It’s that kind of heat that makes you slow down and feel the weight of your bones. The silent humming of sweat drones out of your pores and a dull pain overtakes thoughts you normally have.
It’s the vacation season.
All of your “I live where you vacation!” bumper stickers are slaps in the face right now. Loud motorcycles piloted by hellions, dentists, evangelicals and morons blast by you in a hideous roar that only those assholes can achieve – at least most of them wear tiny helmets so their brains won’t be saved for some distant future donation. The trailheads are packed with vehicles and the trails turn dusty to hide themselves. The river has a full blown raft and beer can hatch that will last till September. The big fish lie deep and the little guys take the prime lies. Driving through Truckee causes my blood pressure to spike so fiercely I avoid it all together. Giant land whales with names like “Vortex” and “Cougar” hog up the highway for miles, and seem oblivious to this fact.
Solitude and quiet places are at a premium during these summer months. If the desert wasn’t such a visage of Hell this time of year I’d go east – but it offers little in the way of distraction during the summer. No hunting, weeded out fishing holes, and snakes galore for my dog to play with.
My mind drifts to frosty mornings and empty roads. Snowy peaks and busting birds. Waking up with frozen water bottles 200 miles from home. Standing in a frigid river during a downpour and swinging for those over-romanticized heathens returning home from the ocean. Solitude in the unthinkable breaching of wilderness in less than perfect weather.
You know, the good stuff.
So I tend to hide indoors most of July and August. Work, beer, sleep. I will sneak away to some high lonely spots, but mostly I’d rather work all of the time and stack cash to go play when everybody else returns to work, football, and school.
I do have some plans to get out and share with you in the next couple of months, but they’ll be few and far between.
I hope you’re more productive and positive during this trying time of good weather and the outdoors filled with fair weather sports. I’m trying to make the most of it.