We’ve been having a massive heat wave – the hottest I can remember it ever being here in the northwest – days upon days of the upper 90’s. It probably wouldn’t seem like much to someone somewhere else in the world, but here it’s much too early in the season for this kind of heat, and the temperature sure makes me grumpy.

Sam and I escaped to the Skokomish river the other day, and it was the best day I’ve had in a long time. Once we got past the slightly sketchy people camped at the trailhead, we walked up the river and found a series of small pools just right for swimming.

I’d really like to go camping soon, but one or the other of us keeps getting sick and foiling our plans. Hopefully we’ll still be able to make it happen a few times before the summer’s over.

I’ve been reading books from the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome. I try to read them every summer, they’re my favorite seasonal books for sure. Someday I’m going to learn how to sail…

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