Thursday, June 7, 2012
Those who adhere to a strictly astronomical definition know that summer will start on the Solstice later this month. But it doesn't take much astronomical knowledge to realize that in our desert valley, summer is here now. How do we know? It's too hot to ride in the middle of the day. Instead of trying, we headed up one of the local plateaus and found ourselves in a cooler place. Green meadows. Narrow trail. Splashy little creeks. Exotic wildflowers. Cloudy weather and a few sprinkles of rain. Just about everything we needed to contrast with the heat and dust nearer to home.