A Piece of Summer || A short story / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


A Piece of Summer || A short story

We were hiding in a concrete ditch, a storm drain meant to guide rainfall for conservation. It rarely rains here in San Diego, so the irrigation system was as dry as sandpaper on chapped lips. We heard the voices of two jabbering ladies in the distance. They were getting closer with every word, every footstep. As their sound grew louder, we quieted ourselves to a somber whisper.

We were dressed in the perfect camouflage for a dry chaparral, wearing only dark brown & black. A far cry from the normally bright colors I tend to sport. I guess it was meant to be. We lurked undetected like a hungry lioness hunting for zebra. The women walked by; they never saw us from our post. 

Our initial plan was to spend some time outside. We, Winona & I, had stopped by our favorite brewery for a growler of beer. We had each chugged a glass of water & took the plastic cups with us on our journey. We traipsed up the beaten path & into the ditch as a sign of solitude. A place where we could talk in peace, in nature. However, the constant sound of footsteps around us altered the purpose of the excursion.

piece of summer

The ditch was surrounded by native plants. Some were green but many were dry. A hummingbird fluttered by our heads. Winona carefully poured the brew into our miniature cups. I took a photo of her on my disposable camera. We slowly sipped & murmured faintly, as a man & his dog walked by. It felt like we were undercover detectives, staking out for our suspect. But in truth we were suspect ourselves, hiding there from humanity.

We were surrounded by trees & bushes with dry branches that scratched your bare legs ruthlessly. A sense of adventure can't be purchased. The tempting sun caressed the back of my neck. The California summer day began its metamorphosis into the California summer night. Daylight started to fall behind the mountains in the distance. We sat there tacitly commenting on the pastel sunset unfolding before us. A true beauty.

The last slurps of beer were consumed. The last of the evening trekkers passed by. The last rays of light vanished. Even the twilight turned into twinkling stars. Was it just another night? Or just another memory? Perhaps. But to me, it was a piece of summer.


How do you interpret this story? What's your favorite thing about summer?

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  1. Great post!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

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  2. Lucky it rarely rains in San Diego. I wish I could live in such a sunny country.

  3. lovely post xx


  4. Really lovely post Carmen.


  5. great post! such a fun and informative post! thank you for sharing :)

    xx Jamie| Love Peace and Shimmer

  6. Well, I think that the adventure was huge and that you kind of enjoyed and at the same time thought of "why am I dressed this way" :) But that you liked the colors you wore this time to!

  7. Aw I am glad that you can create a wonderful summer memory to look back upon! I loved the descriptions of your story and it sounds like a wonderful time :)
    Olivia | Her Name Was Celebration

  8. I love summer so much, the longer nights and warmer days!
    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

  9. Nice pictures! Love your writing style, it sounds like you had a great time :)


  10. I love how you write! This was great.
    - Kaitlyn | www.TheCrownFox.com

  11. Change is good! You're a great writer; lovely post.

    XO, Natalia from www.darlingtrend.com

  12. Great post Carmen! How I wish I could bring back my summer. Enjoy while it last.

    Have a nice day! :)


  13. Interesting and different post. Good read.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

  14. In here, it rarely rain too, i mean once a year i guess since i'm living in a sandpit :)
    Thanks for sharing your lovely thoughts


    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

    1. Eek I wish it would rain more because we really need it! :]

  15. Great post! So nice to get to spend time outside, enjoying the gorgeous weather!



  16. Cool look! Have a nice day :)

    I follow you!
    If you comment my post, I will comment your five posts!

  17. Lindas imagens tenha uma semana abençoada.

  18. I loved it! You are such a great writer!
    Here feels like summer during the whole year. But my favorite part of the summer is sit in the ground of the backyard of my grandma's house (where I grew up) and watch sunlight passing through the leaves of the big mango tree we have there. It smells my childhood. :)


  19. Wonderful pics! Have a great start tot he week:)


  20. Love it! You guys blended right in with the scenery! Fun! Added you on snapchat.

  21. I am so inspired by the beautiful moment you shared. It reminded me of one of the best summers of my life spent with my two girlfriends, observing the world around us but shielding ourselves from it at times. Thank you for the inspiration!


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