Point blank hiking

Bringing a camera along on a mountain hike can be a double-edged sword.  For me, the day will either be a 1). focused hike up a rocky, mountain trail with a breathtaking vista at an alpine lake as my reward and I may or may not remember to take a picture at the top, or 2.) a photographic safari that requires stopping every five feet along the trail to get low to the ground to notice something unusual at point blank range with the lens of my camera.  They are both great reasons to get up into the mountains, to be sure.  But I can’t do both at the same time.  So yesterday, I went point blank hiking.

The signs of summer

The other day I noticed signs of summer underway…hot temps? Yes.  91 degrees in my living room (no joke).  Pavement too hot to step upon?  For sure – no more going barefoot on the driveway.  The newly planted blooms already thirsting for water?  Sadly, yes.

I see signs of a HOT summer…

Peeling paint…didn’t we just paint that last year?









A lawn chair dusted off and sitting in the sun…









The perfect summery strappy sandals…








And alas…the ubiquitous coals that won’t light.









How will you keep your cool?