Spending The Summer Near Home and Near Water

Property Manager with Frozen Pennies


It’s officially summer here in the Adirondacks.  Pools are open, lilacs are in bloom, and gardens are being planted.  We have had THREE STRAIGHT DAYS of 90-degree weather.  


Yet next week, it’s going to be back down to low 60’s again.  The weathermen always say, if you don’t like the weather in NY, wait a minute.


Memorial Day launches the summer season into full swing.  We ordered a pool on Tuesday and it took me 40 minutes to get through on the phone.   Looks like I didn’t have a completely unique idea.


With the current state of our country, everyone might know that travel will be limited so finding acceptable fun this summer might be more challenging than normal.  



The theme for this summer will be to create those summer experiences from our own home and geographic area.  


Honestly, this really bums me out - it doesn’t look like I will get to the ocean this summer unless things change.  Wait and see approach is the best attitude but it’s not looking good.


So, we are focusing our attention to the back yard.  We have a nice deck (in need of some paint) with great lighting.  


We have a covered patio that has pretty furniture and cushions. And we have s sweet firepit set up.


I plan on adding to the landscaping a bit and cleaning things up before the pool gets installed on July 8.


It’s all going to be about staying cool and comfortable in our own space this summer.


We would like to do a little camping if possible.  As soon as they opened up the State Parks this

past weekend, I tried to make a reservation for August but everything got booked instantly.  


We love to camp and it seems like social distancing will work for us, there.  We have a small camper (that we have had for 12 years) but it does have a toilet and a shower so really, we have no need to be near anyone.  


We love camping at Fish Creek Pond as every site is on the water and each person has their own little beach.  And it’s just a few hours from home.


I do have a lot of great tips on camping on a budget here: Plan The Ultimate Frugal Family Vacation


And then there’s the boat.  We have a pontoon boat.  It was given to us years ago.  The seats are cracked and could use some updating but all in all, its a nice boat.  And it gives us a nice relaxing few hours on the Hudson River.  


We spent Memorial Day hanging out in the bay.  All three boys took naps while I dangled my feet in the water.


It was only cold until my feet went numb!

If it’s been difficult to tell, I have a very strong attraction to water. And it just doesn’t matter if its the ocean, a river, the lake, or a pool. I love the water.


So as many of us are still facing uncertainty and doing our very best, no matter what that might look like for you, its still Summer. And finding ways to inject some fun is a must. 


Consider making your home a new vacation spot. Sleep in your spare room and pretend it's a hotel room. Don't forget to grab the coffee maker! Create your outdoor space to feel like an Air B&B. Whether it's a small patch of grass, 5 acres of manicured lawn and trees, or a balcony, make it a little slice of paradise.

Pitch a tent and go camping under that one tree.


Whether you are creating a vacation oasis in your own back yard or venturing out to spend time where you are safe, the Summer of 2020 will only happen once and life is meant to be fun! Soak up the sun and jump in!


Comments (2)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Sara. In Chicago, we are seeking opening up our parks and lakefront. Not so for our politicians relying on scientific evidence that changes daily as the economy sinks. No logic here! Enjoy your day!

May 28, 2020 05:16 AM
Sara Conklin

Mr. Martin, I think it's just so hard to know.  This is something crazy and I am so grateful it's not my responsibility to make those big decisions.  It's hard enough to make the little (ish) ones for myself and my family.  Thank you for your comment.  Here's to Summer fun!

May 28, 2020 05:22 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The picture you have posted reminds me of my mugshots series, such a wonderful view you have!

May 28, 2020 07:13 AM
Sara Conklin

One of my favorite parts of camping!  Thank you!

May 28, 2020 11:16 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding summer.

We are still at home in the social distancing mode.

Jun 29, 2020 06:41 AM