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12. Watch the Perseid Meteor ShowerThe Perseid meteor shower will be visible each night from July 23 to August 20, but its peak (with the most meteors per hour) will probably be the night between August 12 and 13. To get the best view, head for a less-populated area after dark and spread out blankets so you can gaze at the sky. And if you miss the Perseids, any night in summer is a great time to go stargazing.Tell us: What are you doing for fun this summer? MoreSimple Pleasures: Savor a Starry EveningHow to Grow Your Own Cocktail GardenA Quick-Start Guide to Bird-Watching for Fun and LearningBrowse fire pits
“Whether you live in the city or country, whether your yard is small or large, finding a way to enjoy your outdoor space after the sun goes down is worth the effort.” — Laura GaskillHighlighting this article is my excuse to ask: Did any of you catch the supermoon a few days ago? It was spectacular, and I found myself stepping out on the front steps about every 30 minutes to go look at it again. I wish I would have read this article first. It’s not only a simple pleasure to sit outside on a mild summer evening and enjoy the stars, it’s also good for the soul. Gaskill offers up some ways to make it social, like campouts and al fresco dinner parties, as well as how to get comfy with the right (lack of) lighting for the best viewing.Full story: Simple Pleasures: Savor a Starry Evening
8. Create your own camp experience. A built-in fire pit is the perfect gathering space for late-night chats, family campouts and post-dinner-party drinks. For a more rustic look, chop your own old logs into DIY seats and set them up in a ring around the fire pit in a remote corner of your yard. Of course, s'mores are mandatory.How to make a stacked-stone fire pit
In lower zones, fire pits are a great way to illuminate and warm an intimate space under the stars. In higher zones, they can provide warmth during the day as well.Of course low-voltage landscape lighting can be used to great advantage. Keep it subtle and avoid adding unnecessary light pollution, which would affect the views of the night sky for you and your neighbors.