Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Changing My Tune about Summer

Pikes Peak viewed from a rock formation at Garden of the Gods
We went to both places! Wow!

I've long said that summer is the one season I can't stand. Ours are long and hot. Our hottest days are 45C/113F and we usually get a handful every year, now. Our 'regular' days are often somewhere between 35C/86F and 38C/100F. It's dry, the north wind blows and feels like you're in a hairdryer or a heater and breathing that in. The sun is merciless. It doesn't cool down overnight.

Contrast that with Colorado Springs. A balmy, comfortable 24C/75F. A gentle, fresh breeze and evenings are lovely and cool. You need a blanket ~ particularly if you're in the basement, as we were. And Pikes Peak still has a little bit of ice here and there around the top. So if you need to cool down you just drive up and enjoy the 3C/37F and then return home. Course, you'll find it hard to breathe at 14,110 ft....but it'll be nice and cool!

You know, I've changed my tune about the idea of summers. If I were to live in a place like Colorado Springs (not that I'm moving!!!) I could so do summer and it would be a joy. I'll be remembering that when our summer comes along, harsh and unbearable as ever.


Left-Handed Housewife said...

I'm just back from the mountains, where summer is actually bearable--imagine! And now, back here in the middle of North Carolina, the temperatures are up to 99 degrees F (sorry, I don't know the C). So I'm wondering, why don't we spend all summer in the mountains? For once, I wouldn't have to spend the months of June, July and August complaining about the heat!

Can't wait to hear more about your trip.


Tracy said...

99F is up around 37-38C. Hot, yucky. Perfectly acceptable to complain about because it's nasty. I'm so with you on that one, Frances.

Anonymous said...

I know exactly what you mean. We are spared harsh winters but summer can be truly awful!

I am glad you had such a wonderful trip.