Howdy, y’all! These last few days of May have me (Jenn) reminiscing about the summers of my youth spent on the lakes and rivers of Texas. This week public schools are holding their last few days of class, and with the weather getting hotter by the minute I’m all-at-once back there, remembering the excitement and perfection of the first day of summer. Just like Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer, I wanted to stop that day right there, with the whole of summer stretched out luxuriously before me. While swimsuit fashion and ski boats keep evolving, some things never change about summer in Texas. So here’s to pop-ice and watermelon, roadside firework stands and mosquito bites, lifeguarding jobs and sleeping in. And here’s to a long, hot summer in Texas! Keep reading for a few of the must-have items you’ll need to survive through August (in addition to this morning’s tutorial from Martha Lynn, plus a powerful air conditioning unit), and in the comments section let us know what jump starts summer nostalgia for you!
1. Float the Guadalupe River (and never get a tube with a bottom – that’s for amateurs)
2. Texas flag beach towel
4. Levis cut-offs
5. Don’t get eaten up! Deet-free Skeeter Screen, available at Thom’s Market in Austin, TX
6. AM/FM crank radio
7. Chevron maillot, byLangly
8. “Texas Toothpick” custom-made water ski, designed by World Champion ski jumper Joe Mueller. Take lessons from Joe’s brother “Buzz” out at Lake McQueeney, see and be seen at the Lake Breeze Ski Lodge.
9. Classic flops from Haviana
Explore the entire guide on Jennifer’s blog, SCOUT.