It was hot, so we took a walk

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?


About Susie

I teach Family and Consumer Sciences at a large suburban high school in the St. Louis metropolitan area and have been in the classroom since 1985 - my goal is to stay relevant and innovative even though I've been around long enough for Wilma Flintstone to have been my mentor! Married since 1983 and mom to two adult children who live out of state. About to become a first-time Mor-Mor (grandma) in December.
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One Response to It was hot, so we took a walk

  1. Liz Burgess says:

    I love haunted….did not know this place was there. I’ll make a note for my next visit. Great pictures, Susie! Haven’t found the best parks to walk in our neighborhood yet. However, can’t wait to visit one of the “dog beaches”. Good luck on your color run! If I stay unemployed much longer, I just may take up training and join you and your friends! Happy 4th!!

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