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A Summer to Remember: Your guide to the 2020 big edition

With many vacation plans on hold, our writers look back at some of their favorite adventures and suggest activities you can still enjoy
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Endless summer? More like endless uncertainty.

The run-up to the summer of 2020 has been less about planning for the big getaway than it has been wondering whether the big getaway is even going to happen. Yet another effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fortunately, things are starting to reopen just as we’re entering peak summer, but we’re still a ways away from life as usual.

Accordingly, this year’s Summer Big Edition of The Daily Gazette will be a little different.

We’ll have our usual array of stories about day trips and activities that you and your loved ones and friends might want to do this summer — but with one big caveat.

As we went to press on the section, many summertime destinations in the region were still unsure when they’d be able to fully reopen, if at all. We’ve done our best to piece together some useful information, but obviously it’s a situation in flux.

Instead, the bulk of this year’s section will focus on summers past. We’ve invited our staff writers and freelancers to share stories of their favorite summer trips.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we did while putting this section together.

 

Trip to N.C.’s Bald Head Island provides memories of a lifetime
Nothing could be finer…

Before cellphones or GPS, cross-country trek was ‘journey into the unknown’
An Alaskan adventure

Cross-country journey with daughters helped mom reconnect with America in wake of 9/11
Long haul for healing

Korean daze, nights became summer ritual
Food was the centerpiece

My favorite vacation wasn’t a vacation —  it was a job
Eight weeks at a summer camp on a lake in the woods

Retracing childhood footsteps through South Dakota and beyond
Recreating memories on an anniversary trip

All aboard for sights not seen any other way
From Denver to San Francisco

Myrtle Beach, Hurricane Bonnie and the magic soda fountain
An unforgettable trip

Winter intrudes on ‘summer’ vacation along one of loneliest stretches in North America
Alone in the wilderness on the road less traveled

Trip helps family bonds grow even stronger
Four generations of women — ranging in age from 11 to 87 — enjoyed love, laughs during 2009 vacation journey

Piling up the memories — and the miles
A trip to New Zealand

Many high points to Colorado vacation, but this wasn’t one of them
That time we nearly ran out of gas at 12,000 feet…

With apologies to John Denver, ‘Almost Heaven’ is Lake Champlain
Tucked away between the Adirondack Mountains and Green Mountains is paradise on glimmering shores

Out and about in the Capital Region? Check out some of these quirky 518 landmarks while keeping your social distance
Worth a closer look

Plenty of beautiful scenery is just a jaunt away from many Capital Region neighborhoods
Let’s go for a drive

From Schenectady to Bennington, these brewers make for a perfect road-trip respite
Sip, savor, repeat

Art institutions offer ways to virtually visit this summer
Each has its own way of presenting exhibitions and artwork

Museums make exhibits, collections available online
Best bets on which museums to (virtually) tour this summer

Venues, artists finding ways to keep summer concert sounds coming
And the beat goes on…

Theaters might not yet be an option, but there are plenty of summer movies to see
Keep that popcorn handy

Broadway is dark, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy theater online
On with the shows!

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