We have had 100 degree plus weather here in the midwest – and the outlook is for these temperatures to continue. Growing up in the GPNW (Great Pacific Northwest) I remember any daily high over 80 was a rare occurrence – and worthy of much anguish, moaning, griping and complaining. We didn’t have air conditioning in Bellevue, WA – even in our cars – one summer our neighbors put a sprinkler on their roof to cool down the house. The orignal swamp cooler?
As a 20-year resident of the middle part of the country, I have come to expect humidity, heat and A/C as a necessity rather than a curiosity. I”m not even afraid of lightning and thunder any more! So, exercising when it’s ONLY 90 degrees and 50%+ humidity is just what we do. We find awesome trails and realize the importance of shade. Yesterday, the Hubs, Wrigley, and I ventured down to the Al Foster Trail in Wildwood, MO ( supposedly haunted…). It follows the original rail bed of the Pacific Railroad and parallels the Meramac River – it meets all requirements: shaded, flat and not-as-hot as the rest of the world at 9 a.m. (It’s also where Kristine, Terri and I are training for The Color Run in August.)
We start out paralleling the little Wabash Pacific Railroad…
Then we hit a section we refer to as the desert…there are catus…it IS a desert!
See the cactus? Qualifies as a desert to me!
Surviving the heat and barrenness of the desert, the next 2 miles of shade beckon…
There is a lot to see on the trail – a mini train trestle, flowers and our neighbors!
Since Wrigley had been such a good sport, we gave him an opportunity to cool off in the river – there is access to a little “beach” on the new leg of the trail.
Did I mention it was hot? I caught this shot inside the car AFTER it dropped down from 114°
So, since river water isn’t such a good choice to drink we quenched our thirst with a Beer ‘Garita! (super easy and potentially “points friendly” if needed! A Southern Living recipe)
Enjoy…summer is moving WAY too fast for me! How about you?