Activity Spotlight – The Dog Days of Summer

What exactly are the Dog Days of Summer? The dog days of summer are actually named for Sirius, the Dog Star, which rises at the same time as the sun this time of year (roughly July 3 through August 11). The phrase has come to refer to the sultry part of the summer, marked by lethargy and an avoidance of activity.

But you don’t want the summer to pass you by without a little fun in the sun! So how do you enjoy the warm weather without getting burned out? Here are a few ideas for chilling out in Hocking Hills in these dog days.

Take a leisurely hike to Cedar Falls – this lovely, easy hike under a canopy of trees keeps the sun from beating down on you. Walk past massive rock formations, proud old trees, and across quaint bridges to get to the waterfall itself. It is especially gorgeous a few days after a rain when the waterfall is full but not too aggressive. Wear sturdy shoes with good soles to avoid slipping on the rocks. And definitely bring a quiet sense of wonder to enjoy the atmosphere.

Water sports abound in Hocking Hills, with heat-friendly activities like canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. All lend themselves to a lazy afternoon of letting go and going with the flow. Enjoy seeing life from a different perspective as you float down the river and let it take you along for the ride. Wear your life vest for safety and don’t be afraid to get a little wet.

From Whit’s Frozen Custard in Athens to Michael’s Ice Cream in Jackson and McClure’s in McArthur, you’re sure to find some sweet treats to the beat the heat including slushies, milkshakes, and creamy frozen custard.

There are also several craft breweries and wineries in the area for a more grown-up way to cool off.  Br3w3ry has an eclectic collection and our very own Raven’s Roost Pub always has craft brews on tap and a selection of drafts to enjoy on the Patio.

The most important thing to remember this time of year is to keep hydrated, reapply your sunscreen often, and always take a moment to relax and enjoy the laid back pace of the dog days of summer.

Jim Reed

Jim Reed is a lifelong gamer who started with the original red box Dungeons & Dragons. After spending 20 years in the corporate world, he decided it was high time that work be fun and struck out on his own. Jim now owns and operates Ravenwood Castle, and spends his days ensuring his guests have as much fun as he does.