Instead, I'll just reminisce. To a cooler place ...
Rattlesnake National Recreation Area in Montana ... trail going up Spring Gulch.
I feel cooler already!
Spring Creek ... hence the name "Spring Gulch."
The water is nice and cold. It's fed by snow melt.
Up Lolo Canyon, Montana.
An old logging road. It's not abandoned, just used for purposes other than logging.
Like trail rides. I took this photo on our half-day trail ride on wonderful Tennessee Walkers from Dunrovin Ranch. They are the best. Check them out if you ever find yourself in Lolo and love horses.
Peaks of granite shreaded by glaciers.
This view took my breath away. Blodgett Canyon holds even more stunning vistas, but this is what I was able to reach that day. Kids got hot and tired and wanted to get back to the rest of the family.
My two grandsons and their cousin having fun in Blodgett Creek. I worried about them getting bored ... that worry was completely in vain. Just give kids some sand, cool water and some raw materials and their imaginations keep them occupied and happy for hours!
More adults should be like them.
And yeah, there were 4 generations on this little excursion. And a doggie.
My abandoned Sketchers. They are great for walking around town, even hiking on nice, clean trails. But Blodgett Canyon was carved by glaciers which means the ground is littered with rocks. Tons of rocks. So the trails are rocky and require a shoe with much thicker soles. Lesson learned.
Tired feet. And one foot is covering the other which, by that time, was sporting a broken toe. Toe got broke after a royal stubbing on the cut log that was in the creek acting as a great seat to use for cooling off feet. You can see it behind Ariana in the picture of the kids playing. Stupid log. (Don't look at me to take credit for the stupidity that broke my toe.) When I stubbed the toe, I heard all sorts of cracking. Over the noise of a glacier-fed mountain creek! o_O
So here I am, back in Texas for over two weeks now, hot and still nursing that toe! I must admit though, I really do feel cooler.