Friday, June 21 marks the first day of summer and I’m more than excited to get the warmer months going. It feels like decades since the weather stayed above 40 degrees for longer than two weeks.

Although they say weather in Lake County is even more unpredictable than the weather in Ohio, growing up in sporadic weather that could be 90 degrees one day and 32 with snow the next is something I’m use to, but not exactly what I look forward to. 

Personally, my favorite season is the fall. Cleveland Browns football, sweatshirt weather and moderate temperatures, but there’s something about summer that’s growing on me. Not sure if it had anything to do with growing up in a summer town on a lake, or if it’s the pleasant smell of rain when it hits a warm sidewalk.

When I moved here last July … it was hot. And when I say hot, I mean it. 

My apartment doesn’t have air conditioning so the first thing I did after moving in was purchase two fans for the ultimate cooling experience. Although it might have helped me out, it didn’t feel like it did much.

I have fond memories of the summer. I met all of my closest friends here during that time last year, specifically during the softball tournament in late July. I had to adapt to the smoke in the air, but that came with time. Knowing when to avoid going outside and when to take advantage of a green day. In my opinion, one of the best ways to enjoy the summertime is traveling around the County and Lakeview specifically. I hope to head north and check out Crack in the Ground, Fort Rock and all of the other sites that I missed last summer.

My first experience in Lakeview was actually taking a trip to Dog Lake and driving to a quarry hidden deep in the woods. Just 40 minutes into moving to this town I was amongst trees I had felt like I’d never seen before, sounds of wildlife and the mountains casting their shadows down on us. One of my favorite parts about the summer even before moving to Lakeview is exploring the outdoors. My dog, Lilly, enjoys long hikes up the canyon where we start at the gun range and hike back to the pool and I can tell she’s starting to piece it all together that the weather determines whether or not she’ll get to adventure.

With all this talk of summer, it really got me thinking that Lakeview and Lake County is meant for this kind of weather. Although I have fond memories of learning to snowboard at Warner Canyon Ski Hill, truly embracing the landscape can only be done during the warmer months. 

Summer brings excitement. 

A new graduating class of seniors from Lakeview, Paisley, North Lake and thousands of other schools across the nation as well as colleges. It signals in the coming of the 100th annual Lake County Fair & Round-Up, which is sure to bring back familiar faces and the hustle and bustle of fair time. 

Although some of us don’t mind the heat, others probably wish it were in the 60s year round. I think with the winter we got this year everyone is ready for ole Mother Nature to make her transition. 

Whether it’s hitting the links at Lakeridge Golf Course, exploring the scenery, catching a tan, or whatever drives your summer, I hope this one is your best, Lake County. 


— S. Garrett Shaw

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