Checking Things Off the Summer Bucket List

One summer solstice many years ago, Doug picked me up at my parents’  house before dawn and we hiked up a hill with his guitar to welcome the sun in song. It turned out to be one of those foggy, overcast mornings so common to the area, so unfortunately, we didn’t enjoy much of a sunrise.

Doug and me hiking on a date
Not from that day, but a pic of us hiking during the dating days

I don’t remember what else we ended up doing that day other than taking a nap, but we did accomplish our goal of spending the longest day of the year together, sunrise to sunset. These days, we don’t have to make special plans to do this, since our days start pre-sunlight whether we like it or not.

Even though the weather has been summer-like for awhile now, we welcomed the official start of summer by crossing many things off the bucket list, starting with a trip to the beach on Doug’s Friday off.

Beach Trip 

Summer Solstice Beach Day

Fish tacos and iced lattes with my feet in the sand just scream summer. We ended the day with an impromptu barbecue with friends.

Walk to Farmer’s Market

Saturday we walked the two-mile round trip to our city’s farmer’s market (tracked it on Strava). I’m bummed we waited almost a whole year of living here before walking it. It was a great way to get in a little extra activity, especially pushing two kids in the stroller.

We don’t have much of a downtown here, but there is a cute little square with a fountain. The farmer’s market is fairly small, but with well-priced, fresh produce.

Summer Solstice Farmers Market

Summer Solstice Date Night

Later that day, my dad came over to watch the kids, so Doug and I had a random date night that included wine and truffle cheese at Vintage Wine Bar on Santana Row, plus a movie.

I’ve been told that I’m odd because of this, but I’ve never found truffle to have that distinctive of a flavor. I know many people don’t care for it because of its strong flavor, but there’s nothing about it that stands out to me. Maybe it’s a tastebud gene thing? All I know is that I always like whatever I have that’s truffle anything, but it wasn’t until recently that I could even pinpoint the truffle flavor.

Summer Solstice Truffle Cheese and Rose at Vintage Wine Bar on Santana Row

Even with this truffle cheese loaded with truffle tapanade, it still wasn’t that distinctive to me. However, when I had a sip of my wine after a bite of cheese, I finally tasted a distinct, somewhat unpleasant taste and I wonder if that’s what some people taste all the time. I toss it up to being a poor pairing (my own doing, not the wine bar’s).

Music in the Park and Fountain Play

Sunday was a lazy, hanging around the house sort of day that ended with a trip to Los Gatos to let the kids play in the fountain and then a picnic dinner at our first Music in the Park this year. We met up with Ellie for a bit who is testing out her new fancy camera and captured these fun pics.

Reece and me playing around at Los Gatos Music in the Park Me_Music_in_the_Park Emme and me being silly at Los Gatos Music in the Park

Here’s what the rest of my summer bucket list includes:

Camping in the backyard
Making s’mores
Making popsicles
Beach boardwalk night
San Jose Giants game
Fireworks
Ice cream or yogurt for dinner?!
Many more beach trips
Many more barbecues (impromptu are the best)

I feel like that can’t be everything, so tell me–what does your summer bucket list include?

How did you celebrate the summer solstice?

I’m linking this post up with Marvelous in My Monday over at Healthy Diva Life! Head over there to check out other bloggers’ weekend happenings.

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