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Your Summer Sendoff: Monterey Style

Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 12:50PM

As summer draws to a close, you might find yourself scrambling for ways to have just a little more water fun before the kids have to go back to school. Here are a few ways to enjoy your summer sendoff:

Make a scrapbook of your summer.

If you spent lots of time on the water this summer, chances are you took lots of pictures, too. Get the family together to compile these photos and keep them all in one place—a dedicated summer scrapbook. Include candid photos of your trips, tickets to special destinations, souvenir pamphlets, small treasures that were found, and more. This is one of the best ways to remember and preserve all the fun you had on board—when winter rolls around, you’ll have something special to look at that will get you excited for next season!

Enjoy one new destination.

To celebrate your last official summer trip before the kids head back to school, cruise to a new destination you’ve never been to. Whether it’s an island resort or family campground, making a new memory in a new spot is a great way to bring the family together (and possibly find a new stomping ground!).

Try something new.

Never been wakeboarding? Always wanted to try jet skiing? Check off that last item on your summer bucket list and have fun doing it.

Have dinner on board.

Family meals are a must, especially considering how busy we all get during the fall time. Enjoy lunch or dinner on board to get everyone together and enjoy a great day outdoors.

Reflect on the highs and lows of the season.

One of the things you can do with your family while enjoying a meal or spending time together is reflecting on the highs and lows of the boating season. What was everyone’s favorite experience? What would they rather not do again? This easy activity can give you insight into what your family likes and doesn’t like when it comes to boating—and, of course, it’s a simple way to remember the fun, silly or memorable things that happened on the water.

Invite friends and family.

You’re not the only one who may be facing a hard “goodbye” to summertime boating in the coming weeks. Invite friends and family on board to cap off the summer with you. They will appreciate the time you took in putting together one last “hoorah!”

View a summer sunset.

If you’re headed for a fall and winter full of snow or cold weather, it’s likely that you’ll have to part ways with your boat for at least a few months. If the sun must set on your summer, at least send it off in style! Get together with friends and family to watch a picturesque summertime sunset on the water—because that’s a view that can’t be beat.

Get kids excited for their next trip.

Even if you continue to take the boat out this fall, your kids will likely miss the regular outings you had in summer. For this reason, it’s a smart idea to get them excited about boating during their downtime—picking up items like floats, water toys and other water items is a simple but effective way to rally everyone together in anticipation for the next trip out.


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