Summer is one of the best times of year to make memories with your family and friends. Whether it is a vacation, weekend trip, or day trip, there is always something fun to do, and it is inevitable that something will happen that you will remember and talk about for years to come. With summer now coming to an end, it made me think about all the great times I had this summer, and how like always, my family made sure that our summer was special through everything we did. This year, our adventures took us to a few different places, and we traveled in ways we never had before, making this summer be forever known as the summer we took planes, trains, and cars.

It all started with a plane ride Fourth of July weekend, when we visited Charleston, South Carolina. Other than driving through it on our way to Florida, we had never been to South Carolina before, and were so excited to have it be our first trip of the summer. Even though we were only there for three, very hot and humid days— and our flight going there got delayed eight hours —we still had an amazing time. From walking around in the market, to taking a horse and buggy ride of Historic Downtown Charleston, and eating all the BBQ our stomachs could handle, we most definitely started our summer off right, making us all that much more excited for everything else that was still to come.

Next on our agenda was our annual road trip to to the Jersey Shore for the last week of July. For many years now, we have been going to Seaside Heights, and the memories we have made there are too many to count. Between our beach days, waterpark days, eating at all of our favorite restaurants, nights spent on the boardwalk or at the bay, racing on the go-karts, and days spent just sitting by the pool and relaxing, every year, our trip seems to get better. I would not trade our time spent here for the world, and at the end of our week, I always feel like the time went by too fast, and already cannot wait for the next year.

Our final adventure was a train ride to Québec City, Canada, which ultimately ended up being a twelve hour train ride to Montréal, followed by a three hour car ride to Québec City— but, hey, it is all part of the adventure. We only spent two days here, but it was easily one of my favorite trips we have ever taken, and I know I want to go back again someday. The city was beautiful, the weather was gorgeous, the food was delicious, the people were friendly, and the tours we took, including one of the historic sites, and of the Montmorency Waterfall, were ones I will never forget. On top of all this, it was our first time all being in Canada together, which made this specific trip just that much more memorable.

Every year, I am always beyond thankful for all that we do. This summer, we were so lucky to once again be able to add so many more significant moments to our already seemingly endless list of memories from past trips. No matter how big or small, our adventures are special, and I would not have it any other way. Although I am sad that this summer is over, I look forward to our adventures in the year to come, as well as to seeing what next summer holds. Thanks for the memories, Summer 2016.