As we roast in the heat during this unusually hot and dry summer, we’re all doing our best to stay cool- like blasting the AC in our cars on the way home after work, and keeping the shades drawn during the day to prevent our homes and offices from becoming a sauna. As much as we look forward to summer once mud season begins, it’s always a disappointment when we feel forced to stay indoors when it’s sunny outside. Let’s face it though- summer will be over soon, and before we know it we’ll be pulling our hats and scarves out of storage and scraping the ice off our windshields in the morning. As much as we may feel forced to stay indoors because of the summer heat, we still encourage all of our fans and readers to get outside and enjoy the outdoors (because who wants to look back in a few months and regret not making the most out of summer?!). Getting out of the house and on a trail for a hike in the early morning is a great way to stay active- and stay cool. If you have dogs, we recommend taking them to a trail that runs along a river- that way when it gets too hot, the pets can cool down in the water- and so can you. If you have kids, an afternoon at the local rec center pool is a great way to have fun and enjoy the outdoors.
When you’re active in the sun and heat during the summer, it is important to remember to protect yourself and stay hydrated. That’s why we are giving away sunscreen, a water bottle, and a hat from The North Face to one lucky winner! Tell us why you need to stay hydrated this summer (are you attempting your first Fourteener next month, or maintaining an awesome garden in your backyard?) in a comment below, and one random winner will be chosen from the comments. Contest ends Monday, July 30th. Prizes will be shipped for free within the U.S. only.
Good luck to all of our readers and fans!