.  There’s nothing else like it.

Ski season isn’t over yet — I’m still praying for just one more powder day — but in my heart I am longing for summer.  I’m longing for beach days.  I’m longing for entire days outside with the kids with not a care in the world.  I’m longing for summer days.

It’s that longing that had me looking through old photos of swimsuits and sandals.

Dear God, give me one more powder day on the slopes — and then 80 degrees at the beach.


Emery at Avila Beach near San Luis Obispo, California.


Jackson in the tide pools at Avila Beach


I love summer days like this one at Angora Lake which is just a 20 minute drive from out house in South Lake Tahoe, California.


I love paddle boarding. My friends at are awesome.


One of our favorite summer spots in Lake Tahoe is Baldwin Beach. There's a little stream there that's great for the kids. Emery is happy!


One of our favorite spots in the Santa Barbara area is the Padaro Beach Grill. So relaxed and chill, as the photo would imply.

Do you have a favorite summer spot?

Ready to go there?

While I do seriously look forward to more great time on the ski slopes as this season comes to a close, I can tell you that I really look forward to summer.  The kids just aren’t yet at an age where they can get excited about powder days!  But they DO get excited about beach days!  In a few weeks we’ll be back in SoCal and when we return to Lake Tahoe we’ll be ready for full on summer!  Join us on the journey.  You can like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter or RSS.


  • Ah, yes. Summer is a beautiful thing. Soooo many wonderful memories in my life have come from the summer. In fact, I would venture to guess that 99% of my best memories are all from awesome summer days…that is, until I figured out how to make my winter a summer, as well! Haha!

    • Yes, Alisa… I was thinking of you and all my friends who are chasing summer in their travels or have relocated to a place where it’s summer all the time! I really do LOVE living here in the mountains and being 10 minutes from the ski slopes. I also love how the changing of the seasons gives such an urgency to life. In the winter I want to ski every powder day because I know that those days are numbered. In the summer I want to be outside and at the beach because I know those days are numbered. Although when we go on our RTW trip we plan to chase summer. Too much packing otherwise! LOL

      • Haha! So true…I keep looking at this winter stuff we still pack around (from our Alaska days…it’s hard to give up good quality gear!), wonderful if/when we’ll ever need it again! But hey…I’m not opposed to experiencing a BIT of winter here and there 😉 It certainly is more comfortable to travel in “summer”!!

  • We are ready for summer! Amen. Judah and I just ate dinner at the river tonight, but it was 46 degrees.

    We’ll be putting our new-found frugal traveling lessons to work this summer with lots of camping; would you guys be interested in doing a post on camping equipment necessities and recommendations?

  • I live in Idaho and my favorite spot is Stanley, ID. We go there a few times a year. It is some of the most amazing scenery I’ve ever seen.

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