Part of the package of claiming “environmental” and “writer” as your profession means you walk the talk on a lower carbon, lower consumption life. In the summer, surprisingly, I find the latter gets harder.
Biking to work, or walking to a playground, get a lot easier. So does growing our own food, right in the backyard. And buying it from a farmer who trucks it right in to our neighborhood.
But something about the pent up urge to be outdoors and explore gets all mixed up in the desire to consume. That said, I find the most satisfying consumption is immersion in nature. And tasting the culture that the city has to offer. It feeds my soul.
Still, back to that all-consuming urge of summer. Perhaps it’s a hangover from my Bourgeoisie or middle-class upbringing of summers spent in leisure, but I find myself asking all of my friends “what are your summer vacation plans?” knowing full well that we will be once again staycationing this summer. I’m getting my mind wrapped around this as a permanent condition.
So, how to make the best of a summer spent in Cleveland and its surrounds and feel good about it? Here are a few activities I’m putting on my short list (you may find that making the list actually fills the need, but part of making your staycation plans should include a stubborn adherence to having fun times around town, both solo and with the family). If you know of any other must-sees let me know.
- Take the train with the family this Friday to see the Tall Ships
- Free Rock Hall concerts of Phosphorescent and Father John Misty (thanks Mike for the tip)
- Lunch by the Lake
- Friday, July 26 Critical Mass ride—my first
- Pack a picnic to a local beach
- Bike the Towpath Trail with the family
- Take to the Lake—boating on Shaker Lakes
- Dine on a rooftop
- Hike to a waterfall
- Pack the kid and food from the farmer’s market in to the bike trailer
- Go to a baseball game
Big Ohio trips
- Visit Lake Erie islands
- Stay in a cabin and hike the awesome sites in Hocking Hills
- Mountain bike at Mohican State Park
For filling in a staycation of your own, check out the GCBL community calendar.