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RV Days , Issue #001 — Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer
June 11, 2005
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June 11, 2005
In this Issue:
The Land of Rip Van Winkle
Where we are, summer arrived this week! Temps well into the 90s. A week or so ago, it felt more like winter, with nights in the low 40s and days that didnt break 60. Schizophrenic spring in the Northeast.
But then, what would you expect in a place called Florida, New York.
Red, White and Blue Food
Believe it or not, the 4th of July is right around the corner. Get ready to fire up the barbeques. We endorse the “lazy days of summer” approach. Keep it simple.
Use a festive tablecoth, paper plates and napkins in the red, white and blue theme. Serve good old American hamburgers and hotdogs with all the fixings. Stick some little paper flags in cupcakes or around a raw vegetable platter.
Red salsa with blue tortilla chips on a white plate. (Or use a blue plate and get the regular whitish chips).
A make-ahead fruit salad that favors red strawberries and blueberries and white Cool Whip on top. Or make a strawberry/blueberry shortcake using those individual shortcakes or angel food cake.
Bring out marshmallows for toasting around the campfire, or make SMores.
Liven up the party with some sparklers (keep safety first). Plan a few old fashioned games like three-legged, potato sack, relay or wheel-barrow races.
An egg toss usually gets a few laughs, or revive some of those jump rope games. Play Pictionary, or charades or a Trivia game.
Go see the local fireworks and parades. Put on some music oldies, country, or maybe some patriotic tunes.
Enjoy the company of friends and family and celebrate America!
June Is Bustin” Out All Over
Well now that we have the 4th of July menu figured out, a step back to some meanderings about June. June is the month for some significant life events proms, graduations, weddings and the start of memorable summer vacations.
Flag Day on June 14th is a time to celebrate the American flag and all it stands for. Want to brush up on your flag etiquette? Here are a few pointers:
More details and some interesting FAQ on proper flag etiquette can be found here.
Dont forget Fathers Day, June 19th! Ever wonder when this particular tradition started? Well it took a while to become the official holiday we know today. Here a few milestones:
June 21 First Day of Summer, Summer Solstice: The summer solstice is an astronomical term regarding the position of the Sun in relation to the celestial equator. The summer solstice is the date with the longest day and hence with the shortest night. This date usually falls on June 21/June 22 (in the Northern hemisphere) or December 21/December 22 (in the Southern hemisphere).
In the USA and some other countries, the summer solstice is regarded as the official start of the summer season. Other views regard the summer solstice as midsummer, with long-standing celebrations and traditions.
The bottom line is that the start of the season (official, scientific, religious or otherwise) doesnt necessarily coincide with when the weather gets hot. Many Americans mark the start of summer with Memorial Day weekend. Or when the kids get out of school. And daylight savings time can add to the confusion over what is meant by the longest day. We have seen discussions on the whole subject and our take is that it doesnt really matter. Just have a great summer!
June is pretty popular! It has been designated (by various organizations) as
We are soon off on a coast-to-coast journey from New York to Oregon. We prefer to just go with the flow and not bother with detailed, pre-planned itineraries. But for this trip we needed to accommodate some specific time-bound commitments.
To make sure we would be in the right place at the right time (and still have time to lolly-gag a bit along the way), we did a bit more planning than usual. Read about how we planned our route and stops
Gearing Up for Summer!
It’s the good old summertime! Chances are you’ll be spending more time outdoors. Time for some new lounge chairs or some of those stowable tables from Camping World? Or maybe it’s time to get one of those inflatable boats.
Whether you will be enjoying the backyard, taking on a new outdoor activity, or taking off in the RV for summer vacations, consider the possibilities…
Handy tip for how to keep the ants away.
RVer’s Notebook A software package thats an RVer’s friend. How can it help?
You know the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. In keeping with that philosophy, RV Videos can often make learning about the world of RVs more interesting and enjoyable. Great way to learn for newbies, and a handy refresher for veteran RVers.
Until next month, hoping you put a smile in every mile!
Jose and Jill
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