Summer may be drawing to a close, but there’s still time to complete a sun-drenched stoner bucket list

The pile of pumpkins outside my neighborhood grocery store is a harbinger, as is the growing pile of leaves in my driveway. Although the thermometer and seasonal calendar are still showing summer, I can smell fall in the breeze. The countdown to fall has begun, and we have few (hopefully emphasis on few) days of summer left. Maybe it’s time to complete an end-of-season leisure to-do list and stock up on your stash box with summer favorites because before we know it, harvest season is here and we’ll be putting away our water shoes for another nine months.

This year’s outdoor recreation opportunities may have been a little tamer due to a series of intense heat waves, but here’s a quick update: This is the new normal.

Alpine lake floats in September? Yes, please. Hide and seek on the Lärchenberg in shorts for the Jungfrau season? Count me among them. Whisper goodbye to summer on the sandy beaches of Sauvie Island while corn mazes hum with visitors in the background? Babes, I’m already in my plus size bikini. And I have all my strain recommendations ready for those bittersweet summer finale vibes.

Frog Lake + Dirty Taxi

Portland newbies looking for the perfect, last selfie of summer will be crammed with novelty swimmers at Trillium Lake, but if that’s not your scene, Frog Lake is just as beautiful, usually a little less crowded, and biologically diverse enough for all your nature photo needs. Bonus: its sandy beaches are the perfect spot for sunbathing with rocks.

A potential Lake Day smoke is Dirty Taxi, a super-euphoric, glowing and enthusiastic hybrid sativa. The body effects can last for hours and the head buzz is said to be crystalline and dizzying. Expect a stinky scent, a peppery exhale, and a powerful start.

TO BUY: The Kings of Canna, 1465 NE Prescott St., C, 971-319-6945,

Swan Island Dahlia Festival + Skullcap

Wandering through acres of flower farms in the full summer sun will soon no longer be a pleasant activity as temperatures continue to rise in Oregon. But as we lose daylight in September, the afternoon highs aren’t quite as brutal, making this the perfect time to pack an umbrella, sun hat or visor and twirl around the Swan Island dahlias (the annual title festival runs until 30. September). .

The aptly named Skullcap is a balanced hybrid, meaning its effects walk the line between calming and uplifting. Users report a calm, happy, easy-to-handle head high and a relaxing, bouncy body high that’s perfect for flower walks and twirling the parasol. Expect a sour funk perfume and a sweet, doughy exhale.

TO BUY: Homegrown Apothecary & Dispensary, 1937 NE Pacific St., 503-232-1716,

Mount Tabor Sunset + Acid Sunset

If you’re a longtime resident, you’re already familiar with this scene, but for new Portlanders, enjoying a summer sunset from the west-facing slopes of Mount Tabor is a rite of passage. Sizable crowds gather to bathe in the otherworldly light of the golden hour while random musicians strum their instruments. The air is lightly scented with cannabis – in a healthy way, not in some sort of music fest – and from that point of view, Portland is one of the easiest cities to fall in love with.

Sour Sunset is known as a physically relaxing strain with a crisp, creative head high. Initially, the high is euphoric, but eventually softens as you slip into a gentle bliss. It’s ideal for an evening lounging on a picnic blanket and imagining how you could probably paint the epic sunset you’re watching.

TO BUY: Gram Central Station, 6430 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., 503-284-6714.

Peninsula Park Rose Garden + Velvet Glove

Hidden behind Portland Community College’s Cascade campus is a whimsical rose garden with a short hedge maze, a sparkling fountain, intricate stonework paths and shady trees perfect for hide and seek. Arguably the most charismatic of all the rose gardens in the city, it’s a great place to get stoned with your arms, thighs, and toes outstretched.

Velvet Glove induces a classic space cadet head high that feels a bit like having cotton between your ears and has almost a sedative effect on the body. Before a meditative walk through the maze, a puff of Velvet Glove can provide just the right attitude to enjoy the space without internal background noise. Expect a gassy citrus nose and a sharp exhale.

TO BUY: Electric Lettuce Dispensary, 203 NE Weidler St., 971-407-3150,

Oaks Amusement Park + Purple Cotton

For countless Portlanders since 1905, no summer is complete without a trip to the legendary Oaks Amusement Park, even if nowadays you’re only there to watch the Screaming Eagle from a riverside picnic area. However, if you can make it midway, the right strain can protect you from overstimulation from Carnies, keep you loose enough to avoid whiplash on the Adrenaline Peak rollercoaster, and ensure you stay focused enough to finish a game to finish mini golf.

Purple Cotton delivers a weightless, euphoric head high and a silky, bouncy body feel that, while not necessarily energizing, still packs a measure of perk. Expect a cotton candy-sweet mouthfeel and funky fruit aroma.

TO BUY: Happy Leaf Portland Dispensary, 1301 NE Broadway, 971-800-0420, Summer may be drawing to a close, but there’s still time to complete a sun-drenched stoner bucket list

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