Although officially over around September 21, our summer heat can last until Halloween. Cozy sweaters and boots mock us in advertisements, while our Pumpkin Spice Lattes are served iced :-(
The large crates of watermelons at the grocery stores are replaced with pumpkins, but the heat makes you wish for watermelon.
Drought conditions give the landscape a parched and unwelcoming look, making "getting out in nature" less than desirable. While other areas of the country are seeing a dusting of snow, we just have the dust. Recent hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico have increased our humidity and pushed a few sprinkles to our area, but the fire danger is beyond extreme.
|Enough summer already!|
I've referenced "lasts" in prior posts, recognizing their significance in this final year before we launch. Some are big, some are small. Most of them raise a variety of emotions. This last late summer is big, and there are no mixed feelings.
One of the elements of our new lifestyle that I am most looking forward to is the ability to follow the weather - and to move away from the extremes. This is the last yucky September that we are forced to stay in SoCal, and I am so looking forward to having it behind us!
While a lot of fulltimers look forward to their last winter snow, their last months of icy roads - I am grateful that this is our last "extended summer". Next year we can be somewhere that the leaves start changing in September, where the morning dew is a little frosty before the sun is all the way up, where a sunny sky doesn't mean 90 degrees, where the critters are starting to grow a heavier coat, where Fall is everywhere before the end of October.
Yes, I know there will be occasions when we can't move for some reason. There will be "surprise" weather that we can't avoid. The road will not always lead us to seasonal perfection. I know. We will need the air conditioning sometimes. And the heater. But not for months at a time :-)
Fall is a week away. We are under an extreme heat warning for two days. It's awful. And it is the last time.
Next year at this time we will feel Fall in the air. We will see colors in the leaves. We will have a pumpkin in our shopping cart. We won't miss the watermelon.