Though summer officially ends is September 22, with summer break coming to an end, the nostalgia of summers gone by has come again.
Anna Rojas chooses to spend her free time running and jogging with friends at the Altus Reservoir and taking advantage of the mild weather, but as an adult there are freedoms from her childhood she wishes she could still enjoy.
“I miss having a summer break,” Rojas said. “I had more time to spend with my family and friends when I had that.”
Families take advantage of the break in school to take family vacations whether that’s down U.S. 283, north to Quartz Mountain Nature Park, east on U.S. 62 the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge, or out-of-state.
Teresa Briscoe remembers spending her summers visiting family.
“My favorite is going to South Texas to see my family,” Briscoe said. “And going to the beach when we get together.”
With cloudy days and and cooler weather, the summer wind seems to be hinting toward autumn. School will start for Altus students August 15, but there’s still time to make a few more summer memories before children go back to school.
Whether it’s spending the afternoon at the Linda Wiginton Aquatic Center, the Altus City Park, or feeding the geese and ducks at the Altus Reservoir, there are plenty of ways to squeeze in a few more fun, summer activities without leaving town.
For those wanting to take a scenic drive, the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge offers buffalo-sightings and visits with friendly prairie dogs, and the Quartz Mountain Nature Park is home to Lake Altus-Lugert with paddle boat and kayak rentals, fishing, and golfing.
Reach Katrina Goforth at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.