This is it. This is the time before it's too late to do summer stuff-right now! Boom-that was it, that was the time-there-it just passed, it's officially too late to do summer stuff. But if you're clever and quick acting, you still have a small, small window to...
Go to Thunder Road. It's a great paved oval stock car racetrack, boasting a fantastically run program, with dedicated drivers, crew members - and the families of, set within a natural scenic bowl-like location. There are special event races through early October, but the summer season of Thursday night races is just about done. So hurry. And by the way, all you rich, snooty liberals and conservatives: the working class folks you're going to gawk at would marvel at you, too, if you stood out.
Hike a mountain, fast. Sure, you may have hiked a mountain this summer, but you may not have hiked it fast. You should, now, because the mountain will beat you down; you'll realize how out of good health you are. Then you'll have an entire year to get in shape for your next summer's "Summer of Hikes".
You think spring is the best time to clean your crib? It's not. Late summer nights are. Late summer days kayaking, or canoeing, hiking or playing ball will boost your energy so that you can carry it well through the evening and into the early morning. Trust me. Do something active all day, in the Sun-near the water-then come home and see if I ain't right. You'll want to keep on going. Winter housework? Nah. Spring-cleaning? Nah. Those seasons, especially in good ol' Vermont, can kick your butt. Clean the heck out of your house from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Summer's when to get things done.
Because you've but a closing window on summer stuff to do, the above suggestions are all I'll offer you. I don't have time to write more cause I'm trying to fill my closing window with summer stuff. Oh, I will add that you should visit Montgomery, Vt.
Montgomery is near Richford. Richford is on the border, so Montgomery is up there. Routes 118, 58 and 242 peg it. Like all good Vermont towns, Montgomery has a sister town, Montgomery Center. So with your closing window, add Montgomery to the list.
I could tell you about each Montgomery, but then there'd be no reason to visit. I will say that while sitting on the corner for 20 minutes I was greeted by local elementary school kids on bikes, men on big tractors, a dude on a scooter, walkers, bikers, a Baptist minister, and a stray dog. (I'd bet they were all related, too.)
When I first pulled into town I walked to a parked car whose driver was an 80-year-old gentleman. I asked him if he could tell me where I could find a covered bridge.
"There's supposed to be eight of them in this town," he said. So, when you find a town where the locals are completely unimpressed by what many towns would brag about, you know you've found a solid place.
Well, maybe the old gentleman didn't brag cause if he was to brag about all the classic Vermonty things Montgomery has to offer, he'd a never made it to bed that night.
Yup, add Montgomery and Montgomery Center to your remaining window of summer; you'll no doubt be happy you did, especially if you eat there.
I had the best turkey club sandwich I've had in my life a joint in one of the two Montgomerys. I'm not saying which Montgomery or at what restaurant 'cause that would take the fun out of it for you. And I'm all about you having fun.
Rusty DeWees tours Vermont and Northern New York with his act "The Logger." His column appears weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Listen for The Logger, Rusty DeWees, Thursdays at 7:40 on the Big Station, 98.9 WOKO or visit his website at www.thelogger.com