Air condition or sweat. With temperatures that have been maxing out in the high 90â€™s with plenty of humidity, the choice seems obvious: air condition. Yet as I find myself running from air conditioned space to air conditioned space, the joy of nature is lost and part of me cries inside. My body is enough adjusted to the warmth that I still find myself wrapped in a shawl about half of every work day, but not enough that I would dare think of sleeping without my AC on. And this weekend I caught myself with the American attitude of running from the weather to perfectly acclimatized spacesÂ – so I cried inside and headed outside.
Saturday was Rock Island State Park with three friends and oneâ€™s 6 year old daughter. We spent the day splashing in the water, jumping off (small) cliffs, laughing much, and getting slightly sun kissed. The sun was hot but the water was cool. Today I went to Radnor Lake for a hike in what happened to be close to the hottest part of the day (by chance that is when the hike fit in to my day). It was hot, but the shade of the trees relatively cool and it was good to be outside where the birds were singing, the crickets chirping and the deer munching on grass.
I am so thankful that I do not wake up covered in my own sweat when I am in my own bed, but I am trying to not fall into the trap of the AC. I almost failed, but I think I am back on track. Two of the next three weekends are filled with camping and then I am headed back to Africa, so I think I will make it. I hope you are not trapping yourself indoors but are enjoying all that nature has to offer in the middle of this hot summer.