A Social-Distanced Summer; Smile, but Stay Safe


Kelsie V., Staff Writer

Summertime is undoubtedly one of the most blissful, and joy-filled times of the year, but it can be hard to find things to do while still staying safe. Here are some ideas for some fun activities or small trips you can take during vacation.

Plan a fun day or weekend camping trip at your favorite national park or camping site! It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors and explore nature, as well as getting some much-needed relaxation. Incorporate smaller activities into camping, like hiking, bird-watching, or kayaking. Because there isn’t much pollution in the air in these areas, they are marvelous places to star-gaze. Some California state/national parks that are open for campers and have beautiful scenery include Crystal Cove State Park, Bolsa Chica State Beach, Joshua Tree National Park, and Sequoia National Park. Who knows, you might spot a wondrous sight!

Bring on the Beach!
If camping’s not your thing, The summertime is also a nice period to frolic at the beach, and you can snorkel, swim, surf, and dive at some beaches as well. Curious ones can explore tide pools to their hearts’ content, but leave animals in their place, as, in many of these state parks, you can’t touch them. We should also respect these creatures and leave them in their habitat. Yet, beaches are very crowded places during this time, which can make them bustling and noise-filled areas. Quieter beaches in Southern California include Bolsa Chica State Beach, Little Corona Del Mar Beach, and San Clemente State Beach.

Plant A Proud Garden!
Although this isn’t exactly a trip, it’s a wonderful activity to do right at home if you can’t travel. You can construct and plant basic vegetable gardens, but butterfly/hummingbird gardens are also enjoyable to make. To have an at-home butterfly garden, use plants like milkweed, which has many varieties and attracts monarchs, or tarragon, which attracts painted and American lady butterflies. These are also both California native plants, which can support other animals who use them for food, shelter, or any other purposes. To make a hummingbird garden, plants you should grow include California Fuschia and the scarlet bugler. To find out more, visit:

Hummingbird Gardening

Make your summer leisurely and lively with these activities, but remember to social distance and wear a mask around people. Smile, but stay safe!