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The Perfect Summer Bucket List

1. Go swimming. The weather will be warm. The pool will be cool. Time to bust out the swimsuits and pool noodles!

2. Eat ice cream at a local shop. My town has a charming little shop that makes the ice cream in large vats visible to customers. I never know what flavors will be available. On one memorable day, Peanut Butter and Jelly ice cream was displayed on the menu.

3. Get through my summer reading list. I can already imagine spreading out in a hammock and curling up for a fun read.

4. Jump on a trampoline. No, I don’t own one, but I know people who do. I plan to go catapulting through the air at least once before summer is over.

5. Tackle some of those DIY projects. There are so many crafts I keep wanting to start. Time to bust out the knitting needles and paint, the hammer and hot glue.

6. Go to a concert. I am looking forward to Jazz in June, a concert performance from students at the University of Nebraska. Set out picnic blankets and lawn chairs in a sculpture garden, eat vendor food, and listen to jazz music in the background. I can typically count on running into someone I know.

7. Visit the Farmer’s Market. I am a cheapskate, but I cannot resist the charm of food and craft vendors. This is a fun way to hang out with friends.

8. Gather around a fire. Whether out camping or using a fire pit, lazing around a fire is a great way to end the day. Out pop the s’mores, the jokes, and the music.

9. Watch those fireworks. I love watching the different colors burst through the sky, and I can’t wait to hold a sparkler. Who knows, maybe someone will be hosting a barbeque.

10. Enjoy the state fair. Food, games, and exhibits. It’s bound to be a fun time.

11. Go to a baseball game. This is a fun way to get together with the community. Eat the stadium food with hot dogs, popcorn, and a soda. (Or, eat a Runza from Nebraska’s fast food chain).

12. Go camping. Grab some friends and a tent, a duffle bag and some food. And don’t forget those yard games!

I am a sophomore at Gustavus Adolphus College, majoring in English. I enjoy reading, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.
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