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Throwback Thursday: End of Summer Traditions! #TBT

It's Thursday!

 

My birthday happened this week and that is always a reminder to me that the summer is almost over. I always have big aspirations for everything that I want and plan to do each summer, and by the time my birthday rolls around I’ve usually only managed a fraction of those aspirations.

However, it has become a tradition (outside of the lockdown years) for us to make a trip to the Toronto Islands. We take the train into Toronto and get on a ferry to the islands. Before we had kids we would take our bikes and turn it into a 20 km bike trip around the entire set of three islands with a picnic lunch in the middle. Now that we have kids, we make our way to the amusement park on the center island where the kids enjoy some rides and games!

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I’d love to hear about some of the things that you “NEED“ to do before the summer ends.

Let’s make it a great Thursday!
JTJ

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Dan Breyen
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August 24, 2023

I'm never ready to put away the flip flops and shorts and swap them with the snow pants and winter boots.  

A late September trip in the Upper Midwest somewhere is usually my goto.  Somewhere to enjoy the crisp nights and the perfect days for a bike ride.

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Jack Brickey
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August 24, 2023

Happy Birthday @Jimmy Seddon ! Mine was last Saturday. 🥳

For me end of Summer is different now than when my kids were in school. When that was the case it would certainly be one last trip to our beach cottage or maybe a nearby lake.

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Samie Kaufman - Your Gal at Gliffy
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August 24, 2023

Sounds like an awesome day, @Jimmy Seddon ! And, happy belated birthday. :) 

The last week of August is always the Minnesota State Fair. Where I grew up, the state fair isn't so special, so I thought it was weird when I moved here and everyone made a big fuss about the fair.

But then I went, I had a few cheese curds, some Sweet Martha's Cookies, a pickle on a stick... and I understood. ;) 

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Amanda Barber
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August 24, 2023

I feel like the things we "need" to fit in are ever-changing as our kids grow. This year, the one thing we're sort of missing is a trip to a little amusement park. We're close enough to Six Flags Great America to make the drive, but only one of our kiddos is into rides that big yet. Hopefully we can make the trip to one of the other smaller parks this year yet. Thankfully, there are 2 that are close enough to do on a free weekend day since school starts up next Friday. 

When I was teaching, I felt like I crammed way more into the summer days. Now, it's mostly different day camps for the girls while we work the summers away! ;)

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StephanieC August 24, 2023

We travel in our motorhome from October thru May and spend summer planted in Pennsylvania at our favorite campground. Our End of Summer tradition is hosting a big "Clean out your camper" party for the seasonal residents where we cook all of the food in our freezers, bring out the half-bottles of alcohol and mixers and have a huge  - free - yard sale type exchange. 

Its a great opportunity to re-purpose useful items, get a fresh wardrobe and celebrate with food and drink :-) 

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Kristján Geir Mathiesen
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August 24, 2023

Happy birthday, @Jimmy Seddon Hope it was a great one.

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I have the need to "use" the last of the summer weather - enjoy it before fall sets in.

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Patrícia Fortunato Montenegro August 24, 2023

Happy B-Day, @Jimmy Seddon

I wish you all the best. Mine was August 12th.🥳

I enjoyed the last day with my family as much as possible because I love Summer and all vibes related. I usually went to coffee shops and stayed outside for more time.

Have a fantastic day! 

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August 24, 2023

@Jimmy Seddon Thank you for this nice post!

For me, since I have recently moved to Alberta, Canada in summer and where winter is believed to be too harsh, I would like to visit second of the two famous National parks in Alberta (I have already visited the first one - Banff National Park -  in July 2023) that I heard of from my local connections, before the end of Septemper 2023 - which is "Jasper National Park".

Hopefully I can plan and make it there with my wife and 2 kids before the end of this summer. 🤞

Have a great Thursday everyone!

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LynnG August 24, 2023

I used to call it Kid Island when our children were young :)

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August 24, 2023

Happy belated birthday, @Jimmy Seddon !  

The heat of Arizona makes the summer more like winter.  So, no trips unless it's to colder places.

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August 25, 2023

Jimmy! Happy Bday! 🎂✨🎉

 

With the end of summer approaching I usually try to get out just a little bit more. I always forget that summer is not going to be here forever and stay home the majority of the time (it's ok I like it that way :D )

 

But yes, by the end of August, I'm like...oh no! I haven't seen the beach this summer yet (living 20 mins walk away from it 🥲) So taking next week off work to enjoy this years summer and do it all!

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August 25, 2023

Prepare for hibernation ...

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Kristján Geir Mathiesen
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August 25, 2023

Too funny, @Dave Mathijs 

@Nikki Zavadska _Appfire_  have an awesome week at the beach!

Happy birthday last Saturday, @Jack Brickey 

Good point, @Amanda Barber 

Thanks for this #TBT post, @Jimmy Seddon 

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Craig Nodwell
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August 26, 2023

 Cool summer nights at the lake, camp fires until the leaves fall.

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August 29, 2023

Great. It's winter here in Australia :) But we had a trip to Vietnam, where was a summer too. :) We went to Phu Quoc island and had a great time their with family.

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August 30, 2023

Before summer ends, I wish I will find time to go fishing somewhere lost in the countryside to enjoy the sun and nature one last time 🎣 ☀️

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August 31, 2023

@Jimmy Seddon first of all, beautiful family you have there - and a happy belated birthday to my brother from another... country. May this year be filled with health and personal fulfillment.

Our family's end of summer tradition - which is why I miss your birthday week each year - is to get away together for a full week. It's between summer camp ending and the start of the school year and we usually go to New England. We love New Hampshire, Vermont and north eastern Massachusetts. This year (last week) we stayed on  Long Island and instead of a 5 hour drive we had a 1.25 hour drive. We explored nature near home - swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and hiking. The only thing missing was the cycling - the car was too full to fit the bikes.

Why don't you and your wife hitch trailers to the bikes and continue your custom of cycling the islands with the kids in tow? 

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Brant Schroeder
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October 1, 2023

@Jimmy Seddon at the end of every summer we do a camping trip into the mountains.   It is a great way to end the warm months before the snow comes. 

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ABR January 31, 2024

Hi, @Jimmy Seddon 

Being in India, summer is long and often harsh in many parts of this incredible country - so we Indians are usually looking forward to the Fall or Autumn which rolls out the carpet to the majority of Indian festivals! So, like most true-blue Indians, end of summer days are preparation time for the long upcoming festival months from October to December and continuing into January next year! :D

 

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February 12, 2024

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