Summer Memories

— Written By Darlene Berry and last updated by

4th of July fireworks have been lit and tomatoes are plentiful, but summer is not over. If you are seeking to make some special summer memories there is still plenty of time. Some recent 4-H programs have reminded me of all the special memories that can be made in the summer.

A short trip up the mountain leads to a variety of opportunities. The summer wildflowers are in full bloom, the crawdads are hungry, and there are many adventures awaiting you. If you prefer to stay closer to home, a hike up Hibriten is like no other. Oak Hill Park and Buffalo Creek are ready for wading, and your own backyard is a playground for fireflies. Remember all of those childhood experiences that made summer memories. Catching your first fish. Making a campfire for s’mores. How much better a picnic tastes than the same food at the kitchen table. And, adding dish soap to paint can help turn the driveway into a canvas.

Caldwell County 4-H Summer Exploring campers have experienced the thrill of hiking a mountain, watching the morning fog lift from the valley, and screaming as they jumped into the swimming hole.

 Rough Ridge Overlook (Milepost 302.8), Tanawha Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway, courtesy of Caldwell County 4-H Youth Development

Rough Ridge Overlook (Milepost 302.8), Tanawha Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway, courtesy of Caldwell County 4-H Youth Development

Special visit to farms have included holding newborn animals, riding horses, and making new friends. Our time inside has centered around the kitchen; cooking for our families, making jam, soap, and nature crafts. What can you find in your backyard to create a nature craft? A desire to learn, a sense of adventure, and an eagerness for making memories can lead you in the right direction.

There is still more in store for us this summer as we prepare to study fishery biology, water ecology, renewable energy, and horsemanship. There is also time for you to pack a picnic, splash in the creek, pick berries, and catch fireflies. Don’t let those back to school sales trick you into thinking summer is over. Get out, explore, and learn; it is what summer memories are made of.

If you would like to see more of our summer learning and memory making, visit our bulletin board at If you would like to be on our mailing list for Summer Exploring 2015, please call our office at (828) 757-1257.

Updated on Jul 28, 2014
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