June 24th National Swim A Lap Day

I think this is one of the best sports ever created! Swimming! And perfect for summer! I mean, what other sport can you do during the summer and not sweat! And swimming laps, not just getting in the pool and splashing around, is some of the best excercise you can get!

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If you don’t have your own pool there are many public pools that you can go to. Even the ocean or lakes are available. (Though swimming laps might be a challenge if you use the ocean) In fact the public ones probably actually allow you to swim laps where home pools are designed more for just having fun and hanging out.

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And a lot of people look really, really cool in their swim suits… of course many more, like me, don’t look so good but at least you are covered up by the water! You exercise your heart, lungs, legs, arms, stomach, toes and even your brain (Keeping you from running into the sides of the pool).

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There are even dogs that love to swim laps! Naturally they don’t know they are swimming laps and some laps turn in to circles but it’s even good exercise for them! (My dog loves to walk in the rain, but sadly won’t swim with me.)

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It’s fun, it’s cool and it’s great exercise… what more do you want!?! Jump in! But make sure the water is deep enough that you won’t bottom out.

How to celebrate – Go for a swim today. Gradually develop swimming more laps and great distances. Remember not to eat while swimming… your food will get all soggy.

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August 7th National Lighthouse Day

August 7th National Lighthouse Day

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Over the years, it’s hard to imagine how many lives these beacons of light have saved. Built to warn of dangerous coast lines, hazardous shoals, and designate safe entry points to harbors, these lighthouses guide ships, and now planes, to safety.

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The first known lighthouse in America was in St. Augustine, built in 1586. The United States formed the US Bureau of Lighthouses in 1789, eventually giving over control to the Coast Guard.

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How to celebrate – Visit a lighthouse near you, Most lighthouses had caretakers that kept the light lit, study the history of those heroes of the seas. Build your own mini-lighthouse in your yard.