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Summer's Last Long Weekend

It won't be long before the fall colors return

Labor Day is coming up and that means it’s the unofficial end to summer. How many times in the last few weeks have you said, “Where has the summer gone?” I know I’ve said it more than a couple of times. Summer does go by pretty quickly and that’s because we have a relatively short summer season. This summer has been a confusing one to say the least, with more rain that I can remember from past summers and only a few weeks of weather hot enough to kick in the air conditioner. I’m not complaining, it has been a great summer so far and as far as I’m concerned, it’s not done yet, or at least I’m trying to hang on to it as long as I can.

I’ve noticed hints of fall starting to creep in already with cooler nights, and trees starting to change in the northern parts of Wisconsin. I guess that’s one of the reasons I feel it’s really important to get out and enjoy this last long weekend of summer. According to,

" Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day weekend also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, street parades and athletic events.”

Enjoy this long weekend with something new or relaxing.

It’s the last part that I want to encourage you to do this Labor Day Weekend. We all work hard at our jobs, whether you work in a factory, office, in the outdoors or even at home as a parent. This weekend is for everybody and we should enjoy it! What better place to enjoy it than in the great Wisconsin outdoors?

Get out and try new things during this long weekend. Try new things, go to new places and just experience Wisconsin. Summer going into fall is one of my favorite times of year. The heat and humidity are pretty well done with and the feeling of fall is in the air. It makes going for hike and bike rides more enjoyable. If you’re heading to the northern parts of the state, you many begin to notice the early change in colors on some trees. Birds are starting to gather getting ready to migrate south for the winter. It’s really a great time to explore our state.

The transition from summer to fall is really one of my favorites. I enjoy it more than the transition from winter to spring. It’s usually dryer and in my opinion more beautiful.

The point I’m trying to make is that this Labor Day, get out and enjoy it. The winter season can be long and dreary and making the most out of our last long weekend of summer should be important to you. Don’t look at it as just an extra day off work for the week. Look at it as an extra opportunity to get out and be one of Wisconsin’s Outdoor Explorers.

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