By David Leestma

Thank you, sun. Temperatures encourage it. Warming lake water draws you into it. Vacation is time to enjoy it. A mountain trail begs you to hike it. A seasonal fruit entices you to bite into it. A road trip helps you experience it. It’s that time of year to be out there doing it. It’s summer again!

Kids jumping into the lake. Photo submitted by Laura Krejci, Town of Lake Lure.

Breeze columnist, Jean Gordon, is convinced that children are healthier when they regularly spend time outside (page 19). The Olympiad, August 13-15, which includes the Junior Olympiad, August 14, (page 8). I bet that smiling Jr. Olympiad winner on this page will be back for more this year.

Congratulations to Lake Lure Classical Academy’s Class of 2021! (page 7). The 2021-2022 school year begins August 9, so make those week end plans now – don’t let summer slip away.  

Now that El Salvador has become the first country in the world to accept Bitcoin as legal currency, is cryptocurrency the new wave of the future? Before it replaces our dollar bills, Scott Baughman gives us a good idea what it actually is (page 8).

Read about the Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber’s “Outdoor Initiative” and “Growing Outdoors Partnership (page 9). Try some yummy recipes (page 29). Have fun under nature’s Thermal Belt protection (page 28), and keep paging through this Prime Time summer Breeze edition.

Are you having a family reunion here this summer?  Send us a group photo and caption of your event and we will publish it in the next Mountain Breeze. Send it to: mountainbreeze@bellsouth.net.

Have a happy and safe July 4th holiday.  Enjoy the fireworks July 3rd sponsored by Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure and July 4th sponsored by Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber of Commerce and Lake Lure Tours. 

Watch your garden grow. Take a splash every now and then. Enjoy eating summer’s best, and do that summer thing you like most before the school year begins. 

See you outdoors!