|Lil Jake showing the tourists how to |
stay cool on the beach....
August nights however do offer somewhat of a reprieve. As the sun slips beneath the horizon, the mugginess might hang around in the air in its absence but the temperature drops to the balmy mid-seventies or low eighties, and suddenly it’s the perfect opportunity to take a walk on the beach. We bring our flashlights and our sense of wonder as the waves whisper to us in the dark and the sand cools the bottoms of our feet. We look for not just shells but we comb the beach for crabs, sea turtles and starfish, which are more likely to be out and about now that the multitudes of people have vacated their natural habitat.
|Lil Jake enjoying a summer |
weekend on the lake...
Night fishing is something else we do here on the coast. I remember August nights on a brother-in-law’s boat weaving our careful way through the bayou to the sea where we could drop our shrimp net. There’s a bridge that straddles the line between Alabama and Florida not far from home where night fishing was once very popular. It wasn’t just a chance to catch some grub, however. It was an opportunity to rub elbows with people from all walks of life. With the current running fast through the channel and the lights shining on the water from above, it was easy to see all manner of sea creatures floating by: eels, sting rays, crabs, and hordes of shrimp. The best part was making it back home late into the night for a midnight feast.
While the brutal heat of August chases anyone with any common sense into the comfort and air conditioning of their homes, it’s hard to stay indoors at nighttime. My favorite thing to do on hot August nights? Sit on the back porch in Adirondack chairs or a wooden swing with family members and friends sipping ice-cold sweet tea and enjoying the moment. Especially blissful are August nights at my family’s lakeside cabin in northern Alabama. Late night boat rides through the butter-smooth, warm, fresh water underneath a sparkly curtain of bright, silvery stars might even put one in the mood for romance! It certainly does for me....
It’s your turn, Roses! What is your favorite summertime activity to do by night?
I'm with you Amber. August isn't my favorite month either. But one thing I love to do on a hot night is hike by moonlight. In Arizona where I live, they have great desert hikes by moonlight. My favorite hike was out of Havasupai Canyon by moonlight.
My favorite night time activity would be the same. Walking or hiking. Especially in a place I'd never been before. Heat and I don't mix well, so night time it is.
Barbecues with friends on the shore of Lake Tahoe, watching the moon rise over the mountains. Good times.
Sandra, the hub has relatives in Arizona so I know how hot it gets there, too. Moonlit hiking sounds so amazing! Other than the beach, there's not really anywhere scenic to do that around here, unfortunately, thanks to snakes and alligators...
Margo, I'm with you! Nighttime temps in August make walking or hiking so much more enjoyable.
Janine, I love a good summertime barbecue. Maybe you have a point bbq-ing by night. Another curse of Gulf summers is the fickle daytime weather. The humidity makes pop-up showers an absolute certainty, only you never know when or where. Our 4th of July barbecue got rained out very quickly. We should have done it after the nighttime fireworks. Next year...
I lived in Florida and agree that August is HOT. Now I spend the summer in CT where I'll sit outside and watch the stars.
Barbara, when the hub retires I'm definitely going to drop hints about migrating north for the summers!
I love opening windows and writing. I don't do heat or humidity. Loved your post. Little Jake us uber cute. I could kiss the sweetness right off his cheeks.
Hi Jannine, Wow, I love picnics on the beach at Lake Tahoe.
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