Bill Satre | Brainerd Area News

How DID Your Summer Compare?

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As Labor Day was the unofficial end of Summer 2020. September 22nd it will officially be over.  We wondered, in general, how did this summer compare to an average summer?

A survey conducted by YouGov asked 1,500 Americans if this was their worst summer ever because of the pandemic and all of the restrictions.  Only about one in six, or 16%, said yes. 14% said it was a “good” summer overall . Meanwhile a solid 38% said it was “average” and 30% said it was “bad.”

And it turns out some Americans have been having a blast the last few months.  2% said it was their best summer ever.  The survey also found the most popular thing to do over Labor Day weekend this year was absolutely nothing, just stay home and relax. 

Here in the lakes area we have seen plenty of visitors this year. Outdoor activities with little to no crowds were on most peoples “to do” lists this summer since almost all large group activities were nixed, both indoor and out. 

With just about every event that we were looking forward to this year cancelled or postponed I finally had chance to spend time enjoying the lake and spending time on the pontoon. We still went camping on the weekends that we had set aside for Lakes Jam and Iconic Fest even if it was just at home or friends properties. It wasn’t the best summer but we made the most out of it. (-Bill)

Without the concert festivals this summer, camping weekends were sometimes a little closer to home.