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Kelli Scott | Summer plans? The World has it covered

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We’ve got it pretty good here in North Central Washington.

As a kid growing up on the west side of the mountains, I spent a lot of hours bickering with my brother in the back of our family’s station wagon — my dad behind the wheel, my mom cranking up the CCR to block out our shrill little whines — as that old Chevy beast sped east on I-90 nearly every holiday weekend and several times each summer. For my family, and for so many other west-siders, this part of the state has always been our go-to sunny spot for recreation and relaxation. Once we were out of that car.

Now, as a year-round Wenatchee resident, I find summer sneaking up on me without any travel plans made, and I am just fine with that. I think a lot of people around here feel the same, and the recession-born word “staycation” is an old idea in these parts because, hey, if it’s sun and water you want, why travel hours for what’s in your backyard?

Whether you live here in North Central Washington or are just paying a quick visit to our sunshine, The Wenatchee World online can help you with your summer travel and entertainment plans.

If those plans include spending time at Lake Chelan, be sure to check out the first summer edition of Lake Chelan This Week, out now in print and on The World’s website ( Lake Chelan This Week is published every Friday into October and is chock full of photos, event listings, restaurant information and a wine map.

The 2014 Visitor Guide is also up now on the website and includes a comprehensive list of festivals, fruit stands, campgrounds, wineries and restaurants, among other things.

And on The World’s Pinterest account, we’ve posted links to hundreds of summer activity ideas and travel suggestions that will keep you and your family longing for a good hammock nap all the way through Labor Day.

Links on our summer activities Pinterest board include: “33 Activities Under Ten Dollars That Will Keep Your Kids Busy All Summer,” directions for creating a water dump bucket attached to a tree (finally!), and “How To Host A Water Balloon Fight.” (Regarding that last one, I haven’t checked the link, but I assume the proper hosting procedure begins by chucking a balloon full of water at someone. The word “host” makes the whole thing sound so weirdly civilized, don’t you think? “We shall now commence the violent throwing of balloons, to be followed shortly thereafter by your sister crying and calling for a time-out, at which time your mother shall insist that you knock it off. All fighting shall be postponed in the event of an approaching ice cream truck.”)

After you’ve used The World’s online tools to plan the perfect summer adventure and are out there having fun, we’d love to see a picture or two. Post your NCW summer vacation pictures on any social media site and add the hashtag #WenWorld. Or add your photos to The World’s reader submitted photo gallery on the website, or share your photos with us directly on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

And kids, go easy on the backseat whining. This is your parents’ vacation, too, I’ve been told.