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Oh wow! It’s ninety-nine degrees in the Mile-High City today and I have a rare hankering to go up in the mountains, just to keep cool. I won’t, though, because of allergies and because of a horrible discomfort with mountain driving.
Not just my mountain driving, mind you, but the mountain driving of others who are not practiced at it and who are unaware of the laws and practices that make mountain driving safer.
It’s beautiful weather in Denver, even if it is hotter than most people enjoy. It is, of course, a lot cooler up in the mountains, and the scenery is amazing. The beautiful Rockies are a big draw to many Coloradans and to almost every visitor. The relatively crowded conditions are not conducive to complete safety.
Ways to Keep Cool
There are, of course, other attractions that give heat relief. Public pools are a favorite, especially with the younger crowd, as are lakes and reservoirs which are often open for swimming and/or boating.
Also, commercial waterparks are literally built for weather like this. While a bit expensive for my taste, they’re a fun alternative to a plain swimming pool.
Just be very careful to apply a sunscreen with a reasonably high sun protection factor. Be sure to cover all exposed spots and to reapply often for good protection. This is particularly important at this high altitude.
Malls and museums with good air conditioning are prime favorites of the shoppers or the education-hungry among us. Public libraries are also usually air conditioned. If you enjoy browsing magazines or reading books, remember you can do so in a comfortable chair at your local library. I am also quite fond of long slow browses through good bookstores in this weather.
For the homebodies among us, a multi-level home with a basement can be a great boon, especially if the basement is completely underground and not just garden level. My home has such a basement, but because the surrounding soil is so unstable, it is illegal to use the basement for any kind of living space. What a waste of coolness!
If you’re stuck in an uncooled living space and reduced to relying on fans, it’s a good idea to keep water-filled plastic bottles in the freezer. Then, when the heat becomes oppressive like this, set the bottles in a tub of water and set the fan to blow across the water’s surface. This is especially useful when the humidity is low, as ours is today.
If nothing else, a water fight in the backyard will yield some cooling benefits. A good deal of fun can be generated by rinsing an empty dish detergent bottle thoroughly and then refilling it with cool water. This may be more suitable for the younger set.
Hopefully, it’s cooler where you are, but if not, know that you’re not alone with the discomfort! If you have any suggestions for a cooler summer, let us know!