Heat and (Un)Happiness


Spending time in nature is supposed to be peaceful, relaxing, and invigorating. It is supposed to be calming and good for the soul. A walk in the woods should provide quiet contemplation and refreshment.

This is all true unless you are hiking with me on a summer day when the temperature is climbing. I, sadly, do not provide a lot of peace and quiet as I moan and groan my way up the path complaining about summer and the fact that I will pass out from the heat before I reach the end of the trail. Why yes, I am a lot of fun in summer.

Last week we went for a hike at Old Furnace State Park. It is a frequent hike of ours since it is five minutes from our house. I love it in the fall when all the leaves are changing colors. We have even done it in the dead of winter and I was fine with that. Summer, though, is evil. However, last week the mountain laurel was in bloom and that was enough to make me stop complaining and enjoy the beauty around me.





The mountain laurel is scattered all through the forest and even though we were there just past its peak it was still beautiful. The views at the top of the cliffs were also a wonderful reward for hiking in the heat. I spent a good amount of time collapsed on top of the cliffs insisting I was going to die but eventually I cooled off and was able to appreciate how beautiful it was. We simply sat and soaked in the view for a long time.




Hiking down the trail is obviously much easier than hiking up and I was much cooler and happier. It really is a beautiful spot and we are fortunate to have it so close to home. We saw almost no one on the path and only one other family was at the top on the cliffs.



Every year I seriously consider moving somewhere where the temperatures never get out of the 70s. Doesn't that sound lovely? No more heat, just warm, comfortable summer days, and hopefully, cool nights. I don't even care if the winter is long; just promise me no more summer days in the 90s and I will pack my bags.

I have written about this park before here.

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  1. What a lovely area you live in. The mountain laurel looks great. We still haven't been up a hill this year as it always seems to be either too hot or too grey. For me 70 F would be too hot to hike!

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    1. Obviously, I need to move to Scotland. A country where 70 is hot sounds like it would be perfect for me.

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  2. I am envious of your glorious sunshine, (we just had a v exciting 2 day heatwave in southern england but back to drizzle this morning) but I understand if the weather is not for you, but wow what a beautiful location...

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    1. Well, if I could combine mild temperatures with glorious sunshine that would be ideal! The east coast of the U.S. is very pretty. I think we all just get used to the prettiness around us though and it becomes everyday life.

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  3. Very beautiful! I'm another who can't stand heat, though 70 is 21, and 80 is 26 Celsius. Those temps I can handle - and enjoy. The 90s I can't do. Still I prefer hiking when it is the 60s Fahrenheit. Scarily here, although it is the middle of winter, the mosquitos are out and it is only getting down to mid 40s tonight. Bodes ill for summer. Lucinda

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    1. We had a very mild winter too. It is odd weather. I hate the humidity when stepping outside feels like stepping into a sauna.

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