Easier to take and afford. And they're fun.
I took one this weekend. We went to Emigrant Lake, just 25 minutes from my apartment and only $4/car for the day. Cheap, near, and fun.
Emigrant is a man-made lake just east of Ashland complete with campgrounds, RV hookups, boat docks, waterslides, and lake access for the wanna-be beach bums. That was me and my group of co-workers Saturday.
Six of us made it to the lake, bringing all we needed: chairs, sunscreen, inner tubes, sandwiches, chips, watermelon, and, of course, beer.
From 12-5 we were just relaxing, reading, swimming, laying out, and playing.
Perfect weather -- sunny, hot, but not oppressive, a light breeze -- made for a perfect day with friends.