July is the month to get off the couch, away from the TV and out of the house. There’s a reason all they run on TV in July are movie re-runs and that's is because you shouldn’t be watching them…although I will make an exception to catch one of the 20 showings of Will Smith’s Independence Day on July 4th if only for the Bill Pullman speech and Will’s “welcome to Erf” line. Get up, get out and get in the sun Cleveland because when October rolls around, you'll be sorry you didn't when you had the chance. Here are some July suggestions to make it easy for you:
Play a round of golf. Every year I say the same thing to myself: "I wish I had went out and golfed more this summer. " Don't be "hindsight Steve" and book a tee time at one of Cleveland Metroparks’ eight golf courses. Play a quick nine at Washington while your watermelon salad marinates for your Saturday night backyard bash or a fulfilling eighteen at Sleepy Hollow with friends with a dog at the turn.
Play volleyball at Edgewater Beach. Grab some friends, some towels and some tunes and head down to the nets. One question I always get at Edgewater LIVE is "are these nets up all the time?" Yes, they are, so take advantage of them!
Keep it casual and go birding. Let me elaborate. My fiancé and I went birding with a friend from work for the first time a few weeks ago since she got me a bird guidebook this past Christmas. What started out as a way just to get some mileage on the book, turned into a passion. It's challenging, seriously. You not only have to figure out what kind of bird you saw, but spotting the birds themselves is a challenge since they're not exactly landing on your shoulder to present themselves. Throw in that it's good exercise walking the parks to find them, and it is more fun than you might think it is. Try it before you knock it.
So get up, get out and enjoy this summer before you're shaking your fists at the Third Annual Polar Vortex.