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AUGUST 3, 2011
Did you ever hear the term "dog days of summer"? Well this intrigued me and I looked it up in the World Book Dictionary. This is a period of very hot and uncomfortable weather during July and August. It also refers to days of the dog star because this is the period when the rising of the dog star (Sirius) coincides with the rising of the sun. If you are curious about other sayings and myths, you can check out your local library for information. The library's a cool place in summer.
July is here and we are either on vacation, or contemplating going on vacation. With these economic times it is sometimes difficult to plan a vacation. If you live in Pennsylvania, there are plenty of day trips to take. We have many parks to visit, state or national. There are parks for camping and also local amusement parks close by. These can be inexpensive and yet maybe the best family vacations to be remembered. Check out your local library for resources. There are books and computers available for maps and printed directions.
I just returned from a road trip which took my brother, sister, and I across America to Wyoming and back. It was quite an adventure, especially as we hadn't taken a vacation together since we were kids. Even though there are many familiar things in every state-fast food places, gas stations, rest stops, and hotel chains-there are still enough regional differences to make a trip worthwhile. In Wisconsin, for example, we discovered a fast food place called Culver's, with their specialty, the Butterburger. In some states, they sell gas with a very low octane-of special concern to my brother with his new vehicle! When we stopped for a break in Oklahoma, were treated to a virtual palace of a rest stop. And as for Comfort Inn's-believe me, they are not all alike! One of our best adventures was seeking out a feature in Yellowstone National Park which my sister had remembered from an old Viewmaster reel we had. Morning Glory Pool lived up to its memory and was worth the three miles of walking it took to see it. The United States is a great place to visit, and if you can, take a trip someday. You won't be disappointed.