This three-day weekend was another scorcher. We hit 99 degrees just about every single day of the weekend and I'm pretty sure I'm either starting to acclimate to living drenched in sweat, or the heat has made me dehydrated and delirious enough to think this is normal. How do you folks from hot climates deal? I basically have to spritz my whole body in water and lay in front of a blasting fan to even sleep at night.
To escape some of the summer-time heat, we got out of town on Friday and went with a few of Ben's friends to a river to fish for crayfish and drink near some water. Ben had a dream of "getting his toes wet," but Fourth crowds meant going to the beach or to any nearby lakes or rivers would be a nightmare of crowds. We drove about an hour outside of Portland to Estacada to a park on the Clackamas River full of people floating. It had some great spots on the bank for anglers to fish for trout, a ton of wildlife (we saw an osprey catch a fish, a heron, many salmon jumping in the river, an American dipper, crayfish, and a I became intimately acquainted with many a bug), and the opportunity to not smell or hear the city for a few hours.
On the fourth, we holed up inside for most of the day drinking spritzers, and then had a hot BBQ outside with friends. We sweat for a good couple of hours until the sun went down and then watched the big firework show on the waterfront. All in all, the perfect sort of summer evening when the sun's out late and the drinks keep flowing.
I'm sad to see the weekend go, but I can see some lower temps in our future (next weekend it finally drops below 95) and I am trying to mentally hurry them along! I look forward to the day I can turn that AC off and make my electric bill a little bit happier.