Well, it happened again – we lurched from that indeterminate few weeks that pass for Spring in this part of the world right into full-blown, Ohmigod-it’s-HOT-turn-down-the-thermostat Summertime temperatures. As often happens here, the transition was achieved with all the subtlety and finesse of someone throwing a brick through a plate glass window. Yep, this week we managed to set an all-time “highest temperature ever recorded in June” mark with a dainty little reading of 109 degrees Farenheit. That’s actual ambient temperature, folks, NOT heat index.
Luckily for us, Austin abounds with venues which allow the sweltering citizenry to escape into one form of water or another (and no, I’m not counting branch water, seltzer, or any other version of H2O applied orally in combination with ethanol by-products as an escape venue – at least not for the purposes of this particular blog. We can discuss internally applied liquid escapism in much greater detail at a later date…).
Contrary to some widely held misconceptions about Texas, this place is literally crawling with rivers, lakes, ponds, streams and pools. We even have a few captive waterfalls, which can be found spilling dramatically off high points in the surrounding Hill Country, to splatter noisily and festively into waiting pools of varying degrees of accessibility (and therefore popularity!) Why, right here in the middle of Austin we have Lady Bird Lake and Barton Springs – both of which offer significant reduction in body temperatures to those who swim, paddle, float or dive. It’s all about making the most of your environment – and I’ve got the feeling that this Summer, we’re going to spend a lot of time in the water.
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