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That doesn’t seem right, does it? We’re always being told that summer ends as soon as school starts up again in August. Or, they say that the Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah of summer. But that’s not the case! We can keep on summer hurrah-ing for most of the rest of September!

Check your calendar: this year the last day of summer (also known as the first day of fall) is September 22nd. Meanwhile, Labor Day falls on September 4th. Now, I’m no math wizard, but it looks to me like that means there are 18 days of summer between the two that we need to enjoy to the fullest.

So, what should we do to celebrate our newfound extended summer? How about grab your snorkel and go to the pool! There’s no better summer activity than splashing around in the pool. What’s that? You say the pool closes for the season on September 4th? That doesn’t seem right. It’s a city pool, and our tax dollars pay for it, so we should be able to enjoy it for ALL of summer, shouldn’t we? (I think this calls for a sternly worded letter to the city council and mayor.)

Okay, so if we can’t go to the pool, maybe we can go to the beach. Yes, I know there are no oceans in Utah, but there are plenty of lakes, ponds and reservoirs, and they all have shore line. Some of them even have shore line with sand, or, at the very least, dirt and gravel that could be mistaken for sand if you squint at it just right. So, load up your cooler with your favorite cold beverage, grab your beach towel, put on your swimming suit and head to your favorite local beach! (Or beach-like shore line.)

Let’s go soak up some sun! It’s still summer! The calendar says so. (And the calendar never lies!) And, if you happen to see some of the leaves changing colors on your way to the beach, just think of it as the trees putting on their own little summer fireworks show!

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