Ten best things I am looking forward to this summer

by Eric Ginsburg

randomly compiled by Eric Ginsburg

Traveling I plan to make the best of my free weekends, hopefully getting as far as Philadelphia and Savannah, Ga. this summer but at a minimum camping outside of Asheville and going to the Outer Banks. I want to go back to the Saxapahaw General Store and Uwharrie National Forest, and check out Pilot Mountain and at least one vineyard.

Swimming and tubing I’m a little embarrassed to admit I’ve never been tubing in the Dan River, but I have been swimming in it, as well as the Haw and the Mayo. It’s time to find a friend with a pool. or to decide which public facility to use, because it’s going to be hot. If you know where to look, there are rope swings, quarries and waterfalls you can swim in, which in my book is the best use of a day off.

The concerts If you somehow missed our festival guide, pull it up on our website, because there is a lot going on. Last summer I went to a house show my friends’ played by a pool, and this year I plan to see bigger names like Feist, Best Coast and Wiz Khalifa, among the many other concerts that will surely be announced.

Summer nights Summers can be unbearably hot, and often it’s too much to be outside until after dark. My summer will be defined by the nights and weekends, sitting on porches, grilling or hanging out by fires, drinking on the roof, walking around town, night swimming and exploring.

The Eden drive-in At only $6 per adult, the drive-in theater is an affordable summer classic. I’m shocked (and a little appalled) at how many people I know who have never been to the drive-in. Get a friend with a pickup truck. I’m told there’s an excellent meat-and-three joint called Cohen’s nearby if you want to make an evening out of it. Speaking of cheap movies, I plan to hit up the $1.50 theater on High Point Road this summer too.

Exploring Winston-Salem Maybe this should count under traveling, but it seems too close by. I want to eat dinner in one of the sidewalk seating areas along 4th Street, to try Bib’s and Sweet Potatoes, to check out a/perture and the Downtown Arts District, to visit my friends at the jail and to walk the grounds of the Reynolda House. Trying new restaurants should really be a separate category.

Summer sports I’ve already watched the fireworks from the Grasshoppers’ game sitting on my roof, but since opening night was rained out I haven’t had a chance to attend. There’s something about going to the minor-league baseball games (the Dash count too) that embodies summertime. They may not be summer sports, but I also plan to play more outdoor basketball and catch a roller derby bout or two.

Cooking more It’s about time that I added some new recipes to my regular rotation, especially if they are healthy and involve more vegetables, and that I make more of my meals at home. I’m definitely planning to use my wok more, and a new rolling pin for pizza. First up may be a sandwich with tempeh bacon, mayo, arugula, roasted red pepper and sautéed onions. I plan to start homebrewing again too.

Bowling AMF Bowling on South Holden Road offers two hours of bowling and shoe rentals for $6 most of the week, and is always open until at least midnight. I haven’t gone bowling in years, and I can’t think of a single good reason why. If you’re even going to go twice this summer, check out their summer pass deal for $30 — it covers four people from May 14-Sept. 3 and gets you two games daily.

The parks and trails The Triad is home to numerous trails and parks around different bodies of water, including Greensboro’s watershed, High Point’s City Lake Park or Salem Lake Park in Winston-Salem. Whether it’s for a picnic, bike ride or just checking out the greenways, I intend to spend more time taking advantage of nearby green spaces.