Catch up with Collegetown intern Ava, as she shares some of her favorite spring and summer plans that are COVID-19 safe.
As many of us are now getting vaccinated, there are many things that I am looking forward to in the spring and summer. One of my favorite things to do is to drive into DC to see the cherry blossoms bloom in the tidal basin. It is a beautiful way to see spring in full bloom. I also love exploring Patterson Park and exploring Fell’s Point, which is within walking distance. The lawn around the pagoda is a great place to have a spring picnic. I also enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables that farmers' markets provide." Check out the Kenilworth market that opens on April 20th at 3 pm. One thing that virtual classes have made possible is that I can now take a class outside or in a different area. Warm weather makes outdoor classes the way to go.
Come summer, I enjoy planting seeds or small plants. To me, this time of year? (your previous sentence talks about summer) represents a time of bloom and growth around you, even if it may not feel like it. Use a yard or even a window sill to garden herbs to use for cooking. Currently, my family has some basil, oregano, thyme, and mint growing. This makes a perfect addition to spring and summer meals. If you are interested in you-pick farms, Weber’s Farm offers strawberry, blueberry, and blackberry picking in the summer months.
While spring may be approaching, summer is right around the corner! Bring on the warm weather! I love being by the water during the summer; not only does it cool you off, but it provides a nice breeze once it gets a bit too hot. Some of my favorite places are Loch Raven or the Inner Harbor. If you are looking to kayak or enjoy other recreational watersports, consider joining the Canton Kayak Club or the Baltimore Canoe and Kayak Club. I also enjoy the summer harvest and cooking with ripe and ready foods. Here is a recipe for a wonderful vegan summer salad using tahini dressing, summer squash, olives, pasta, and tomatoes (add your own herbs for an extra kick of flavor)!
Summer also is a great time to find additional internships, work, or just explore new things for yourself. This summer I plan to chip away a bit more at my reading list. Currently, my top summer reads are The Black Butterfly, The Coddling of the American Mind, and the Pale-Faced Lie. There is nothing quite like sitting back with a good book and a nice cold drink. Here are a couple more recipes for some summer refreshers - Roasted Peach and Strawberry Fizz and a Blueberry Ginger Cooler. One thing my sister and I try to do each summer is to create a bucket list of fun things to keep you busy. Here is a great list to get you started! Good luck with the rest of the semester; warmer days are ahead!