Most people have the winter doldrums. For me, I have an extra pep in my step when it’s cold, snowy, and football rules the kingdom. Summer, particularly this time period, drains me, and leaves me longing for cooler weather and jam-packed football days. Summers aren’t characterized by no school, sun-kissed hair, countless hours in a pool, and days spent barefoot in the grass anymore. That’s what happens when you become an adult.
I’m not standing on the edge of any cliff or anything, but if you’re like me, you simply can’t wait for fall. That’s why I’ve come up with ways to stay busy until football season is here again.
- Go tubing in Boulder. It’s a great way to cool down. Just don’t knock down the hippies dipping their feet in the water.
- Try a new beer every week. Colorado is known for its craft beer. There are countless tasty options. A personal favorite of mine is Annapurna from Vine St. Pub.
- Start thinking fantasy. Who will you draft before the NFL season begins? Save some face and do your research early. It will pay off come fall.
- Grab your kids, some sidewalk chalk, and draw the biggest Broncos’ logo on your driveway. Extra points for anyone whose President of HOA is a Raiders fan.
- Climb a 14er. If you reside on your couch for most of the year, this one may not be for you. If you want to insert some adventure into your life, set that alarm clock for 4:00 a.m. and start climbing. The view from the top is better than any picture you will see.
- Get kicked out of Walmart. Have a race with shopping carts down aisle 4, or set up your own lemonade stand in the ‘outdoors’ section.
- Go trick-or-treating and see if anyone gives you anything. Tell them you’re practicing for October.
- Get to a concert at Red Rocks. No matter who is playing, the atmosphere doesn’t get any better.
- Buy a goldfish. Don’t let it die.
- Perfect your grilling skills. They say that practice makes perfect so get that BBQ chicken recipe down pat just in time for Sundays this fall.
- On an extra hot day, make it a Broncos movie marathon. Throw on some old games and explain to your significant other that you just can’t go without, and the yard work can wait another day.
- Training camp, training camp, training camp. Broncos camp opens July 26. Bring a blanket, some sunscreen, and a water bottle to enjoy the early action for free.