Pre-Heat Melt Down

Pre-Heat Melt Down

Written by Ashley Meadows

Summer, summer, summer-that’s all the students will be thinking about when the bell rings to conclude the school year on June 16th. However, wondering how well you did on your final exams won’t be your only worry. What are you going to do this summer?


Students often feel pressured to travel to exotic lands an d have ‘instagram-worthy’ pictures. Unfortunately, they usually feel deflated when they’re stuck inside, scrolling through their feed of beach selfies. These tips will help you have a blast during the steamy weather even if you never leave Northern Virginia.


Tip One: Go Outdoors.


We all love Netflix, but sometimes we need to get some fresh air and vitamin D. A couple great places to go be active are Great Falls Park and Bears Den. Great Falls Park, located alongside the Potomac River in Fairfax County, has many outdoor attractions and activities to offer including bicycling, bird watching, horseback riding, and fishing. The park also offers indoor activities such as videos that documented the history of the park and a children’s room where kids can enjoy crafts and puzzles.


Bears Den, on 18393 Blueridge Mountain Road in Bluemont, is also a great option for getting outdoors. You can go on a hike and then enjoy the overlook from 1,350 feet above the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Camping, bird watching, and picnicking are great suggestions for a fun filled day at Bears Den.


Tip Two: Go Link Up.


Call your other friends who are still in the area. Not everyone goes on a fancy vacation, so don’t feel left out. When you’re with a group of friends everything is ten times more fun. Grab a group of friends and head over to an amusement park or spend all night watching old TV shows. An idea when with friends is to create a summer bucket list (it’s more helpful if it’s realistic). For example, dancing in the rain, having a paint war, making t-shirts, and building a blanket fort are great ways to kick off the list.


Tip Three: Go Inspire.


When you have so much time off of school, it’s always nice to use your free time to help people instead of watching TV all day. The Loudoun County Animal Shelter or Loudoun Interfaith Relief, a food pantry, are a couple out of many places to volunteer. If you’re interested in becoming more involved, is a great website that informs you about volunteering opportunities in your area.


If you’re not planning on jetting to an island no one has heard of, remember, there are plenty of other options. Follow these tips and your summer won’t be waste.