Summer's in the air

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 19:00

Temperatures in the 70s were a welcome change of pace at the end of May, a month that saw winter’s grip hold on until the bitter end. In just a few short days, trees began to bud, shorts replaced jeans and ice cream sales likely went through the roof. Even Mirror Lake, which just a couple weeks ago was covered in a thick layer of ice, has seen its first sun bathers of the season.

The early summer is always filled with the promise of endless adventure ahead. Our midnight sun makes it seem like every mountain can be climbed, every fish caught and every barbecue pulled off without a single spoiled potato salad.

In reality, of course, it never quite works out that way. As we rush about trying to pack a lifetime of fishing trips, in-law visits, dipnetting trips and new decks into three short months, our summers can disappear faster than a Dolly Varden with a glob of salmon eggs.

But by setting such high expectations for each summer, we often set ourselves up for a September disappointment, as tasks undone and vacations not taken loom as reminders that we can never do as much as we hope.

This summer, perhaps a better approach to take might be to simply let the season come on its own terms. Let’s enjoy the summer for what it is: A wild, fleeting time when Alaskans get to stretch our legs and roam our great big backyard.

Don’t worry about how many fish got past your net while you paused to take a picture of the mountains or about that trail you didn’t get to hike because you spent an extra day picking blueberries.

The most important thing to remember is that most summertime activities are best enjoyed with others. The trick to having a successful summer is to have few expectations other than to spend as much time as possible with your close friends and family.

And to catch a bigger fish than them, of course.

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