Summer Has Officially started for me this week. And that means… more traffic at the fast food joint I work at so I have to work longer hours with less time for fun stuff.
Still, I manage to find time for a little R&R between the day job, continuing work searches, and this blog and I thought that I would share a few with you help you entertain yourselves this summer.
Take your childhood memories of playing Hide and Seek and doing scavenger hunts and imagine them with a high-tech twist.
Around the world, there are small hidden boxes called Geocaches. These caches have been expertly disguised with only a set of GPS coordinates gathered on a global data base as a mark of their existence.
With a GPS enabled device like your smartphone, you can track down these Geocaches, take one of the objects out of the cache, and place one of your own in its place in the world’s largest treasure hunt. If your lucky, you may find an object with a Travel Bug, complete with a code that lets you track where it’s been (I once found a key chain from the Hard Rock Cafe in Singapore that traveled up the west coast before hopping to New York and then to me in New Hampshire).
Info on the rules can be found on the official website. It’s good fun and it gets you out of the house to exercise. Just be careful to not let non-players (muggles, as they are referred to) see you mucking about with the cache.
Make a Weekend Project List
Sometimes, a person just needs to do something more constructive than plow through a summer reading list. To that end, here are some resources for cool projects to work on in your down time.
For the more macho among us, The Art of Manliness often posts DIY projects and “Manly Skills” geared around outdoorsmanship and the golden age of the noble gentleman. I, myself, have made and used the site’s natural fork slingshot.
Grant Thompson, better known on YouTube as The King Of Random, offers a constantly updating laundry list of cool projects and life hacks to entertain and help you out in a pinch. The most impressive in my mind is the massive “Solar Scorcher” that he made out of the screen from a rear projection TV.
Lastly, for all of the culinary wizards out there, take your cookery to the next level at Pimp That Snack. This site has recipes to recreate your favorite food in titanic proportions such as “The Creme de la Creme” giant Cadbury Creme Egg.
Look for Curio Stores and Thrift Shops
This is a favorite pass time of mine. I like to keep track of odd stores and frequent them to see if I can find any useful bric-a-brac.
Your local Goodwill or Salvation Army store is a good place to start. After all, Macklemore taught us the power of the thrift shop.
But you should also keep an eye open for antique stores and gift shops that may carry odd things that could peak your interest. You’d be surprised what you can do with a few up-cycled knick knacks.