Things You Can Do In CT

Things You Can Do In CT

If you have a free day in CT, head to one of these places

Now that all of us college students are beginning to pack up our things and head home for the semester, we are finally able to do our own thing and relax for a little while before we head back for the Fall semester. If you're like me and live in CT, there are going to be days during the summer where you want to do something different.

So without further ado, here are some things to do in Connecticut on your days off:

Take a trip to Devil's Hopyard:

This was ALWAYS my go-to place when my family had a free day. It's a famous hiking area in East Haddam, CT filled with beautiful (also bearable) trails to hike along, and a great view of a waterfall that you can even swim in, or just eat some lunch by.

Go to Rocky Neck State Park:

Another destination quite similar to Devil's Hopyard is Rocky Neck. It consists of trails, a beach, and places to sit and camp. There may be a fee to park for this one, but if you're planning a day out of it, it's totally worth it.

Walk around Essex, Connecticut:

If it's not too hot, taking a trip to the famous town called Essex is the plan for you. IF you enjoy shopping at little boutiques and would love a nice scenery to look at, head on over to Essex. It's a small little town with a lot of character, and you can almost always see a wedding going on as you're walking.

- If you really want a fun day, you can always try photobombing the bride and groom

Mystic Aquarium:

If you're not too much of the outdoorsy type, but still enjoy walking around and staying busy, then you have to check out the Mystic Aquarium. You are guaranteed a day filled with marine life. Who. Doesn't. Like. Marine Life?

-P.S. this place is not just for children. If I went at my age, I would have just as much fun there — if not more fun — than I did as a child. Who wouldn't want to look at this all day?

Mohegan Sun Casino:

If you're looking for some CT nightlife, Mohegan is the way to go. There's almost always a concert going on, and you really don't have to be 21 to have a good night here. There are so many shops to go in, although in my case, I just window shop because of my lack of cash. There are almost too many restaurants to choose from.

-Plus, there's a Chick-fil-A. That should immediately narrow down your food choice to one.

SO, Hopefully after reading this you will have limited days where you have no idea what to do in CT. You may even find me at one of these places... See you there.

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County Fairs Are Still Important

There's more to fairs than just fried food and Ferris wheels.

Like many people, I used to have the same thoughts, "Oh it's just a county fair." However, this year was the first time in eleven years I stepped foot on to the Rock Island County Fairgrounds with out any animals or other 4-H projects to exhibit. Instead, I spent the week watching from an entirely new perspective that gave me a whole new appreciation for what I used to consider "just a county fair".

More and more, society has begun to question the relevance and value of a county fair when less than 2 percent of the population is actively involved in production agriculture. This question alone proves to me that county fairs are more important than ever. Fairs and livestock exhibitions are the foundation for agriculture promotion in our society and, as our population continues to shift to a more urban demographic, it is the responsibility of a county fair to remind the public of the key role that agriculture, and rural communities, will continue to play in our economy and daily lives.

Fairs not only promote agriculture, but also supply jobs; support rural economic development and local commerce; and provide opportunities for youth and adult education. The success of a fair is dependent on its volunteers and youth through programs like 4-H, whether they’re exhibiting livestock, crops and clothing or newer projects like film making. Speaking from my own personal experience, I am so thankful for the opportunity to show livestock at the fair.

My experiences aided in providing me with hands-on learning about the realities of food production as well as gaining major life skills such as communication and responsibility that molded me into a well functioning member of society.

Many years ago, a simple gathering for commodity trade began as a way to bring friends and neighbors together to showcase hard work and effort. These things still matter. Fairs are the connecting point of the people and products that showcase our heritage. I wholeheartedly believe in fairs and what they can do for a community and even the participants.

I encourage everyone to take time this summer to visit your local county or state fair. Take a stroll through the barns, strike up a conversation with a young exhibitor about his, or her, project. Watch the 4-H auction, maybe bid on an animal, and see how the hard work put in by the owner truly pays off. Experience a demolition derby, a concert, or play some carnival games with your family. Whether you are lifetime attendee or have never set foot on a fairgrounds, now is the best time to get involved in one of our countries oldest traditions- you will not regret it.

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In The Words Of Casting Crowns, My Life Will Be For 'Only Jesus'

"Only Jesus" by Casting Crowns has inspired me to live my life for Jesus.


When I watch the music video for Casting Crowns "Only Jesus" I am reminded of the reason why we are on this earth, alive, breathing air through our lungs, our hearts beating, and time going on and on.

We are on this earth, not to seek our own glory, our own accolades, and our own selfish greed, but to know God, love God, and to make Him known in this world, through sharing how God's son Jesus has set us free from our sinful lives and has resurrected us spiritually.

At the beginning of the video, we see Mark Hall, the lead singer of Casting Crowns, driving down a road, eventually driving into a junkyard. The junkyard is both a setting for the music video and an allegory. The junkyard is allegorical to show that everything we obtain in this world, both material things and in achieving our own selfish pursuits of self-glory, self-pride, and self-adulation, will one day rot away and decay into nothingness.

No one will remember you in 500 years when you are dead and gone. The only exception to this is if you do something spectacular with your life that makes you famous. Only then will people remember what you did, not the person that you really was.

But living for Jesus and dedicating our lives to the "good fight" is the everlasting legacy we should pass on.

We should be remembered how we dedicated every minute of our lives being fishers of men for Jesus. When Christian men and women live this way, their children learn about God's love, which in turn causes them to surrender their lives to God, then passing God's love to their children, repeating this infinite loop of love for all time until Jesus comes back. Only Jesus is eternal. Only His love is eternal.

So when I die, "I don't want to leave a legacy. I don't care if they remember me, only Jesus."

Because my Lord Jesus Christ, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit is the only thing that matters.

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