Cool breeze under cottonwood trees

On the Trail

As summer finally gets real about its true intent—withering heat after a dank gray spring— we are suddenly tasked with locating an immediate place to cool down to avoid meltdown.

The recent arrival of climbing temps has the perspiring masses beseeching the weather gods for relief. I’m among the beseechers, only weeks after grousing mightily about the protracted June gloom weather.

Now I’m shedding layers faster than my overheated dog sheds fur and searching for a break from the parched...

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