On Your Mark – Get Set – SUMMER!

BY: RACHEL WUMKES

Today, the hallways of Clear Lake schools will be a buzz of energy.  I picture it a bit like the final scene from Grease where the bell rings and students burst through the doors.  Papers fly in every direction as they revel in their freedom for the next three months.

Then we all do a choreographed dance number and live happily ever after, right?

My kiddos have been counting down the days for about a month now.  As each one passes, their excitement began to build, thinking of all the fun to be had this summer.  I remember that feeling.  Making plans for sleepovers.  Staying up late.  Having bonfires and doing all the fun summer things.

But you see, I didn’t grow up in Clear Lake.  My summer was spent in just a regular ol’ town in Iowa.  Not lake.  No barrage of fun activities we could attend.  My kids?  Well, their excitement is on a level I never experienced growing up.  Because not only do they get three months off from school – but they get to spend those three months AT THE LAKE!

Lucky ducks.

And so, tomorrow we officially begin summer.

Ball games.  BBQ’s.  Boating.  Beach Time.  Walks along the seawall.  We will make our official “bucket list” of fun this weekend, putting pen to paper to create the ultimate directory of awesomeness.

Now, if we can just get the weather to cooperate so we can have ALL the fun!

As for me, I’m going to soak up every ounce of goodness possible this season.  I’m going to let the sun turn my skin a nice, golden brown while I enjoy the beauty of our incredible lake.  I don’t want to miss a single second of the 4th of July Extravaganza.    I want to eat all the walking tacos and hotdogs I possibly can at Thursdays on Main.  And I want to catch every single show at the Surf Ballroom.  I’m planning to hit up the Clear Lake Aquatic Center, all the parks, eat all the foods and enjoy all the local watering holes.

Basically, I’m going to do all the things with 100% gusto, filling my tank with summer sun and fun and memories.

I did a bit of digging in the blog archives today and came across this little ditty I wrote at the beginning of summer last year.  It seems fitting to share again.  ENJOY!!

In the words of the great Olaf from Frozen… “I like to close my eyes and imagine what it’d be like when summer does come.”

So, I did just that.

Kids will play, vacationers will come here to stay

‘Cuz Clear Lake hosts the best of times in summer.

Much fun will be had, the beach & the park, and the splash pad

All my favorite places to land in summer

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Out on the boat a summer breeze will gently blow your hair

You’ll get sprayed by crazy jet ski riders, but you won’t care

I can’t wait, for the dark, when movies will play out in the park

And 4th of July with carnival rides this summer!

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Dah dah, da doo, uh bah bah bah bah bah boo

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The events and the fun are both so intense

Put them together it just makes sense!

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Rrr Raht da daht dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah doo

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Clear Lake is the best place for fun…

IN SUMMER!

See you at the Lake this summer, friends!  Don’t forget to check out ALL the events and fun at www.clearlakeiowa.com or follow us on Facebook!