Summertime work and play

Summertime in the great Pacific Northwest is a feast for the senses. Those of us who live in Clark County are especially lucky to enjoy memorable experiences each year.


Samuel Slivkov, 3, of Vancouver makes his way into a shallow area of water while cooling off from hot summer temperatures with a crowd of swimmers at Battle Ground Lake State Park on Tuesday evening, July 17, 2018. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

The smell of a campfire. The feeling of the cool water as you dive into a stream or lake on a hot summer day. The taste of fruits and vegetables freshly picked by a local farmer. The sound of children playing before watching a movie in the park. The sight of the sunset as it slips behind the trees on a warm, August night. 


Rudolfo Miranda of Joe's Place Farms, center, helps collect late summer yellow peppers while working with colleagues just after sunrise in Vancouver on Wednesday morning, Aug. 8, 2018. In addition, workers were busy picking an assortment of other produce such as tomatoes, apples and peaches. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

As summer fades into the fall and residents prepare for the changing seasons by breaking out their rain gear, we look back on things that remind us of the feeling of summer.


Zakary Pousson, 6, of Scappoose, Ore., dives into a gooey s'more while joining friends and members of his family around the campfire at Battle Ground Lake State Park on Tuesday evening, July 17, 2018. Pousson said his favorite park of camping was getting to explore the area, swimming in the lake and sleeping in a cozy tent. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)
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