The Perfect Dream Vacation

Janice Stillman

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Tony Gough

Summer Trip Ideas

Between emails, page proofs, phone calls, and meetings, I am daydreaming about taking a few days off this summer. What to do? When? Where? Whoa—why not check the Almanac?!

I randomly (really!) picked a week in mid-July (approximately July 9 to 16) and, it seems, I hit a bonanza. This vacation practically planned itself:

  • The long-range weather forecast for coastal New England (Region 1) is “sunny; cool nights” on July for 8–11 and “sunny, comfortable” on July 12–17. And, in the Calendar pages on July 10, 11, 12, the weather doggerel reads, “A peach:/Hit/the/beach!” You bet, and with a book in hand.
  • It gets better: High tides will occur on or near the quarter hour, from 5 a. m. to Noon all week (July 9–15). Surf city here I come—ah, but only after a peek at the UV index.
  • Saturday, July 9 through Thursday, July 14, promise more than 15 hours of daylight—plenty of time to catch up with chores in the garden and pick a few Early Girl tomatoes.
  • July 11, 12 are the best days to go camping. (Can you find your way around outdoors without a compass? Here’s how.)
  • On July 13, cornscateous (warm, damp) air is everywhere. Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade, but I might have a shade garden if I start now.
  • July 14 is Bastille Day, or French Independence Day, a time when Francophiles lessez les bon temps roulez! (Let the good times roll!) Maybe I’ll start the day with French Toast (so many to choose from!) and end it with French Silk Pie
  • All week, fishing times are optimal. I haven’t gone fishing in years … maybe it’s time.
  • July 15 is the Full Moon, aka Moon When Limbs of Trees Are Broken by Fruit. That means a few hours of straw-, blue- and, with luck, raspberry-picking followed by a day for making jam.

That’s my imaginary vacation. (Ask me on July 18 what I really did.) How does the Almanac help you plan your time, on or off?? 

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